Existing Building –45sq.m single storey semi- detached  1950’s cottage located in conservation area near Strawberry Beds in semi- rural  West Dublin .

Extension- Client wanted a  detached house  circa 300sq.m  , but  the Planning Authority would not permit a one off house in a Conservation Area. An extension was permitted.

Design solution was to create a 300sq.m extension to the existing  cottage, connected with a glazed link  between each building. A new wall which traverses the site was used to  ‘hide‘ the extension  from the public  road . A single storey extension with basement & sunken terraced patio was located behind the wall .The extension is part pitched roof and part flat roofed to reduce the ‘visual mass or bulk’ of the extension . The flat roofed portion is not visible from the road.

The front entrance is relocated from the cottage to the new glazed link , the existing cottage has been renovated and converted into a home office /study . The circulation route from the glazed link passes through the wall into the extension  and merges with a stairwell which has a series of roof lights  to optimise natural light .

The entry level of the extension has courtyard bedrooms , living room which opens out to rear garden,a  Utility room and open plan  kitchen dining space , with glazed screens overlooking garden and patio. The flat roofed part of the extension houses a car port , games room and access to patio.  Bedrooms are located in basement with access to sunken patio.

A simple palette of materials include monocouche  render in different colours , timber cladding, slate , aluclad windows  for new extension , new windows  & plaster finish to existing cottage .