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House Extension, Terenure, Dublin

This project comprises the remodelling and extension of a 1950’s-built semi-detached house in the Dublin suburb of Terenure. The existing house had been altered over the years to provide an accessible bathroom at ground floor and the kitchen was relocated into the converted garage.

The clients wished to re-instate the garage as a store for bicycles and other equipment; open up the plan at ground floor with a new kitchen and extend into a living space that connects better with the garden.

The garden is east facing so the new extension was organised to maximise southern sunlight with a glazed corner window towards the garden. When the sun is at its highest in mid-summer the living area is shaded by an overhanging roof and the sun washes down the back wall of the room through a south facing rooflight.

The inside and outside are linked with a large sliding door opening on to a raised terrace. The terrace itself is framed with raised planter boxes and the new building and landscaping are tied together by the use of the same brick for facing walls and for paving.

Main Contractor: M&S Building Contractors

Structural Engineer:
  Paul McGrail Consulting Engineers

Photography: bNEW Photography

Clients' comments

"Our brief for the project was to create an open plan living space making the most of the southerly aspect. Ciaran's design exceeded our expectations. Inside the L-shaped open plan living space works really well, with distinct kitchen, dining and sitting areas.

The orientation of the glass wall extension ensures we catch the sun all day long and a have great view to the garden. In the summer the large sliding door is left open all day and the patio becomes our extended living space.

On sunny winter days the room is flooded with heat and light and is a real treat! At night spotlights in the extension overhang, and set into the raised beds around the patio look fantastic whether you are sitting outside on a summers night or inside looking out in the winter.

We are delighted with the extension Ciaran designed. It was delivered exactly on time, Ciaran oversaw it's completion in a thorough and professional manner and we would not hesitate to recommend him to others."

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