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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Designing appropriate buildings One and a half/ two storey: Where the deep plan dwelling is appropriate 3person, 2bed (approx. 75m2) Deep plan (two room depth) dwelling types can occasionally be an appropriate form in rural Northern Ireland. General- Rural social dwellings do not have to be exclusive- ly the form works best either as small, one bedroom, single storey, cottages or as a terrace of three to six one and a half/ ly single or two storeys. Often a combination can two storey dwellings, creating a long rectangular form; and not the “box” suburban form of semi-detached dwellings, work best, with single storey additions linked to the Suitable locations include within village cores, particularly at infill sites and sometimes at roadside sites. Exceptionally at main storey and a half or two storey element. coastal locations they can be evocative of fishermen’s cottages. The “simple long” form with a “lean to” element. The “one and a half storey, L” form. One and a half/ two storey: 5person, 3bed (approx. 95m2) A three bedroom house is generally more efficient within a storey and a half or two storey layout. Services, storage and circulation can be clustered at the core running through both floors. Generally, they are better value for money as less sub-structure is required than a single storey dwelling of equivalent floor area. Single storey deep plan dwellings at a notional scheme at Mill Bay, Islandmagee, Co.Antrim. The form of these units replicates the outbuildings of the oyster fishery that previously occupied the site. The “simple long” form. In terms of deep plan form, two bedroom houses work best as their gable depths are still relatively shallow, at up to 8m. These dwellings can also be storey and a half, keeping ridge heights low if required. When aiming to create this long deep rectangular form it can be desirable to punctuate it with rhythmic built elements such as bay windows, chimneys or stepping up or down, in order to avoid long featureless roof lines and facades. The “simple long” form This dwelling type is more appropriate at infill sites within with a “rear return”. village cores. The designer will have to be mindful that issues such as carparking and access to the rears of the A terrace of dwelling will need particular attention. deep plan houses. 98 99
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