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Video: Irish architect's spectacular historic forge home to star in TV's Grand Designs

Sarah Jane Murphy

Published 08/10/2015 | 13:14

There's no place like home.

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A historic forge in Portrush has morphed into a stunning contemporary family home thanks to the skills of it's talented owner, Michael Howe, a partner in 2020 Architects in Ballymoney, Co.Down.

The house has the advantage of being located on one of the most senic locations on the north coast, and featured on Channell Four's Grand Designs last night.

During the past three years Kevin McCloud and his Grand Design team followed the buildings painstaking progress, checking in at various stages of its development.

A week ago Howe and his family moved into the dream pad and are thrilled with the finished product.

"I fell in love with the views a long time ago, but as it's classified as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', I knew that planning permission could be a challenge.

"Over the years I've become well used to designing homes that are sympathetic to their surroundings and it's one of our strengths at 2020 Architects.

"I was confident that I could design our dream family home, that would be both in keeping with its beautiful surroundings yet be a bastion for the best of modern design," he said.

The talented architect opted chose to use only local suppliers and ensured that the home was future proofed by building it close to passive house standards, which included adding 300 straw bales for insulation.

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