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Award Wining Architects based in Monkstown, Co.Dublin and working in all surrounding counties.

Specialising in sensitive contemporary design for domestic extensions, renovations, new-build houses and interior design.  We also design and build custom joinery.

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New Suburban Dublin House Extension Project

Paul Mulhern

Suburban House Extension & Alterations, South Dublin.  

The brief for this project was to extend an existing semi-detached house to the side and rear to create an enlarged open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area to be the heart of the house with an enhanced relationship wiht the rear garden.  

A study that could be transformed into an additional spare bedroom for visitors along with a new utility room and downstairs shower room was also included.  The design is flooded with light from sliding glazed doors and large frameless roof lights.  The side and rear extension roofs are carefully designed to fit between tall separating brick walls.  

The project included the design of the kitchen and a range of other custom joinery units such as a study wall-mounted desk, a hidden fold-down bed, a corner storage unit with a dog bed built-in below and floor to ceiling wardrobes.

New One Off House Design - Rural Co. Wicklow

Paul Mulhern

We have recently completed designs for a new one-off rural family dwelling to be sited in a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" in Co. Wicklow.  The client's have established local needs as they run a business in the immediate area.  The designs have been prepared to be highly site and context specific, to take full account of the stringent planning requirements for such an area and to respond fully to the local authority's rural design guidance for planning applications.

 

House design

The high quality design of the proposed house has been developed with detailed consideration of the site, its rural context, the adjoining houses and minimizing its impact on the environment (visual and sustainable).

The linear form of the single storey house is broken and stepped slightly approximately one third along its length.  This step in the elevation and roof differentiates between the living and sleeping areas of the house.  It allows for the simple modeling of the form to produce two different roof planes and a differing plane in the front elevation, thereby reducing scale.

The single-room depth of the main part of the house has been incorporated to ensure that the roof mass and ridge heights have been minimized.  This form also results in carefully proportioned gables to both ends that are in keeping with traditional rural vernacular buildings.  This language is combined and balanced with highly considered and subtle contemporary detailing.

The narrow plan depth allows maximum sun, daylight and natural ventilation penetration.  Bedrooms are positioned where they will receive sunlight in the morning and living spaces are arranged to receive light throughout the day and evening and benefit from views.

The main entry to the house is located between the front linear volume and the rear volume of the family lounge.  This positioning responds to the existing entry driveway and allows the avoidance of a suburban form of dwelling - where entry and parking are usually located to the front.  The front of this house will be characterized by natural landscaping consisting of meadow grasses, wild flowers, native trees and hedgerow, and the existing stone/earth berm to the boundary.

The family lounge room takes on a more contemporary form with its zinc roof sloping up towards the west.  It is entirely screened to the rear of the more traditional main volume.  It is also set back from the gable end of the Living/Dining/Kitchen room and leads out to a sheltered and semi-enclosed outdoor space.

The main roof areas of the house (including the rear return) are to be double-pitched with high quality natural slate (blue/black) at 35 degrees.  The lounge room roof is to be monopitch with natural standing seam zinc at a slope of 15 degrees.  Solar panels are not proposed as our preliminary BER assessment concludes that an air-to-water heat pump will provide a more suitable means of reducing primary energy consumption.  This means that the slate roof slopes can be kept free of less visually appealing equipment installation.

Materials and windows have been carefully selected and detailed for the location.  All main elevations (front and gable ends) are to be faced with coursed rubble granite stone, which will be largely, or entirely taken from stone already piled on the adjoining land.  The heavy, solid walls will tie the house to its site.  Window and door openings have been proportioned and spaced to respect the required solid-to-void ratios typical of load-bearing stone walls.

 Materials specified include:

·      Coursed rubble stone walls

·      Stone lintels and sills

·      Blue/black natural slate

·      Mill-finished alu. gutters – vernacular detailing.

·      Alu-clad timber windows

·      Standing seam zinc roofing / fascia

·      Off-white self-coloured render

·      Low stone walls

·      Vertical self-coloured cladding boards (family lounge)

 These materials have been chosen for their appropriate visual appearance and also because they will weather and age gracefully over time.

Download Wicklow C.C. Rural Design Guide here.

Contact us with your queries relating to building new dwelling or extending in rural and high amenity areas.

 

New Family House Design Submitted for Planning - Project Update

Paul Mulhern

We have recently submitted a planning application for a new five-bedroom family home beside the River Liffey near Lucan, Co. Dublin.

The proposal is for a large family house in a sensitive location - the site is zoned High Amenity (HA) which has been applied to areas of Fingal of high landscape value. These are areas which consist of landscapes of special character in which inappropriate development would contribute to a significant diminution of landscape value in the County. The Development Plan contains a number of specific objectives relating to HA zoned land including:

Objective HA01 - Protect High Amenity areas from inappropriate development and reinforce their character, distinctiveness and sense of place.
Objective HA02 - Ensure that development reflects and reinforces the distinctiveness and sense of place of High Amenity Areas, including the retention of important features or characteristics, taking into account the various elements which contribute to its distinctiveness such as geology and landform, habitats, scenic quality, settlement pattern, historic heritage, local vernacular heritage, land-use and tranquility.

The proposed house is considered to be in accordance with this specific policy as it provides for a scheme which has been carefully designed to ensure it does not have the potential to negatively impact the character of this high amenity area.  The house will blend into its existing setting. This will be achieved through carefully considered siting and design, and a comprehensive landscaping scheme which will act to filter views of the proposed built form from the public realm. 

Accommodation includes five double bedrooms with en suites arranged around a grand staircase and landing lit by a double-height window and octagonal roof light.  At ground floor a family kitchen/dining/lounge room is positioned to the southwest with sheltered terraces. Two other reception rooms are positioned to the south and southeast with a TV lounge and private study located to the rear.  A double car garage is located to the northwest.  The house has been designed to achieve an A2 building energy rating.

Ground Floor Layout - Main receptions face south along a east-west axis.

First Floor Layout - Five en suite bedrooms around central hall and stair.

Contact us about your own new house, extension or renovation project here, or check out some of our other projects here.  We are happy to accommodate a no-obligation initial consultation free of charge.

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