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Luxury living: Northern Ireland's most striking designer homes

Legatirriff House
Legatirriff House
Legatirriff House
Legatirriff House
Grillagh Water House, Maghera
Sarah Tulloch

By Sarah Tulloch

Northern Ireland is fast becoming a style icon.

A Co Down home was named House of the Year on Channel 4's Grand Designs for 2019 by the Royal Institute of British Architects while a recent survey put Belfast homes among the top 10 most stylish in all the UK.

While Lessans House in Co Down won house of the year, it is not the first to feature on Grand Designs or indeed to make the running for the prestigious competition.

Homes right across Northern Ireland are putting their mark on the property world with their unique sense of style.

Vehicle garages have been transformed into trendy homes, a humble cottages from the 18th century has been found to be a front for the latest country style designer living. Farm outbuildings have inspired while shipping containers have become unlikely materials for award winning houses.

Here's our pick of some of Northern Ireland's most stylish and innovative homes.

28A Osborne Drive, Belfast

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What used to be a humble garage in Belfast has been transformed into a luxury home with a price tag of £500,000. This ultra-modern conversion even comes with its own mobile phone with apps to control the heating and lighting.

The developer, who is Belfast based, has transformed the buildings in Osborne Drive in the leafy Malone area of the city into a chic upmarket home with designer finishes.

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Grillagh Water, Maghera, Co Londonderry

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Grillagh Water House, Maghera

Maghera architect Patrick Bradley's Grillagh Water home saw £10k worth of shipping containers turned into an "architectural delight" in just under 10 months.

The unique rural bolthole, made out of four old containers and built in the picturesque Drumlamph woodland near Maghera, has won critical acclaim scooping a number of awards -  most notably a coveted Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional award for Northern Ireland.

In a special episode commemorating 20 years of Channel 4's Grand Designs, presenter Kevin McCloud named Grillagh Water his all time favourite property featured on the long-running home build series.

Grillagh Water House

27 Carncoagh Road, Rathkenny, Co Antrim


This property, which was completed in 2012, was once in the running to be named RTE Home of Year.

Undoubtedly the focal point of this fabulous barn-inspired home is it's spacious drawing room and magnificent open plan living, kitchen and dining area.

Externally, the property is positioned on a superb elevated site with panoramic views over the rolling Co Antrim countryside towards The Sperrins. The gardens are well manicured throughout and feature artificial grass.

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Legatrirriff House, Ballinderry Upper, Co Antrim

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Legatirriff House

This delightful country residence combines the charm of a traditional Georgian farmhouse with a surprising contemporary extension to the rear to create a one-of-a-kind property.

Situated within the exquisite landscaped grounds, the listed thatched cottage is connected to its complementary oak and glass sunroom by two glazed links around a central courtyard.

The original house is believed to date back to the early 1700s. Since the extensive 2011 extension and renovations, which included re-thatching and lime rendering, the property has been featured on RTE Home of the Year and published in various home and design magazines.

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Legatirriff House

House Lessans, Saintfield, Co Down

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Located in the gently rolling landscape of Saintfield, Co Down, House Lessans is an L-shaped building of perfectly pitched zinc roofs over cool, concrete blockwork built next to an existing barn.

The property, which cost £335,000 to build, has been named 2019 RIBA House of the Year.

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House Lessans

Maison Wedge, Killinchy, Co Down

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Maison Wedge, designed by BGA Architects Ltd, is positioned just below the hill ridge line, giving it expansive views along the Strangford longshore of drumlins, sea inlets and archaeology.

The Northern Ireland home, built in April 2016, has been shortlisted for the RIBA House of the Year award in 2018.

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1 McCormick Brae, Ballycastle, Co Antrim


This semi-detached cottage is positioned behind electric gates in an exclusive development of five homes

Externally, the property is positioned on a generous site with large gardens and detached garage, while inside it boasts three bedrooms plus a study, as well as an impressive open plan living and kitchen space.

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