Standing above the Howth seaside, this house sits in an unusual development of detached gable-fronted dormers. Having been extended a few times already, the new project aims to reassert the free-standing geometry of the original house and also lend it a more relaxed, maritime character.
Residential Extension: 55.5m2, Refurbishment: 126.9m2
This project involves the reimagining of the old house involving refurbishment and significant extension. Horizontal timber cladding with external insulation give an almost nautical character to the house while increasing the buildings energy efficiency. A new recessed porch provides a clear entrance, replacing the characterless, somewhat ambiguous side doorway.
A new roof extends down from the original pitched roof to incorporate the converted garage as an integral part of the house. This new roof creates a single cohesive gable façade while maintaining the rhythm of the house and street.
The house comprised of a mishmash of small, disjointed rooms which were added one after the other over the past number of decades. These rooms are to be completely removed and replaced with a large open plan kitchen-living-dining space. Although open plan, these spaces have their own distinct area and have been designed around the furniture the clients have amassed over their lifetime.
A new glazed corner with sliding doors allows the interior to spill out to the new paved patio and sloped garden beyond. Internally, the kitchen ceiling curves dramatically like a wave, up to large rooflight which will flood the living spaces with sunlight throughout the day.