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Oakley Road, Ranelagh

The conservation and renovation project involved total redevelopment of an Edwardian house and its extensive site on Oakley Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. In addition to remodelling the original - a protected structure - the commission included the design of a large extension, and a separate studio apartment in the rear garden.

The house had been sub-divided into bed-sits by previous owners with the loss of many original features. The challenge for PKA was to strike a balance between restoration to its original condition, and creating a home for the family’s contemporary lifestyle.

This involved some reconfiguration of the existing rooms to provide en-suite bathrooms and such-like, while restoring the fine proportioned reception rooms, and connecting these to modern set-piece spaces in the extension overlooking the property’s extensive garden.

Circulation is enhanced by the insertion of a new staircase which connects the basement party room, ground floor kitchen and first floor drawing room, and provides the house with an alternative to the existing Victorian rooflit stairhall.

The pièce de résistance - the full-width first floor drawing room - has a sliding glass wall which enjoys a southwest orientation and views over the garden to a small cedar-clad studio providing independent living for visiting relatives.

Respecting the heritage and character of the house, the project employs state-of-the-art energy saving measures, including upgraded insulation levels, integrated heating systems, solar panels and gas condensing boilers; thus combining the best of nineteenth and twenty-first century lifestyles and technologies.

Client: Private

Value: €1.500,000
Size: 630 sq.m.

Reference: On application
Design: 2005
Completion: 2008