True Restoration


true restoration

LyonsKelly were the architects on the extension and refurbishment of this 1860s town house. The project involved restoring the fabric of the existing building and extending to the rear to provide a dining bay that would fully exploit the south-facing rear and beautiful mature gardens.

The restoration of the house uses materials that are best practice in conservation such as lime plaster and hemp insulation. These materials are permeable and allow the building fabric to breath. Traditional techniques were used to restore the roof and internal plasterwork and the windows were restored to full working order while retaining as much of the original timber and old glass as possible.

The existing kitchen, situated at hall level, benefited from its elevated position and south-facing aspect but was too small. The extension is large enough to hold a dining table and a couple of large armchairs. A curving glass bay takes full advantage of the aspect and the views over the garden. High quality materials were employed throughout, yellow brick was used for the walls, the colour of which makes reference to the typical stock brick used in Dublin. A richly detailed copper roof and eaves cap off the extension.

The work is ongoing, the owner and his interior designer are progressing the interiors and a new cast iron spiral staircase that will link the hall level  with the garden is due soon.