Posts Tagged ‘Architects’

doagh house coming along well

On site at our Doagh project, all’s going well & another well kept site from Estco NI Contractors.

doagh site eco home

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view from ballyclare site

what a view from our site outside straid, ballyclare.
started on site & flying through it…more pics will be coming soon.

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What You Need to Know About Converting Your Barn

barn conversions in northern ireland

The Northern Irish countryside is dotted with beautiful buildings from our past no longer used but ripe with opportunity and potential. Each building, be it an old church, schoolhouse or barn, has its own charm and with barn conversions becoming more popular, attainable and manageable the possibilities are there.
If you are considering undertaking a barn conversion in the near future, take time and care to consider all aspects of the project.


With that in mind, your first consideration should be the ultimate purpose of the barn conversion. The reuse and alteration of these unique old buildings can take many forms including development for economic, tourism, recreational and residential facilities. There is also scope, in accordance with PPS 21, to repurpose for community facilities but retail plans will almost always be denied.
The perfect project will pair the right property with the right purpose so if you’re converting for a new home, office or tourism business consider all aspects and the variations of each.


Modern Barn Conversion Architects
slemish design studio architects surveying one of their barn conversion projects

After deciding on the right property and purpose, a comprehensive survey of the barn is absolutely essential to identify any potential issues before conversion work begins.
Surveys can be carried out by architects like ourselves, structural engineers or building surveyors and will help for planning to conserve the character of the building, highlight any structural issues and provide clear indications concerning project costs.


For all their charm, barn conversions are serious projects, and generally more expensive than typical new builds, and one major reason for this is the likely lack of connection to normal services.
As most barns, in their original state, would have been used for non-residential or agricultural purposes they are unlikely to be connected to electrical and water mains as well as required sewage systems.
It’s essential that you plan and budget to connect the property to the required services as soon as possible.


When it comes to barn conversions the design, layout and feel of the property is the most exciting part of the project. This is where you get to breathe life back into somewhere that’s been left derelict, unused and forgotten about.
However, even though it can be an exciting time, barn conversion design can be difficult and testing and it’s absolutely crucial you work with professionals experienced in this unique style of building. Almost all planning permission will be subject to retaining and maintaining the look, character and feel of the original structure.
This can prove problematic as old barns and unused buildings can come with limited natural light available, necessary but impractical wood or iron beams and limited access to creating new levels/floors.
With all of that in mind you might be rethinking your dream project but don’t be dismayed. With hard work, careful planning and the right guidance the end result can be truly unique, worthwhile and rich in character and integrity.

Modern Barn Conversion Architects


Finally, and underpinning everything we’ve already discussed, is the cost of your proposed project.
Unfortunately, there is no rule of thumb when dealing with such wildly unique projects and only after sourcing the right property, getting a proper survey and obtaining the correct planning permission will you begin to understand the costs involved in your barn conversion project. Also, the scale of the work needed and the involved of other parties will also largely depend on your own experience and knowledge.

We hope that this has given you some guidance if or when you consider a barn conversion.
They can be some of the best and most interesting projects to be involved in and luckily, we’re experienced in numerous projects on a variety of sites.

If you have questions on a project you’d like us to come see or need guidance contact us below or via our facebook page & we’ll do what we can to help out on your project.


Dunadry House in Ireland’s Home Interiors Magazine

Magazine feature for Slemish Design Studio

Great end to this year with our Dunadry project featuring in Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living Magazine.
our clients…and us are over the moon how it’s ended up.

Alfie and Sandra’s stunning new build in Dunadry, County Antrim has been thoughtfully designed and decorated with elegance….. read more about it on our projects page


Modern Dunadry House

Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living Magazine featuring slemish design studio architects Modern Dunadry Home

Modern Dunadry House

Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living Magazine featuring slemish design studio architects Modern Dunadry Home

How to Heat Your Home with a Wood Burning Stove

Information on Wood Burning Stoves in your home & office

As the nights get darker and the days get seriously cold we all want the same thing during winter: a warm home. But, as always, there’s debate around the best way to actually heat your home.  Here in the office we use a Morsø wood-burning stove to keep things toasty (more on that later…) but you’re probably wondering what’s the best option for you.

wood burning stoves

morso 7943 wood burning stove

            The Financial Focus

As an architect studio we’re constantly exposed to new ideas, designs and concepts but clients are also always focused on heating their new homes as economically as possible. So if you’re considering installing a wood-burning stove you might want to consider the points below before making the purchase.


Even though 60% of those surveyed by Which said they saved money switching to a wood-burning stove, the initial outlay can prove too much for some. Depending on make, model and location within your house, a new stove can cost anywhere from £750 t0 £2000. As a homeowner you’ll need to weigh up initial costs to long term savings.

            Wood-Burning or Multi Fuel

A wood-burning stove can seem like the perfect answer to your home heating problems until you think about where you’re going to get such big amounts of wood. Not only do you need a regular supply, you’ll also need space to dry out any damp wood.
If these seem like potential issues then a multi-fuel stove might be your best bet as coal is more readily available. However, this will obviously add to fuel costs going forward.


Stoves are generally purchased to heat one key room in a house as a compliment to a normal central heating system. If, however, you want to treat your new stove as the primary heating source then buying one with a back boiler will be the best option but this will again lead to less efficiency and higher costs.
Also, to effectively choose the right sized boiler you should divide the cubic meter total of the room (length x width x height) by 14 to ensure the correct heat output (kW) is matched to your room. For example, a room measuring 72m3 in total, divided by 14, would result in the use of a stove with an output of 5kW.


Modern wood-burning stoves are systematically designed to decrease overall CO2 emissions during the burning-off process of wood, however you need to be aware of Smoke Control Areas and regulations around your home.
Here in Northern Ireland things can vary from council to council. Fermanagh and Omagh and the Mid Ulster district councils have no regulations whereas Causeway Coast and Glens have some and Mid and East Antrim have more again. The best bet is to check online, or contact your local council office directly.

             Our Recommendation


Morso Stove Architects office

Morso 6143 Woodburning Stove

If you’ve ever visited our office at Raceview Mill, just outside Ballymena, you’ll know that it’s a big beautiful space upstairs in a converted linen mill but all that space needs to be heated.  To do this we installed a brilliant Morsø wood-burning stove that keeps everyone warm and happy all day, alongside all of the coffee…
Our particular model is Morso 6143 and we’d highly recommend it to anyone, bearing in mind the points above.



If you’re still not 100% sure just fire us a question. If we can’t help, we’ll point you in the right direction to someone who can.

living design magazine

Living Design magazine is published to showcase architects design homes in Northern Ireland.
Spring edition 2016 seen Ballymena Architects Slemish Design Studio showcase our Barn Conversion outside Broughshane, Ballymena.

living design magazine

barn extension in ballyclare

Planning approval for barn extension outside Ballyclare

Slemish Design Studio Architects, have gained planning approval for a sympathetic extension, to a barn outside Ballyclare.
The 2 bed barn conversion, will be extended to provide 3 extra bedrooms & with living accommodation to the first floor.
providing a balcony off the new living room which will give south-westerly views over Ballymena/Glenwherry area for maximum use in the evening.

Materials such as smooth render, western cedar & slate, helps give this barn extension a modern feel, yet respecting the existing barn.
looking forward to seeing this going on site.

barn extension ballyclare architects

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architects studio for slemish design studio

Architects studio at Raceview Mill Broughshane outside Ballymena.

We moved here just over a year ago, needing more space & better office accommodation to meet & greet clients.

Click the image to see more pics of our office in our projects page

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ballymena architects anniversary 3yrs old today!!!! where’s the time gone

Ballymena Architects Slemish Design Studio celebrate their anniversary

Today’s our official 3rd anniversary!!

It’s been a fantastic 3 years so far working on great projects and moving office to raceview mill in broughshane, ballymena
We’d like to thank everyone that have came to us about all types of architectural projects & also to everyone else who has supported Slemish Design Studio.

Steven & Joe

ballymena architects anniversary

Should you have a project you’d like us to look at, don’t hesitate to give us a call – or pop into our office at Raceview Mill Broughshane


new modern renovation project Ballymena

Slemish Design Studio Architects have been appointed to design a modern renovation and extension to a traditional farmhouse outside Cullybackey, Ballymena.
With great views to the north of the glens & views from the south as far a belfast, this will make the design appealing to both ourselves & clients.

modern renovation Cullybackey Renovation Ballymena architects

modern renovation Cullybackey Renovation Ballymena architects


Should you have a project you’d like us to look at, don’t hesitate to give us a call – or pop into our office at Raceview Mill Broughshane

new project broughshane overlooking slemish

slemish design studio have been appointed as architects for a cottage style house over looking Slemish Mountain outside Broughshane, Ballymena
Well sheltered with mature trees surrounding the site to the North East an crackin views to the south over the countryside and slemish


new project broughshane Cottage Ballymena

new project broughshane Cottage Ballymena


Should you have a project you’d like us to look at, don’t hesitate to give us a call – or pop into our office at Raceview Mill Broughshane

raceview mill enterprise units broughshane starts on site

raceview mill enterprise units broughshane starts on site

raceview mill enterprise units broughshane


raceview mill enterprise units broughshane


the enterprise units have started on site….great to see.
for more information keep an eye on our Facebook page  & Raceview Mill’s Facebook page 




clonetrace broughshane – new project

new project on clonetrace broughshane ballymena

clonetrace house broughshane – slemish design studio architects have been appointed for a new dwelling & garage outside broughshane, ballymena


clonetrace broughshane

clonetrace broughshane


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SelfBuild architects 2014

SelfBuild architects 2014 Slemish Design Studio are giving away Free tickets to Belfast SelfBuild

should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to give us a call

Unfortunately we’ll not be at the show, but we hope that we’ll be able to get a stall next year

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Planning application for former Glenarm PSNI station

Ballymena architects Slemish Design Studio have made a planning application for the former Glenarm PSNI station, The clones, Glenarm, County Antrim.

Our proposal was based on small extension and additions to the station, to bring it up to current modern day living standards.

Also included within our proposal to Planning NI was 1st floor living accommodation and 2No ground floor B&B rooms with communal living area.

With easy access to the Glens of Antrim and fantastic sea view from the front elevation. This would make a perfect tourist destination.


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