REQA was commissioned to design this replacement dwelling which occupies a site in a quiet residential area of Larne. Unfortunately, the original house had fallen into a significant state of visual and structural disrepair, and the place had become overgrown.
Finding the line between reuse and refurbishment or demolish and rebuild can be tricky. There are many factors to weigh up, but in this case, the pragmatic approach won.
Even though the original house could not be refurbished safely to modern standards, it was not without some character. It Included some unique design quirks subtly incorporated into the proposed design. Additionally, some items (for example, the fireplace) salvaged during demolition, were carefully recycled and provide Interesting features in the completed dwelling. Our approach was to reinstate with respect paid to what went before.