‘We get the morning and evening light’: Inside this timber frame home in Co Galway
About your home
Where? In the countryside in Co Galway
What type of house? A modern timber-frame, two-storey house
How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Four bedrooms, a master ensuite, a main
bathroom upstairs and a downstairs wet room
When did you move in? In April 2018, we moved into the ground-floor
level, but we are still working on the upstairs.
Name: Sarah Casserly
Occupation: Senior speech and language therapist working in Co
Who else lives there? My husband Michael and our two little ones – a
two-and-a-half year old and a nine-month-old
What made you
choose this home over others?
We wanted a modern
two-storey house but something that would suit the site that was kindly gifted
to us by my husband’s parents. The site was actually where Michael’s father
grew up. The old house is long gone, but a rose bush from the garden still
remains and blooms every year.
We have bungalows
on either side of us, so we went for a low angled roof because we didn’t want
the roof line to be too tall with a pitched roof.
Luckily, we have
similar tastes, so we designed the house ourselves and then brought our plans
to an architect to tweak.
We have no
corridors in our home. Every room comes straight off of the double-height
entrance hallway. This means we have no wasted space and our living area is one
room deep with windows on both sides, which gives a great brightness to the
space all day long.
What is your
favourite place in your home?
We love the open
concept of our kitchen-TV room. We have a divider wall that Michael made with
transparent shelves and built-in lighting, which gives some privacy and
cosiness, but still keeps the open concept feel.
Is there any part of the home you don’t like?
We love our home so much and I don’t think there
is anything we really don’t like. We kept everything very neutral with greys
and blues so we could add colour through accessories and art.
We have just started decorating upstairs and I’m
glad we waited to be actually living in the house as our tastes have evolved as
we have been living in the space.
For example, we initially planned to have walnut
timber floors throughout the house but now we would like a bit of softness
instead, so we are going to carpet the landing and stairs.
Is there any part of your home that makes it
Our home is a timber-frame, geothermal heated
house with a low pitch roof in the countryside, so it is unique alright!
We have no fire places in the house, which I
thought I would miss but I actually haven’t even noticed. The house is so
warm and insulated and we have other focal points in our rooms.
Our living area and master bedroom are one room
deep, so we have windows on all sides. We get the morning light and evening
light in the spaces we spend most of our time.
through an average day in your house, room by room.
I’m currently on maternity leave so our days are a
little different to when I’m working.
6.15am: Michael is up and getting organised for work
and out the door by 7am. My nine-month-old wakes up for breakfast, so we potter
about the kitchen for an hour and have breakfast together. There is great
morning light in our kitchen.
8am: My two-year-old surfaces for breakfast around now. We spend the
morning going between the bedrooms and the TV room where I have dedicated a
corner for their toys – although the toys somehow end up in every corner of the
house! We spend the rest of day between all the rooms downstairs – playing,
snacking and doing housework.
12-5pm: We are usually out and about outside, or taking
a little walk over to Nana and Grandad’s house, or to our cousins. We also
sometimes head for a spin in the car.
5pm: When we get back, we start to get organised for dinner around
the island. The little ones are playing in the TV room and I can see them while
I’m in the kitchen, which gives me great peace of mind. We usually have dinner
together and some family time. Currently, Michael is busy working away on the
upstairs in the evenings. Tiling our ensuite is the project at the
7.30pm: Bedtime for the kids. Michael and I spend some
time chatting about the day, watching TV and tidying up the never-ending toys.
10-10.30pm: We usually head to bed ourselves around
anything you’d do differently if you were doing it again?
We asked ourselves that question and we actually
both said no. We love our forever-family home that we are creating.
However, it would be great to win the lotto and get the house completely finished and my husband could have a well-deserved break.
‘This article was originally published as part of the Glenveagh Home Magazine on TheJournal.ie
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