Remodelling of a semi-detached house

Remodelling of a semi-detached house

An early twentieth-century, suburban semi-detached home was extended to the side, rear and at attic level.

Our task was to maintain as much of the garden as possible, while bringing in light and working with the constraints of existing rear extensions to neighbouring houses. We oriented the ground floor extension away from these, and towards the west light. Internally we dropped down a number of steps to gain height; at the back of the extension the ceiling was pushed upwards, continuing outside as a covered canopy over the patio.

A wrap-around kitchen and breakfast bar was provided in the centre of the house, with a triangular roof-light bringing light down in to the darkest part of the house. In the extension the new living space connects – visually and physically – to the garden. At the front is a new playroom; behind this a walk-through utility and Guest WC.

Upstairs a Master Bedroom suite runs from front to back over the former garage, opened up to the pitched roof above. A large room at attic level (with an extensive dormer window) completes the new accommodation for this young family. Polished concrete, natural cement tiles, and bespoke cabinetry complete the internal finishes.

Client comments

“It was brilliant having Stephen design, plan and coordinate the extension and renovation to our house. Stephen had great ideas, fully utilised the space and light and was super to work with. Nothing was too much! Stephen took time to get our plans right for us and our family. He listened to everything we wanted and advised us on the best options. Stephen was always available to discuss anything that arose and he had a great attention to detail throughout the project. We are delighted with the house and everything Stephen did for us. We can’t recommend him highly enough.”

Project Details
Project: Remodelling of a semi-detached house
Location: North Dublin
Client: Private
Completion: October 2018
Contractor: Kendra Developments Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Hugh Stones
Photography: Paul Quinn