Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal
In spring of 2020 we were approached by our client to build a stunning 3-storey house in Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal. The house had many standout features that the client was looking for – from the stone cladding to the half-vaulted ceiling upstairs and the dormers with a zinc finish.
The project was challenging, but very rewarding project to be involved from start to finish. The unique aspects of the external finishes of the building make for a lovely sight on completion. From the pics below you can judge for yourself
Location: Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal
Duration: 4 months
- Once agreement has been reached, we have our engineers do up a report in relation to the structural calculations for the build.
- We then review these calcs with our Timber Frame Designer and Truss Designer to ensure that all parties are happy to proceed with the set calcs
- Our Timber Frame Designer then designs all panels to the exact measurements of the foundations/plans so that when its erected-on site it is 100% accurate.
- Once the drawings have been done and all parties have reviewed and approved of them – it is sent on then to our production manager to organize the production schedule
- Our Factory then work to cut and assemble the panels as per the Designers drawings
- Once all panels are made and have passed our inspection, they are carefully loaded onto a truck and then delivered to the site
- After the team have unloaded the panels on site, they then erect the panels as per the Erection Schedule
- Once all panels are erected, the project manager will inspect the structure and ensure he is happy with all work done now
- Our Engineers (3rd party) will inspect the kit and then issue a certificate to show that it matches their calcs
Once the plans reach out Designer, he does up an initial 3D construct of the build to show what the build will look like. He also highlights in RED any steel that will be required for the build. The image on the left is the ground floor panel layout and the image on the right is the 1st Floor layout.
These images are extremely helpful as it allows us to have a visual idea on how the build should and will look when we have finished erecting the kit.
As part of our Part Build Package – we cleared the site and dug the foundations ourselves. We then proceeded to pour the foundations and then done all necessary work in order to get site ready for the Timber Frame Kit to be erected.
Our foundations plan was engineered and designed by a separate 3rd party from us and all work was inspected and signed off by the engineers once works was completed.
Erecting the Kit
After the kit is unloaded, the team then go about erecting the kit as described in the erection schedule. As you can see on the image on the left the large steel beams that were highlighted in Red on the previous drawings on the last page.
The kits are then snagged by the Engineers, so that if there is any minor problems – these can be resolved and they can issue a cert for the build to show its compliance.
For this particular project – the client decided to go with a semi-vaulted effect on the first floor ceiling. This is a very simple upgrade, but as you can see it adds a certain character to the house and nice look internally
For the exterior finishes of the house – we went with the following:
- Sand & Cement Plaster Finish
- Z Stone Cladding to back patio area
- Triple Glazed Windows and Doors with Passive Frames
- Tegral Endurance Slates
- Zinc Dormers