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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Designing appropriate buildings External finishes Materials should be linked to the place, reflecting the certain rural area’s particular identity. Buildings were historically constructed and finished from locally sourced materials (e.g. almost all of Co.Antrim is an area of basalt, where many buildings were constructed of its dark stone). A real effort should be made by the designer to select appropriate materi- als and ensure they are detailed to maintain the traditions and character of the locality. Maintenance; durability; fitness for purpose, sustainability; and value for money should all be fully considered. roofs 1 SLATE Generally the most appropriate option. More expensive, but with a slim profile rarely achieved by alternatives. 2 CORRUGATED METAL Useful when aiming to replicate farm outbuildings. eaves and rainwater goods 3 ALUMINIUM 1 Best used for guttering as easily formed. Alternatively uPVC, if coloured black, is okay for downpipes but should not be used for eaves. 3 / TIMBER When painted, can be good for oversailing eaves. 2 4 6 walls 7 4 RENDER 9 8 Smooth or rough - wet or dry dash, whitewashed. 5 STONE Many types and styles used throughout the Region. 5 6 BRICK Generally in villages, however some country dwellings may have brick features. 7 CLADDING For example, timber shiplap, fibre concrete panels etc. Again, useful when replicating outbuildings. doors and windows 8 TIMBER Timber is best for traditional designs, however some good uPVC alternatives are available. FIG. 01: A dwelling and outbuilding at a notional scheme at Mill Bay, Co.Antrim, highlighting the range of building materials 9 ALUMINIUM appropriate to this coastal rural setting. An appropriate contemporary alternative. 120 121
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