Seafield Avenue, Dublin 3


Client: Private

Works: This house was built in the 1930s and extended in the 1990s with a variety of modifications through the years. The client brief was to carry out an entire refurbishment, improve the buildings energy performance and add to / modify the rear extension to create a family space that connected to the garden & took advantage of the West facing garden.

During the project, original details such as cornices, architraves and skirting boards in the main house retained and modernized. A soft palette of colours and materials was introduced. To the rear, the extension was gutted, added to and a contemporary design realised, creating luminosity and spaciousness. The sun-trap patio opens to the living/kitchen/dining with bi-fold doors and sliding doors. The patio is raised to be level with the house and allow for BBQ and al fresco dining.

To the rear the elevation is framed in a wrap-around architectural form that creates a coherent façade but also contains simple functions such as west facing window seat, integrated patio, overhanging solar shading with down lighting and a clean detail completing the roof edge. Amongst the technical improvements to the house were: timber frame extension, high levels of insulation, new concrete ground floor with under-floor heating, re-wiring & a new heating and plumbing system.

Completed: 2014