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Sky Arc House

Budget and Brief Budget €130,000 Approx. Area of addition 46m2. Completed 2017 In the 1990’s, new housing estates were deliberately plain and repetitive. This went beyond the conservatism of the property developers who commissioned the designs; during a time of immense social change, they represented “neutral territory”, to help house buyers imagine new lifestyles and buy into new communities outside our old cities and towns. But what if you longed for permanence, individuality and a sense of continuity? As a couple putting down roots in a new town, our clients not only wanted to personalize a standard house design but sought architecture with a sense of meaning, gravity and place. ...

Urban Cottage for a Writer, The Liberties, Dublin

Budget: €38,000 Location: The Liberties, Dublin 8. This was the smallest construction project we have done in the last few years, but as it unfolded over a few short weeks, it was perhaps the most enjoyable. Our client had an excellent visual sense and a clear vision of how the cottage would work and feel. We introduced her to a builder with an excellent set of skills, and we facilitated their collaboration with clear drawings and gave them the benefit of our recent experience working on historic structures. The result is a complex living and work space with a unique aesthetic and sense of history.  Revealing the Story of the...

Dormer Bungalow Reinvented as Super-Insulated Ecohome; The Beauty of This External Insulation is More Than Skin Deep!

Like many rural homes, this comfortable dormer bungalow in the beautiful Meath countryside had two major shortcomings: very poor insulation and airtightness, and a tired external appearance. Having already renovated the interior to a high standard, our clients’ brief was to create an external shell of insulation to form a super- insulated and airtight home. This substantial body of work would affect every part of the house, giving our clients a new opportunity for design.   “Inside- Out” or “Outside- In” As architects, we usually design from the “inside out”, meaning our buildings are generated from detailed layouts which serve the clients’ brief. Such design concepts make the clients’ physical...

Open Plan Living Space Interior Lit from Above

1950’s Terrace Reinvention Drumcondra

In 2006, a young single Cillian bought a 1950’s terrace house as a starter home. In the heart of Drumcondra, close to his family, this small house had a remarkably long sloping garden, and an airy south facing aspect. Years passed, Cillian met his wife Laura, and in 2014 they asked us if it was possible to make their starter home into a forever home. Monumental Challenges and Humble Goals Their goal was to re-construct the house as a 4-bedroom family home with the same conveniences you would expect in a new development. They needed about 120m² of space including a downstairs bedroom adjacent to an accessible bathroom, upstairs bedrooms with study spaces, practical kitchen and utility room, and...

Multi- Family Home Extension- A New Approach to Traditional Rural Housing

Rural families in Ireland have a strong tradition of building houses on family land. This goes to the core of rural life in Ireland; it can be extremely difficult to create the life you want in a sparsely populated rural area and all young people face a tough choice to stay or go. Having the space and permission to build an affordable rural home can tip the balance in favour of staying in the local community. In late 2014, we were approached by a family who had lived in the same rural place for three generations. Our clients were a family of five: a newly married couple with a baby,...

Our Latest Work in Today’s Sunday Business Post: How to make your own space

Our Latest Work in Today’s Sunday Business Post: How to make your own space

Be sure to pick up today’s Sunday Business Post to read the article in full. http://www.businesspost.ie/getting-the-builders-in-how-to-make-your-own-space/

1950’s 2 bed transforms into stylish 4 bed.

1950’s 2 bed transforms into stylish 4 bed.

Dublin has thousands of 2 up 2 down terraced houses like this one, located in mature communities, some just minutes from the city centre. With narrow sites and basic construction few people realise their true potential. They were built as subsistence level family homes and are typically just 60m2. We have developed a strategy to increase this to over 120m2 with all the accommodation of a normal 4 bed house. We secured permission from An Bord Pleanala to double the size of this home. This precedent shows how houses of this type can expand to cater for a growing family with high quality living space. This view shows the emerging...

11m long Clerestory Window Overlooking Meath Countryside. Steelwork coming together. Not a bad view to wake up to!

11m long Clerestory Window Overlooking Meath Countryside. Steelwork coming together. Not a bad view to wake up to!

Carlingford House- Exempt Development in Historic Village

Date: Completed 2012 Budget: Approx €106,000 Excluding VAT Construction Period: 1 Year Area of New Build: 39.8 meters squared Area of Existing House (completely renovated): 78 meters squared This building is located in the historic village of Carlingford, Co. Louth. It is designed as a large and comfortable home for one person, with space for guests and provision for lifetime use. The client grew up in the original house, and had life- long links to the neighborhood. She approached DKAD to design a simple extension which met her functional needs, which could be achieved within a modest budget and which had some luxurious features. Due to the importance of the...

2 Up/ 2 Down Dublin

Contract Price Inc. VAT: €115,000 Services Provided: Full Architectural Services Location: Medium- Density 1950’s Local Authority Terrace, Dublin. Brief: The clients approached DKAD to advise on the extension and modernisation of a small terraced home which was in need of substantial material renewal. The house was built in the 1950’s and originally measured roughly 50 metres squared. The local area is characterised by tightly packed terraced houses, and a valuable sense of community and place. We chose to respect and respond to the dense nature of the site with a building which would feel hand- made and rooted in its place. The clients were a couple with a growing family, and...

Wheelchair Accessible 4 Bed

Date: 2009- 2010 Services: Full Architectural Service Brief: The clients were a couple with three young children who required that the house be modified to accommodate a fully powered wheelchair. The existing house was most unsuitable for this purpose and DKAD’s first recommendation was for the family to relocate to a single story home, unfortunately conditions in the property market at the time precluded this course of action, and the clients commissioned extremely extensive renovations to this house. This project was among the most complex and extensive renovation projects possible on a conventional semi- detached home. This situation was further complicated by the large amount of circulation space required for...

House Extension, Raheny, Version 2

Date: March 2010 Services Provided: Stage 1 Design Services Only Brief: This was the second variation of the design for this house extension. The clients decided that they wanted a larger extension than that initially described. This version took account of the fact that the north facing orientation was not suitable for a large opaque roof, and that the existing dining room and kitchen would lose a lot of light. DKAD used a large feature box- rooflight to open the roof, and allow light to enter the plan at it’s deepest point. In order to assess different types of roof lights, and roof designs on the basis of the amount...

House Extension, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

Date: Unbuilt 2008 Budget: Not Defined Services Provided: Stage 1 scheme design, Stage 3 Production Information Brief: The clients for this project were a family with children of both primary and secondary school age. They required a new living space to the rear, with a feature kitchen, and they also wanted separate TV rooms for children and adults in the home. We prepared two design options for this scheme, and articulated them using traditional architectural design models. The first version required major structural work to the existing house, and sought to make more efficient use of the existing space. It included feature glaging to both the roof and rear walls....

Luxury Residence Malahide Dublin

Date: Completed November 2010 Construction Period: 16 weeks Budget: Not Disclosed Services Provided: Design and visualisation, production information and construction stage services. Brief: The clients approached DKAD to design changes to a large existing house. The clients had a clear and well developed concept which they had developed in their minds over a number of years, and DKAD provided a range of services to translate this concept into a completed family home. They required additional bedrooms for their growing family and also wished to improve the character and quality of the living space by adding new openings with floor to ceiling glazing. It was important that the new bedrooms would...

House Extension Raheny, Version 1

Date: March 2009 Budget: Not Disclosed Construction Period: 6 Weeks Services Provided:   Stage 1 Design Services Only. Brief: The client’s brief for this project was to add a dining room to this semi- detached sub- urban home. The exsiting house had been well maintained and continuously improved, so the main part of the house was in excellent decorative order. The clients required an extension which could be added to the house without any significant disruption to the household. DKAD prepared a series of designs using 3D graphics, and conventional architectural drawings to articulate the designs to the clients. This version of the design uses the kitchen area in the pre-...