Frank Clinton's home by Ghislain Luthers

Architect Dominic Stevens gives tours of the Mimetic house

Children's Mud workshop - creating homes and buildings from Leitrim mud!

Award-winning 'Landscape Room'

'Made' Exhibition of architects' models at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

On the roof at Susan and Diego's home

Welcome to Inspirational Homes

Inspirational Homes Leitrim documents and makes accessible the diverse ways of building tucked away in our landscape. We hope to facilitate the sharing of experiences, knowledge and skills amongst builders, homeowners, architects, self-builders and anyone with an interest in making sustainable the future of building in Ireland.

GREEN-DOOR is an occasional festival that Inspirational Homes organises. Last held in 2012 we are delighted to be running again this year over the weekend of August 28th-30th.  Not long now! 

We have an amazing programme of events lined up, open-homes, talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions. Please click here or on the GREEN-DOOR tab, see the on-line brochure, or request a hard copy here.

We have extended our range of homes and buildings into some of Sligo as well as finding more gems in Co Leitrim so there will be something new for everyone. We are very much looking forward to delivering an exciting and stimulating weekend.

This is all possible thanks to: Arts Council of Ireland, Heritage Council of Ireland, Design Ireland 2015, Leitrim Arts and the Community Diaspora Leitrim and the Government Policy on Architecture scheme. 

Out charity partner this year is the North West Simon Community - we are delighted to be working with them.

The biggest thanks though goes to all the generous home-owners who are prepared to open their doors this year and share their experiences with you: THANK YOU ALL.

If you would like to volunteer for the weekend then please email jo@inspirationalhomes.ie

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Latest News

Green-Door programme launched!

The Green-Door programme was launched last Tuesday at the Dock in Carrick-on Shannon. The programme was uploaded to the website and the brochure has gone to print. It is now available. Read more...

Funding comes through for Green Door

We are delighted to say that funding has come through for Green Door from many different places and we would like to thank the following: Read more...

9-Day Build a Natural Home Workshop 4th-12th July

"Mud and Wood showed us that anyone can build their own house! Féile and Colin are full of enthusiasm, knowledge and inspiration. We spent 8 days with a great group of people; having fun, using unknown muscles and developing our imaginations. My family are now setting off to Mexico to start to build our own Mud and Wood-style hostel. If you are interested in building naturally don't hesitate in coming on the 8-day intensive course!'' Read more...

Through the Green Door iDoc

An interactive documentary exploring eco-homes, self-building and architecture in the North West of Ireland.

We have recently been working wth filmmaker Róisín Loughgrey on a new exciting interactive documentary: ‘Through the Green Door’ based on four of the homes featured here. This ‘work in progress’ was showcased at the Harnessing Creatvity exhibition at the Leitrm Sculpture Centre. The Expanded Territories exhibition, was  launched by Alex Milton, Head of Year of Irish Design at the Leitrim Sulpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim and toured to the Catalyst Arts cetre in Belfast. More information on this project here: harnessingcreativity.eu/

An i-doc is an interactive documentary film viewed on the web where the narrative unfolds depending on what YOU want to see.  The idea of ‘Through the Green Door’ is to try to make the Green Door festival experience available to a wider audience. Interviews with homeowners, architects and builders and footage of inside houses allows the viewer to hear a wide range of stories about building, living and renovating in Co Leitrim.

The viewer has a choice of homes to visit, all very different from each other and each with its own story to tell. You click on the house you want to see and listen to an interview with the homeowners. From there you have other options: to hear an interview with the architect or builder, to take a virtual wander round the house or to go back and select another story.

We will be launching this documentary prior to Green Door 2015, watch this space!

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