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This period extension in Foxrock pulls out all the stops


By Sharon Miney
12th May 2021
This period extension in Foxrock pulls out all the stops

Glass box extensions get a bad rap, but here’s how to pull one off with panache – this sophisticated South Dublin home has truly been opened out to the garden. We look back on the kitchen extension that featured in a 2016 issue of Image Interiors & Living.

Looking at this South Dublin extension, we adore the additional glass box that houses a mini table and chairs. Architect Declan O’Donnell of ODKM, alongside MSVI Contractors, was tasked with bringing the client’s brief to life.

Carysfort House Interior Refurb Extension

“This is a semi-detached, Victorian house dating from the 1840s,” begins Declan. “The owners wanted a single-storey extension and refurb to achieve a larger, brighter kitchen with informal and formal dining.”

The site posed a bit of challenge for him to work around. “With a narrow plot built up on both sides, pulling in light from above was key.”

Other significant hurdles included underpinning the rear three-storey return and dropping the floor level to link to the existing rear formal dining area in the centre of the house.

“We wanted to make a seamless connection to the rear garden, getting good vertical light into a tall north-facing rear garden property with large neighbouring properties either side.” A conservationist at heart, Declan reused much of brick from the older structures in the new walls, complemented by glass, concrete and ceramic composite.

Carysfort House Kitchen Refurb Extension

The floors are power-floated concrete, which is both cost-effective and hard-wearing in this busy kitchen. The bespoke aluminium doors are powder-coated and the tops and gables were mitred for a seamless finish. The bespoke kitchen is by Dean Cooper.

Carysfort House Salvaged Brick Refurb Extension

As Declan explains, “we created a conversation between old and new by using salvaged materials in conjunction with the extension, and rationalised the flow and function of the ground-floor areas, cascading roof light from above.”