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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...

Very happy with this new design for a semi-detached family home. Today’s work in progress at DKAD!

We have been working to reinvent a conventional semi-detached home in Dublin for the last number of months, and we feel we have arrived at one of our most inventive designs yet.     The front of this house faces roughly south, and our proposed rear extension will be in the shadow of the existing building. In our design, the new extension roof reaches up in a single angular form, and out of the shadow of the original house. It pulls dramatic south-light inwards using a large roof light above the new living space, and a south- facing wall to reflect this light back into the depth of the house....

Dual Indoor & Outdoor Pavillions- Immersive House Extension Concept for Garden Lovers- DKAD Work in Progress

We are currently working on this new 22m2 living space for a family with a keen interest in gardening. This angular configuration highlights the maximum length of a suburban garden, and creates the impression that the relatively small external space is much larger than it is. The indoor and outdoor seating areas will address the garden, while occupying a minimal footprint, leaving lots of room for plants and trees! This version of the design features a technically challenging double layer of board- marked concrete for the interior and exterior walls, polished concrete horizontal surfaces and bronze- framed floor to ceiling glazing. The form has been developed with a proportional system...

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!

Exciting Apartment Interior

Exciting Apartment Interior

Apartment interior for an upcoming project

Our Ultimate Teenager’s Bedroom- Work in Progress

Our Ultimate Teenager’s Bedroom- Work in Progress

The quality which distinguishes truly life- altering family homes is the ability for a large group of people to share it while each living their life to the full. This luxury home has twin split- level bedrooms to the front in addition to the master suite at the rear. They each feature front balconies, (out of frame) and are designed to accommodate a range of uses within the private space. Contemporary family structures create a pattern of use where adult children may live in the family home until their late twenties, or relatives may travel from across the world for extended visits. Whether for family members or guests, such bedrooms...

Classical Form is Still the Starting Point for Luxury Residential Design

Classical Form is Still the Starting Point for Luxury Residential Design

How Can You Achieve Luxury Without Profligate Expense? As a designers, we are often focused on problem solving. But when a special client asks for something more than just an intelligent solution for their practical needs, for a design that is personal to them and expressive of their personality, we embark on a subtly different process, and we ask ourselves “what does luxury mean for this client.” If you read lifestyle magazines, which are driven by advertising, it can often seem that achieving an extraordinary home is about spending vast amounts of money on luxury brands and technologies. As architects it’s our job to see through the fog of marketing...

Luxury Material Palette for Circulation Space

Luxury Material Palette for Circulation Space

We are continuing work on this luxury home. We are aiming to achieve a thoroughgoing design quality and have combined the technical design with detailed visual studies. The wall panels are comprised of painted wood interior panels, and a natural timber lath exterior. The recessed frame is a bespoke structural curtain wall, made from stained hardwood. This frame module shall be expressed on internal and external faces. The stair balustrade is made from laquered brass with ground welds and concealed fixings. The artwork shown is an example of work by Teresa Costa Rego. The side board is by Ana Revello Vazquez from Uraquay and Renato Solio. Look out for more...

Rear Extension- Value Engineered Technical Design in Progress

Rear Extension- Value Engineered Technical Design in Progress

Technical design is under way to achieve this 39m2 house extension with our client's chosen budget.

Test Render of Luxury Interior

Interior View of New Luxury Home- Work in Progress

We created this image to test the material palette of a new luxury home, overlooking the river Boyne. Look out for more images of this exciting project over the next few weeks.