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Sloperton Lodge, Co. Dublin

This villa in Monkstown, Co. Dublin is an excellent example of the fine Victorian architecture which accompanied the construction of the Dublin to Kingstown railway in the eighteen-forties and fifties.

Comprising a two-storey over basement villa, the now-designated protected structure was in multiple units when purchased by PKA’s clients in 2006.

The brief was to restore and conserve those features which contributed to the house’s special character, and to ensure that the alterations and additions proposed were of the best contemporary design, and did not detract from the quality of the original.

PKA’s project restores much of the layout to its 1850 configuration, while having regard for the client’s objective that the house functions as a modern home for the family’s busy lifestyle. This involved some re- configuration of existing rooms to provide en-suite bathrooms and such-like while retaining the fine proportions of the house’s principal reception rooms.

An extension to the rear incorporates part of the original house into a dramatic new kitchen and family room wing, with a contemporary oak staircase providing an alternative vertical link to compliment the fine existing Victorian staircase.

The restoration employed state of the art energy saving technology; an integrated heating system, solar panels, a wood pellet boiler and gas condensing backup have enhanced the energy rating of the house, while high grade insulation and careful restoration of the original windows significantly improve heat loss.

The striking and bold landscape design was carried out in association with the client and the award-winning contemporary garden designer Diarmuid Gavin.

Client: Private

Value: €2,000,000

Size: 550 sq.m.

Reference: On Application
Design: 2004
Completion: 2008