Seafield Avenue

Extension and renovation of a 1930’s semi-detached house in Clontarf with an existing two storey extension to the rear. The brief was to insulate and refurbish the original house and enlarge and improve the rear extension to provide a large, contemporary family room and kitchen at ground and new master bedroom at first floor.

The ground floor extension is defined by two large painted brick flank walls and two piers supporting a roof structure which is punctured by 3 roof lights, positioned to catch the afternoon and evening sun. The use of the painted brick reinterprets the traditional use of and plastering of common brick to the rear.

Transition between the house and garden was an important part of the brief and the design blurs the threshold, by expressing both painted brick and stone floor internally and externally. The floor finish extends out to form a raised stone terrace above the large rear lawn.

Renovations to the existing first floor extension include insulating and re-rendering of the existing walls with the roof raised to form a monopitch and a new enlarged window opening up to the morning sun.


  • Irish Architecture Foundations Open House Dublin 2014
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