Leaving the city streets far behind to lay the foundations for la dolce vita in the countryside is undoubtedly the idea of ââparadise for many young families these days.
It’s particularly enticing after two years of increasing remote working which seems to have opened up a world of new possibilities.
But long before the pandemic, Kiara Daly and Gregg Barry were planning their move from Dublin – achieving their goal in August 2020, when they moved to County Cork with their two young children, now nearly four and one year old respectively. , and their dog.
âWe love the Kinsale area. Gregg is originally from Kinsale and grew up here, âsays Kiara.
Kiara is a partner of a recruitment firm which has offices in Dublin and Cork, and Gregg, a dentist, has two dental clinics based in Dublin and divides his time between Dublin and Cork.
Creating the living space they envisioned was a team effort, according to everyone involved.
Once the form began to emerge clearly, interior designer Liz arrived from her base in Notting Hill, London.
âI looked to other conversions and barn designs for inspiration and, of course, Scandinavian / Nordic design; lots of soft neutral color palettes with a modern rustic vibe to the interiors, âsays Liz.
And a quick glance around the finished spaces shows a modern farmhouse that is a comfortable and welcoming family home – discreetly embedded in the land that has generations of personal heirlooms.
While inside, the spaces were always going to circulate fairly freely around the central courtyard, at the beginning there was a debate as to whether, on the outside, the building should be a light volume (largely glazed, structured or even floating) in the landscape or intentionally heavy, sculpted and monolithic object, embedded in the rural earth, according to architect Node.