ORIGINAL AREA: 93 sq.m. NEW ADDITION: 20 sq.m. VALUE: €120k. DURATION: 16 weeks
- Originally an end-of-terrace former local authority house built in the 1930’s, the new owner of this house wanted to refurbish it completely to provide new services, finishes and fixtures throughout. As the ground floor living rooms were very small, there was also a need to open up the plan and add more flexible living space. Access to the garden was limited to a single back door, and the southerly orientation of the rear of the house provided opportunities to integrate the garden with the house.
- Given the vagaries of the Irish weather, the ambition was to provide an “interim” space, neither inside nor outside, where some shelter could be provided without being entirely within the house. The existing walls and roof were stripped back to bare structure, and upgraded to modern thermal insulation standards. New electrical, plumbing, heating and sanitary services were installed throughout.
- With the entire rear wall at ground floor level removed, a new single-storey kitchen/ dining/ living extension to the rear brings the living areas into the garden; the diagonal arrangement maximising the capture of easterly and westerly sunlight morning and evening. The 2.4 metre high custom-made hardwood sliding doors open without a structural post at the corner, so that a table can be positioned under the shelter of the overhanging roof for dining alfresco Irish-style! A wood-burning stove effortlessly heats the enlarged open-plan space.