ORIGINAL AREA: 155 sq.m. NEW ADDITION: 81 sq.m. VALUE: n/a DURATION: 13 months BER RATING:
- The owners of this 1920’s era semi-detached property in Dublin 14 had lived in the house for a number of years, realising they needed considerable additional space and the house required an entire overhaul of the building services and structure.
- Kitchen space was inadequate and dated, bathroom accommodation was insufficient for a growing family, and the living rooms were dark and restricted. Such was then orientation of the house that little natural light reached the family rooms during the day-time, while there were clear opportunities to make new penetrations to allow daylight percolate throught the building.
- The new kitchen has 3.3-metre high ceilings, with a large double-glazed “t-shaped” frameless glass roof-window gathering day-light and filtering it into the central hallway. A triangular rooflight sits on the pitched roof of the gable, allowing daylight penetrate the stairwell from which it filters into the surrounding study, bathroom and dressing rooms.
- The rear structure is built of ‘Poroton” terraotta clay bricks, with substantial external insulation and self-coloured render finish giving it unbeatable thermal insulation. The house boasts a moisture-activated mechanical air extraction system, a low-cost and unintrusive solution to managing internal air quality.
- The stained glass panels to the period façade are designed specially for the house by the artist Bianca DiVito.
- A feature wood-burning stove provides a carbon-friendly secondary heat source. New high-efficiency gas-fired boilers were installed, as were solar collector panels to service the hot water needs. A grey-water recycling system re-sues rainwater for wc’s and the agrden water feature.
- Floors throughout are solid timber and natural stone, with underfloor heating throughout the ground floor.