A number of Buildings at Risk are traditional rural buildings. These charming vernacular structures were built of natural materials and are of great cultural importance. A number of successful projects have helped prevent further loss of these vernacular buildings and have played a part in reviving traditional building skills. Their reuse constitutes inherently sustainable development.
This selection of case studies demonstrates how these special buildings can be sympathetically restored to provide comfortable and modern living accommodation.
Specific help & advice for Vernacular Architecture:
‘Traditional Buildings in Ireland– Home owners’ handbook' (Mourne Heritage Trust, 2004)
‘A Sense of Loss– The survival of rural traditional buildings’ (DOE:NIEA, 1998)
‘Building on Tradition– A sustainable Design Guide for the N.I Countryside’ (Northern Ireland DOE Planning Service Design Guide)