Dominic Stevens

LMS17

INSPIRATION

Dominic has just received an 2011 IAA award for his 'House' in south Leitrim. This is a  project that he has been working on for some time: to complete his own home, a '€25,000 self-build house'.

His concerns are low-impact, design-concious, affordable housing and he aims to have the plans for his €25,000 house available to download for free on a website soon. The legalities are the only obstacle at present.
Stevens believes there is real value to self-building. “The empowerment of being involved in building your own house is phenomenal,” he argues. “With very few skills you can be part of a team building a house, your house. That is a life changing thing.”

Has been inspired by the Walter Segal post and frame building method and believes that vernacular architecture is evolutionary design.


Currently he teaches at Bolton street DIT which we really enjoys and is working on a Coast guard station in the Burren; a 2 million euro project it is his largest work to date.


TYPE OF HOUSE

Low-cost self-build house


POINT OF INTEREST

Dominic Stevens worked for Christoph Langhof and Leipe Stegelmann, Berlin before moving to Co. Leitrim. He was Architect-in-residence with Roscommon County Council in 2005: ‘Making Houses in Rural Ireland’ and exhibited at the Venice Biennale 10th International Architecture Exhibition in 2006. He won his first AAI Award in 1999 and in 2005 was won the Arts Council / Office of Public Works research bursary the : Kevin Kieran Award
There is much written about Dominic Stevens and he has published a number of books and articles where his philosophy and architectural work is explained. A former editor of 'Building Material', the journal of the AAI, his publications include: (1999) 'Domestic, an approach to the design of domestic buildings' pub: Mermaid Turbulence; (2001) 'Drawing by Hand in Element' pub: Mermaid Turbulence; (2003) 'What Becomes of Rural Ireland?' in Irish Review, Cork University Press; (2005) 'Neo Rural Architecture' : Building Material 13, AAI.; (2007) 'Rural' pub: Mermaid Turbulence; (2009) 'The politics of building': HURL (human university in rural Leitrim).


ECO ELEMENTS

A low-cost build means that a a low or no-mortgage situation is possible. This creates a lower carbon-foot print and is certainly a more future-proof way of building.

A smaller home that goes against the trend of the celtic tiger years....a smaller home - one that is adaquate for ones needs and without surplus -  is easier to heat and maintain and is therefore more sustainable.

Use of a reed bed system.

Home-built solar panel for hot water needs.


CREATIVE ELEMENTS

The use of Onduline board reflects the farm building aesthetic of the area.  The building's compactness and angular form sets it out against the landscape.

The creative use of materials: re-use of and alternative uses for everyday products/materials.

Clever use of space designed with the inhabitant in mind.


ARCHITECT/DESIGN BY

Himself

BUILDER

Himself


MATERIALS

walls: exterior onduline board
walls : interior 8x4 ply wood sheets

intello breather membrane

insulation

rockwool

finishings cardboard cornices from packaging
   
   

HEAT SOURCE

Electric radiator and water heating from Airtricity.


WATER SOURCE

Mains.


WASTE

Septic tank and reed bed system.


GARDEN


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

There are four other homes on this website designed by Dominic Stevens: Grace and Joe, Tommy and Marian, Sue and Diego and Maureen and Matthew.

Thanks to Ros Kavanagh Photography for use of their photographs. See www.roskavanagh.com.

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