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In this project, a typical Victorian period terraced house was reconfigured to meet modern day family requirements by a few subtle but significant internal modifications and the addition of a light filled extension to the kitchen that unifies house and garden.
The dark, cellular kitchen was completely opened up and streamlined to create an efficient galley kitchen that becomes the hub of the home. Beyond this, the original outhouses were removed and replaced with an extension which, although only small in floor area, is filled with light and a sense of spaciousness through its use of glass and thereby completely transforms the rear of the house. The two glazed walls can be opened back so that the internal and external spaces flow seamlessly together. The garden therefore becomes an integral part of the interior space. It was designed to feel lush and luxuriant, with “green walls” all year round and different hard landscaping materials were used to suggest and define different outdoor spaces.
Other critical design interventions included maximising efficient built in storage areas wherever possible, within small pockets of space such as under bench seating and within partition walls.
The house was featured on the RTE programme “About the House” with Duncan Stewart.