McNiece House

Portadown, Co. Armagh

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The brief asked for an Irish country house that was large enough for future expansion and the house was originally designed with a traditional courtyard and garages. It became apparent from early discussions that our client had a passion for all things Georgian and wished to build a house as authentic to the traditional Georgian or classical style as was possible. What transpired was a close working relationship between client and architect were every detail and design decision was questioned in terms of its authenticity to the Neo-Georgian style of the dwelling. The scale and proportion of the drawings were analysed with 3D models and renderings to demonstrate how the final design would look when completed.


The selection of colours and materials was carefully considered. The specification of second-hand Bangor Blue slates to the roof created an immediate authentic effect to the roof covering. The Bangor Blue slate have a particular ‘heather’ colour that is associated with historical buildings in Ireland and the colour of the exterior of the house was chosen to compliment this slate.
The attention to classical detailing, both externally and internally, is exceptional throughout this house.  Internally there is an elegant circular hall with a central circular staircase detailed in an elegant Neo-Georgian style. The detailing of joinery such as skirtings, architraves doors and windows is of a period style and size that is appropriate to the scale of the house.