Like many Victorian buildings in Belfast the terrace at McMaster Street is built from red brick from local brickworks. Although fairly simple houses, yellow brick was employed to highlight string course and eave details and as decoration around the windows and doors.
The roofs of McMaster Street are covered in natural slate. With the expansion of industry and development of new technologies in the Victorian period, it became cheaper and easier to transport materials by sea, the slate used here is from Wales.
During the Victorian period local brickworks were developed throughout Belfast to meet the need for more building materials for new housing. Using local materials is more sustainable than using foreign imported materials as ithey don’t have to be transported so far.
The large windows in each of the rooms of a McMaster Street home allow large amounts of natural light to enter, saving money on electricity or, as it would have originally been, gas.