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, selfbuilders and anyone with an interest in making sustainable the future of building in Ireland.

GREEN DOOR 2015 : At last we are delighted to announce that we will be holding our third Green Door Festival this year. The dates have been chosen as August 28th-30th. So put that weekend in your diary now! We are planing to extend our 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 also planning some exciting collaborations with the Dock arts centre and the Leitrim Sculpture Centre with our aim of putting architecture and design for rural living firmly into the sphere of the arts. Watch this space for updates.

Also, we are delighted to be supported by a number of organisistaions this year: 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. So, many thanks to all of them for their support and we look forward to delivering an excting an stimulating weekend.

We are continually updating our information and, if you think your home or building project would fit into the Inspirational Homes website and you would like to share your experiences, then please do get in touch.

If you would like to volunteer or offer ideas for the wekend then please email

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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...

Filming continues..

Filming continues on our 'Through the Green Door' iDoc. 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:

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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