Emerald in the Rough

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January 19, 2009

An architect and artist flee Dublin for the countryside to build a biodegradable house and raise their children.

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  Atop a living module that contains a kitchen and eating and living areas, Dominic Stevens waters the sod roof, which, like the rest of the house, is a perennial work in progress.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    Atop a living module that contains a kitchen and eating and living areas, Dominic Stevens waters the sod roof, which, like the rest of the house, is a perennial work in progress.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  In the living room, the vertical timber columns that support the roof are in plain sight. Stevens wants his children to understand how their house stands up. His building method was partly inspired by Walter Segal, a mid-20th-century German architect who spent most of his life in London.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    In the living room, the vertical timber columns that support the roof are in plain sight. Stevens wants his children to understand how their house stands up. His building method was partly inspired by Walter Segal, a mid-20th-century German architect who spent most of his life in London.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  Hexagonal tile covers the wall and floor in the bathroom.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    Hexagonal tile covers the wall and floor in the bathroom.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  Though humble, their kitchen contains state-of-the-art cooking equipment, including a Presso hand-operated espresso maker.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    Though humble, their kitchen contains state-of-the-art cooking equipment, including a Presso hand-operated espresso maker.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  Stevens’s office is inside a refrigerated shipping container, which he bought used for about $1,300.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    Stevens’s office is inside a refrigerated shipping container, which he bought used for about $1,300.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  Kitchen storage is made simple with a handmade grid of shelves.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    Kitchen storage is made simple with a handmade grid of shelves.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  Djeribi’s studio.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    Djeribi’s studio.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  IKEA chairs rest next to the woodstove.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    IKEA chairs rest next to the woodstove.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  A view from downhill shows how the architect’s box system can accommodate a steep building site.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    A view from downhill shows how the architect’s box system can accommodate a steep building site.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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  Architect Dominic Stevens in front of his timber-clad house in northwest Ireland.  Photo by: Cornelius Scriba
    Architect Dominic Stevens in front of his timber-clad house in northwest Ireland.

    Photo by: Cornelius Scriba

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