Refurbishment of a mid terraced house

A series of semi-open spaces were unlocked in this house. Light – direct and indirect – was increased; views to and through spaces were created.

Openings were enlarged or newly created, lined with plywood and fitted with polycarbonate panels. A continuous polished concrete slab on the ground floor increases the feeling of spaciousness.

Each space in the house is used every day – a small garden room to the rear for breakfast and lunches; an upstairs living room for the evening-time. There are also two dedicated office spaces: one downstairs; and one carved out of a small boxroom, that is now integrated with the upstairs landing, to create a bright, open space.

At the start of the project there were few existing features left in the house. Where possible these were retained – plaster corbels and an exposed timber beams, the existing sanitaryware, the existing floorboards upstairs painted a variety of colours. Some elements were left untreated or unfinished, the patina of earlier incarnations revealed, contrasting with contemporary interventions like the yellow rubber floor in the bathroom, bespoke, built-in plywood joinery, and the clients’ art collection.

Project Details
Summary: Internal refurbishment of a terraced house, dating from c. 1910
Location: Dublin 8
Clients: Private
Architect: nineteeneighty
Structural engineer: Niamh O’Reilly
Completion: December 2020
External glazing: Fitzpatrick & Henry
Photography: Paul Quinn