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…
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.
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!
Thank you, yes this is an exceptional conversion. However, it is privately owned and so additional information cannot be shared. I shall pm you in the coming days…
Thanks very much, would greatly appreciate some more information if possible.
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!