Co Antrim
Northern Ireland


Completed September 2016


Private working closely
with architect

Square Footage:


Kudos Full Build:

  • Foundations / Substructures
    / Groundworks
  • Timber Frame Core
  • Insulation
  • Air Tightness
  • Renewable Heat System
  • Zinc cladding / Slate cladding
  • Electrics & Plumbing
    / Mechanical and Electrical
  • Turnkey fit out: Furniture
    / Bathroom fit / Sanitary ware

This new build has been situated on its site after painstaking consideration of aspect and all the factors that brings to bear, including making the most of stunning views over Belfast Lough and Cavehill. The simple shed-like form of the house reflects the vernacular of the farming heritage of the land. The architect advocated a timber frame core to his client as the most effective way of achieving the definition and simplicity of its shape – both aesthetically and functionally.  The performance properties of timber frame was an additional bonus.

The Brief

The homeowners approached the project with an open mind and commissioned their architect to design a home to suit the site and their way of living. This gave the architect creative freedom taking the client’s 3 key criteria  into consideration:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 receptions
  • To be designed and approved under PPS21* planning regulations

*PPS21 sets out planning regulations for sustainable development in the countryside.

Outside of timber frame home
Greenisland timber frame exterior
Greenisland timber frame house
Greenisland timber frame exterior
Greenisland doors

Greenisland House Kudos full build
Greenisland Kudos full build


The design was driven by 2 key factors:

  • the beautiful site with its stunning views and
  • its context in a rural farming setting

The architect was keen to continue along the rural and farming heritage theme in keeping with the form of the farmyard sheds in the locality. This evolved as a simple 2 sheds concept, one daytime at the front of the house (with silver zinc cladding) and one night-time (with black slate cladding).  The latter cleverly slides past the former to optimise the corner views. The client was very receptive to the concept and trusting that the aesthetic and functional designs would be married and executed with exactness.

Building core and fabric

The simplicity of the shed forms favoured timber frame
construction. The timber frame core meant that much of the
engineering could be buried within the timber frame core thereby maintaining the simplicity and strong
clean lines that the shape of the building demanded.

From the architects’ perspective, one of the key benefits of a timber frame core is that it is less prone to competing movement thereby avoiding cracks common in masonry construction.

Low energy home

The thermal properties offered with timber frame is very difficult to achieve with conventional block build. All Kudos full build projects benefit from optimum insulation and air tightness levels, installed by experienced fitters.  The Greenisland build has been further future proofed with the installation of an integrated renewable energy system, including a ground source heat pump and mechanical heat recovery system. The result is an extremely comfortable Kudos low-energy home.

Kudos Full Build

The architect of the Greenisland house contacted Kudos following a word of mouth recommendation from a fellow architect. Initially approaching the timber frame company for their expertise and with a view to supplying the timber frame structure, the discussion quickly opened up to the possibility of Kudos taking on the full build. After the usual negotiation on project costs, the client awarded the contract to Kudos who worked closely with the architect to achieve a high level of finish. Simplicity and clean lines don’t happen by chance!

A happy build

The Kudos Full Build solution which the client opted for, meant that there was one contract and a single point of responsibility for the delivery of their new home. With the architect and Kudos working closely and consulting as necessary, the build quality and finish has made for a very happy family home.