A three-bedroom home built with only one bathroom to cut down on cleaning has been named house of the year by architects.
House Lessans was built on the site of a former farmstead in the rolling country of Co Down, Northern Ireland, at a cost of around £1,425 per square metre.
Boasting zinc roofs on white, rendered, concrete walls, the L-shaped property was described as “a dream home” by judges for the RIBA House of the Year 2019.
The modest budget of £335,000 used to achieve such spacious quarters was, judges said, "a remarkable achievement for a newly built home of this scale".
Sylvia and Michael, the owners of the property, said they stuck with one bathroom because there would be less cleaning, despite some people saying they should have more.
The couple said: "It is a joy to live in - from seeing the soaring bedroom ceiling on wakening, being surrounded by the gentle landscape in the kitchen during the day, to enjoying the sunset in the top room.”
Alan Jones, president of the influential institute, said: "House Lessans demonstrates that life-enhancing architecture does not have to cost the earth.
"Even with the tightest of budgets, House Lessans shows that a dream home, designed by a talented architect, can be a reality."
Architect Kieran McGrath, of the firm McGonigle McGrath, said the house "we hope, extends our understanding of how to make buildings in our countryside".
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents the award to the UK's best new architect-designed house.
House Lessans was revealed as the winner in the final episode of a special Channel 4 series, Grand Designs: House Of The Year.