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Reality Architects - Marc Ballard

16 Demesne Park, Holywood, BT18 9NE Directions

   Open today 09:00 - 17:30

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Business overview

Contemporary new houses, extensions, renovations and conversions. Free initial consultation. Established 2000. RIBA registered

Reality Architects was established in 2000. The practice specialises in contemporary domestic architecture and has completed a wide range of projects including new homes, house extensions and whole house refurbishments. We have the ability to handle projects of all sizes and to make an imaginative and innovative design response to every brief.

We take pride in providing a professional service to achieve high quality design with care and sensitivity to the character of the architecture and surrounding environment. A high level of experience of working with local contractors and consultants throughout the region means we can collaborate to give comprehensive estimates of costs while delivering projects on time and within budget.


first floor kitchen/ living space
Kitchen by 360 Interiors
large open plan living space with vaulted ceiling and bifold doors
We provide computer generated visuals to illustrate all proposals in conjunction with initial costings so you can make an informed decision on the viability of your plans
first floor living space over looking Belfast Lough
large open plan living space incorporating kitchen, dining and living
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Existing house was totally gutted and extended to create a contemporary family home
2 storey extension to provide additional living space and Granny flat below. Traditional stonework to create converted barn feel
Extension fills the gap between 2 existing wings of the house. Vaulted ceiling allows for fully glazed elevation with feature trusses inside
Located just outside Crawfordsburn this is a contemporary 2 story home. Living accommodation is on the first floors to give panoramic views over the Lough. Zinc roof, aluminium composite windows and stone cladding to base
View of main living space opening out via sliding doors to private rear patio area. South facing sliding doors and glass maximise solar gain in the winter while the zinc clad roof overhang prevents overheating in summer
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triple track sliding door on contemporary side extension
side extension to period house
new kitchen in open plan kitchen / living / dining extension in Belfast
new house nearing completion
kitchen installation nearly complete

Products & Services

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Loft Conversions

building refurbishments

house extensions


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New Builds



  • Royal Institute of British Architects


  • Architecture, Post Graduate Diploma (Royal Institute of Architects)


Great Architect

We had a great experience on our kitchen extension with Marc, (so much so that we recommended him to my brother in law who is now using him for his project too.)

He was great at guiding us through the design stages. He listened to what we wanted for our red brick Edwardian house and helped us to make good practical decisions. He was also always easy to get in touch with by phone or email when we had questions during the construction phase of our project. It was a tricky time after covid restrictions had lifted to be able to get good people and Marc's contacts and advice helped make what could have been quite a stressful time much much smoother for our family.

I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a good architect.
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Home Renovation and Extension

Having worked with Reality Architects for our home renovation and extension project, we have no hesitation in strongly recommending Marc. At Design stage and through planning Marc was creative and flexible with his approach and understood what we were looking for. Marc is an excellent communicator and a great listener and was always available to take a call and help guide us through the process. Marc stayed with the project through to completion, which offered great peace of mind throughout construction, particularly as there were significant delays due to the pandemic. Our project was ambitious, with its main objective to create a family home for life. Thanks to Marc’s great attention to detail and professionalism, we have achieved our goals and are delighted with the result. Gavin and Linda
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Innovative design for 2 storey extension

We approached Marc to design a 2 storey extension and ground floor reconfiguration. Marc listened to our requirements and created 2 designs which both fitted our brief. Marc worked with us refining the plans and redrawing them as necessary. Marc dealt with the Planning Department and Building Control as well as getting a structural engineers report for us. Marc was always willing to work with us to tailor our extension to fit our needs. Since finishing the extension we have asked Marc to do further work in relation to the build - this was completed again to the high standards we have always received. We would have no hesitation in recommending Marc as his ideas were innovative and maximised the existing structure of our house and surrounding plot.
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Truly amazing home thanks to Marc Ballard ,Truly awesome home thanks to Marc Ballard

We enlisted Marc Ballard’s help to extend our old stone home in South Belfast. It wasn’t the easiest of briefs as we also needed to extend our home to accommodate a disabled parent. Marc is a fabulous architect and the end result for us is a truly beautiful home with the most incredible feeling of space. Right from taking our brief and creating a beautiful home to managing the builders and every aspect of the build he has been brilliant. He’s very calm and truly listens to your brief and what you need and his skill as an architect is clear to see in the design work which has led to a stunning home. Working with an architect like Marc has given us a build that has the level of ‘detail’ and things we just wouldn’t have been able to do such as curved walls, bringing in different levels of light and creating different heights and making the home flow for our space but also suiting a disabled person. We're delighted with the end result.
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