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Project: Change of use from office to Dwelling, extension and refurbishment of a Georgian Protected Structure in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.     Date: August 2013 to September 2014      Job Description: Planning and Design

Georgian house change of use, extension and Refurbishment in Ballsbridge

The Brief

In August 2013, we were contacted to design the refurbishment, change of use and extension of a Georgian building, a protected structure with 4 storeys above basement in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The building was in use as a legal office since the 1970s. It was extended during the 1920s on 3 storeys to the rear. The clients were looking for an architect to assist with the project design and planning permission. The building functionality and layout needed to be improved / modified for use as a dwelling. The clients required bathrooms / ensuite at each floor. The brief also included sketches for a modern single storey extension to provide a dining / lounge area to the rear. Repairs to the roof and basement floors were necessary, as well as new services and thermal improvements.

The Project

The extension is only 7 square metres. It provides direct western sunlight within the proposed dining / loung area. It was designed to minimize impact on the original structure and to minimize any visual intrusion on the neighbouring property. The refurbishment of the building was achieved with the assistance of Robert Goodbody Historical Building Consultant who prepared the historical report and advised on conservation issues. All works within the structure and in its vicinity were proposed in compliance with conservation guidelines, principles and best practice. A new kitchen was added and windows restored / repaired where possible or replaced. The dwelling was fully re-wired, the heating system updated, existing bathrooms refurbished and 2 new bathrooms were proposed. The basement concrete floor was refurbished, some floorboards restored / repaired, as well as the roofs. Existing modern partitions were removed while new partitions were also proposed to provide a functional dwelling. The clients purchased the building subject to planning permission being granted for the change of use. Planning permission was granted in January 2014.


  Georgian change of use, extension and Refurbishment in Ballsbridge

Georgian house change of use, extension and Refurbishment in Dublin 4



The Construction

Casey O'Rourke Associates, structural engineers, were appointed to oversee the construction works in collaboration with the conservation specialist. Following the planning design and application, CK Architecture was appointed to provide working drawings and specifications for compliance with building regulations and conservation guidelines. We were informed that all construction works were completed during September 2014.


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