Intelligent Recycling


As a rule, old farm buildings in Ireland are allowed to slide into neglect and decay: it is rare to find an owner with the vision to see the possibility of alternative use. But as these photographs from County Cork show, it is possible to give a simple former barn new purpose and convert the building into an extremely attractive residence. If only there were more instances of such intelligent recycling to be found…


6 comments on “Intelligent Recycling

  1. Michael Kerrigan says:

    Robert, great photos of the old barn made anew. Surprised this is not a common practice given how beautiful the results seen here.

    • Thank you for your comment. You ought not to be too surprised: in this country the majority of people prefer to build anew rather than refurbish the old, despite the potential of the latter as shown here.

  2. John says:

    That really looks like a super conversion – do you happen to have any more information about it? I own a very similar property, also in Cork, and would like to do something similar. Thanks!

  3. Michelle says:

    I would love to see more of this house, or ones like it. So special! My grandmother was from Mallow — we have pictures of the cottage she grew up in. It was torn down long ago. I am glad this house survived. Thank you for this post, Robert!

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