Well, we made it. After dozens of sketch schemes, a stack or pre-planning drawings, heaps of planning revisions, construction drawings, a multitude of tenderers, hours of contract administration and architects instructions…We finally got to Practical Completion; and this blog post shows some photos of the completed project together with the concepts behind them.
Basically, the works were an extension to an 1980’s constructed cottage that was designed and detailed by retired Dublin Architect George A. McCaw. The cottage design was sympathetic in size and scale to traditional cottages in the area (unlike the Bungalow blitz houses that were also built in the same period). The house also had several traditional features such as the concrete barges, vertically proportioned windows and was elegant in concept and execution.
Interestingly, the same contractor was chosen for the extension as constructed the original house; this definitely helped in the construction and detailing – if you look at the new concrete barges they are identical to the existing (albeit a bit newer and cleaner!)
The brief therefore for the extension was to increase the living and bedroom accommodation yet retain the design, integrity and honesty of the original house. So. without further ado, let’s look at some of the photos:
So let’s now look at few of the photos from inside, bear in mind that (in the great tradition of architects photos at Practical Completion) these are without client’ furniture!
As discussed the principal concepts behind the design were as follows:
- To respect the existing house yet add much-needed additional accommodation
- To Maximise the views to the sea and also maximise solar gain from the south
- To understand the past but yet to create a contemporary design of the 21st century.So from the front, the house is effectively a more contemporary version of the ‘Irish long house’. It holds the traditional features that were set in the original cottage and follows the same form and scale. We’ve replicated the concrete barges throughout; even down to the structure required to ‘invisibly’ construct them in the ‘buffer zone’. We’ve even added an extra feature of the granny ‘pooch’ lean-to and
What’s incredible as an architect as well as obviously seeing the built version of your drawings are also the small details that go from just an idea and a drawing into a fully fledged built form. You’ll also see some of these details below as well.
All of the above would have been impossible without a client with vision, an exceptional contractor and an incredible team of structural engineers and environmental consultants. So, a special thanks goes to:
Guerin & Considine Ltd – Builders
Tel: 065 7081283
Safi Environmental Consultants
Tel: 065 6844908