Balrath House – A new build, modern Georgian style two storey house plan

Balrath house is a modern take on Georgian style dwellings. Externally the proportions are meticulously set out to ensure the design stays true to an authentic Georgian house. For example, the height of the house is determined by the length of the house. The size of the windows are determined by golden ratio. The chimney’s, windows, main entrance, dining room and the out build creates perfect symmetry to the observer approaching from the driveway entrance. Equally, the proportions of Georgian style extend inwards to room sizes and ceiling heights. However, we have carefully designed that the location of rooms are prioritised to their function and to maximise natural daylight. This is a very interesting project and would suit a lot of sites across the country.


Balrath house perspective


The Brief 

A New build residence and light touch site landscaping with demolition of existing house and outbuildings.

The development to provide:

  • – Georgian style two-storey residence;
  • – Symmetrical front facade;
  • – Open plan living/kitchen/dining;
  • – Modest salon (with outdoor access);
  • – Small pantry near the kitchen;
  • – Seperate utility (no rear access);
  • – 4/5 bedrooms with one bedroom downstairs;
  • – Downstairs bedroom to double as flexi-room;
  • – Primary bedroom to have wardrobe and ensuite;
  • – Secondary bedrooms to have built-in storage;
  • – Family/visitor bathroom downstairs;
  • – Main family bathroom upstairs;
  • – Modest shed/garage;
  • – Discreet parking area;

Design preference for comfortable/efficient space and don’t want to “match-box” rooms. Shared family avenue. Enhance site and setting with indigenous planting. Maximise solar gains and views to the south facing agricultural fields. Project Budget approx. TBC

The Concept


Balrath house development site

As the new dwelling is to be constructed on the family landholding surrounded by mature trees / hedging and agricultural fields, the setting of the site is distinct and should be sensitively treated. As such, our thoughts for the new dwelling evolved around the following concepts:

  1. The house takes its form from the traditional farmstead arrangement and the house, projections and garage appear as one symmetrical facade. The location of the house and garage sit where the existing structures stood so as to be respectful of the site’s history.
  2. Finishes take their cue from traditional materials to connect with the site context and agricultural setting.
  3. The transition between inside and outside for the main spaces is blurred with outdoor living promoted.
  4. Spaces arranged according to the sun path and natural body cycle.
  5. Clear spatial hierarchy between rooms.

The house responds to its place both in terms of its form and choice of materials. The white rendered finish echoes the traditional rendered cottages prevalent in this part of the country and the use of stone is limited to key architectural details such as the door surround, cills, entrance steps etc. Suitably sized windows while letting in as much light as possible. The kitchen is positioned as the heart of the home and allows for generous access to/from the garden. The dining area provides a contemporary twist to the structured window placement of the main house whereby expansive glazing allows greater use & views of the garden.


Balrath house floor plan basic


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To see the floor plans contact us today

If you would like to have a look at the floor plans for this house please get in contact with us. You can contact us by either phone or by email. Don’t be shy, we are very approachable and we look forward to hearing from you.


Client Review

“We were recommended MORE and we have not been disappointed. We are living in the UK and hoping to build in Ireland, after only a few phone calls Ian has delivered an impressive pre planning presentation. He has totally grasped what we envisage for our dream home.”


Ian + Rory O'Reilly in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, IE on Houzz

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