Extension & Renovation

Renovation and Extension Cabinteely


This was a originally a typical three bed semi detached house with garage. The clients brief was to increase the floor area and reconfigure the house to make it flow better. They also required a large space to entertain guests so a complete redesign became the only option.All that remained was the roof, front wall and gable end, the rest was knocked down and built from scratch.

Th new build allowed for us to bring the porch forward, fit new energy efficient windows, rewire and replumb the whole house and install underfloor heating downstairs. What we mostly added in floor area is the space above the garage which was designed into a generous family bathroom and much larger bedroom and ensuite, in terms of useable space we benefited from our choice to convert the attic into a bedroom with ensuite.

We provided a single storey rear extension to the house that contained the utility room, open plan kitchen, dining and living areas. The ceiling being three metres high adds to the  sense of light and space whilst feeling airy. For entertaining we provided a table that seats 16 and a two sided stove to divide the living room in two, allowing the clients children to be separate from the guests.

Our answer to the north facing living quarters was to add two roof windows ‘troughs’ in the ceiling and to open up the kitchen and dining areas onto the garden via French double doors that span the length of the 1m wall, next to a bay window seat. The natural light pours into the living areas through these 2no. six metre long roof windows. This was the turning point of our design as it was like we rotated the house 90 degrees!

Our clients had spent much time in Martha’s Vineyard and they loved the ‘New England’ style so with this in mind we designed this external appearance of the rear extension with the warmth of the light blue clapboard.

Publications for this House

-Self Build & Improve Your Home Magazine-Autumn 2015

-Featured on RTE Design Doctors Show

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