House on a slope, Co. Down

A modern house steps down the slope of the site, working with the natural contours and fall on the site, to maximise views and light.

With a sloping site, and a low ridge height condition by Planning at outline approval, we wanted to take advantage of the ground levels to gain some height, add some drama, and reduce the amount of under-build that would be required.  Not only is under-build going to add costs to the house, but those costs are not necessarily a good use of the available budget.

The clients love entertaining; having a large kitchen for cooking, and a dining table that can fit the whole family – & more! – are essential to them.  The kitchen is at higher level, the dining room steps down, with the change in level being marked with banquette seating; perfect for squeezing in another person!

The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling; the dining room has a higher ceiling than the living space, due to the slope in the ground levels; and the dining room steps down; all this creates a dynamic, interesting space.

The bedrooms are on a half level higher and lower than the living space.