This dwelling is tied to the vernacular and its surroundings by the use of local agricultural materials and building forms. Following a diligent analysis of the site and context together with an appreciation of materials and spatial forms traditionally used in rural Irish architecture, that root buildings (and root us) in their locale we juxtaposed old and new materials and structural themes. We have created a residence which is a stimulating combination of fluid spaces, porous boundaries while still remaining true to the particulars of its place, a refined modern account of rural Irish architecture. The pallet of materials further enhance the local characteristics, the striking freshness of the white render plinth and glass complementing the warmth exuded from the natural stone and western red cedar vertical cladding. The roof is clad with standing seam zink. Detailing is precise but embellishment minimal seeking a sense of connection with its rural roots. This new country house is not a statement but a subtle and sensitive form of expression, a home which represents the past and the future.