Extension & Renovation

Renovation and Extension Greystones

Greystones|County Wicklow|2009-2011

This was an Irish fisherman’s cottage on the County Wicklow seaside built in the early 1900’s. The cottage had a 1960’s rear single storey flat roof extension and off this was a small unusable shaded back yard.

We immediately suggested the idea of an upside down house, with living and kitchen facilities upstairs and an integrated glass box linking into a large roof garden to make the most of the sunlight. The original cottage was mostly demolished with only two of the gables being retained. Adding a second storey would have been a problem with the existing structure, due to the existing cottage having walls of stone filled with compacted earth and seashells from the beach. The original cottage was charming and the history of it appealed to us, so we kept the design of a  traditional frontage with a newly built front porch with two individual study rooms off the main entrance reception. Then you step into the privacy of their home, which opens up into a modern area defined by clean lines and light. The gable wall faces south, and the back of the home west, which means sunlight floods living spaces of house from 11am on wards.

The staircase was positioned so that when you ascend, views of the roof garden unfold. The first floor kitchen, dining and living space was designed to be level with the roof garden,  only interrupted by the folding sliding door system.

An internal courtyard piercing the central core of the house bringing natural daylight into the rooms at ground floor level.

Publications for this House

-Self Build & Improve Your Home Magazine-Summer 2013 issue

-The Irish Property Guide Magazine

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