“Despite the limited floor area Diarmaid’s design flair and expertise has created a wonderful new living space for us, complete with brilliantly designed and executed hidden storage. Our new light filled kitchen and dining area is fantastic, while our new outdoor space is a joy to be in.” Paula & Mike
This project involved the complete remodelling of the lower ground floor of a two-storey over-basement Georgian terrace house, which was divided into two units. Extensive waterproofing works formed a central part of this project as the lower level was flooded in October 2011.
A key requirement was to transform the unused lower ground floor into a light and airy space that could provide a family dining and kitchen area. A full-height storage wall, accessible from both sides, serves both the kitchen and utility area and cleverly conceals household appliances. Accessed via a hidden corridor, a new stairway reconnects the upper and lower floors.
The creation of a split-level garden maximises the outdoor space available. The lower level terrazzo patio is accessed directly from the kitchen/dining area and is framed using hardwood walls and an integrated bench and planter. Steps lead to the upper garden level, which is accessed directly from the half-landing though a glazed hardwood door.
Refurbishment work on the upper floors included a re-fit of the existing bathroom, the installation of a range of bespoke fitted furniture and the installation of a solar-heating system.
Design & Construction: Diarmaid Brophy Architects
Design & Tender: SOSA (Diarmaid was project architect at SOSA)
Completed in 2013
Photography by Ros Kavanagh, © 2014