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Environmentally friendly concrete makes for a striking modern extension

Concrete has never looked so good.

CONCRETE MIGHT NOT be the material that springs to mind when you’re considering renovating and extending your home.

It would be a touch chilly to the toes, one would fear.

Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

But wait until we show you this renovation and extension of a farmhouse and stable complex in Longford from ODOS Architects, and you might reconsider.

BALLYMAHON+S3 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

The architects decided to go as ecological as possible and used Eco-Cem, ‘an eco-friendly cementitious board that is composed of 80% cement and 20% cellulose fibers.’

BALLYMAHON+H8 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

BALLYMAHON+H11 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

The house is also fitted out with a high-efficiency, ecologically-friendly, wood pellet boiler which supplies the whole house with underfloor heating – making chilly concrete floors a thing of the past.

BALLYMAHON+V3 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

Stark white finishes, floor to ceiling glazing, recessed lights and polished concrete floors throughout combine to create a modern, calm and light-filled home.

BALLYMAHON+H9 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

BALLYMAHON+H6 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

On the exterior, the original stonework is preserved as much as possible, which contrasts beautifully with the stained timber cladding, full-length glazing and concrete finishes throughout the extension.

BALLYMAHON+S Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

These finishes mirror nicely the stonework and timber detailing of the original stables, tying the two buildings together through a mutual palette.

BALLYMAHON+V Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

BALLYMAHON+H7 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

The concrete is even used as an external decking area to the rear of the property, which makes the most of the light into the evening.

BALLYMAHON+H5 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

BALLYMAHON+S2 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

The smooth poured concrete finish marries well with the original stonework colours, managing to be both modern and unobtrusive at the same time.

BALLYMAHON+H3 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

The footprint of the new build mimics the shape of the original stables but the two couldn’t contrast more in styles.

BALLYMAHON+V2 Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

BALLYMAHON+H Source: Richard Hatch via ODOS Architects

See more of ODOS Architects’ work here

See more of photographer Richard Hatch’s work here

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