Tag Archive for Extension

River House – Kilkenny

 

 

There is something magical about being so close to the water.

From the very first visit we felt this was a unique location and we wanted to make the most of it. The brief asked for additional accommodation to meet current lifestyle demands.

 

 

 

The site presents a number of challenges, including a house over 150 years old, the proximity to a Special Area of Conservation (River Nore),  the existing topography, and so on…

 

 

Early in the design process a strong direction was identified as being the one that would respect the existing wood while taking full advantage of the river views.

 

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The proposal calls for an adaptive reuse of the existing house. The new volumes create an amicable relationship with the old house, mimicking it in a contemporary way.

A new axis is created to link the different elements. This axis regulates the space by creating a clear circulation path that works like a journey of discovery around the house. The light and views are captured and framed to enhance the all experience.

The main living space offers a full open view to the river. Framed views of the surrounding landscape are provided by projecting windows that puncture the main structure.

The concept resolves the complex constraints on site by designing a house that is in harmony with the site and with the existing old house, which dates back to the early 1800’s or possibly late 1700’s.

 

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The main living space offers a full open view to the river.

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Framed views of the surrounding landscape are provided by projecting windows that puncture the main structure.

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Extension to House Over 100 years Old in New Ross, Wexford

Note: This post was previously titled ‘Extension to 1950’s House in New Ross, Wexford – SketchUp Animation’. During works we discovered the walls were not what we expected and some investigation confirmed the original house was built between 1888-1913! (The owners were not aware of this.)

We feel that our proposal is like the missing piece to complete this house puzzle.

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The original house used to be a Council house and it was built in the 1950s. The owners had already built different extensions to the house but they left a big problem unsolved: the entrance and the circulation and flow of space within the house.

They approached us to get a bigger kitchen more suitable to their lifestyle. We listened and we were sensitive to all energies we could capture. We proposed a holistic approach that embraced the existing house, respecting it and making the all space a much better place to live in.

We like to think the new entrance works like the “spinal column” of the house, supporting it, organizing it and allowing the spaces to flow naturally from there.

From the entrance a new wall – the “shoulders” – is built to hold the two new extensions – the “arms” – that will hug and embrace the existing house respecting it in a complacent manner.

 

 

We felt the existing black and white palette needed a different material/texture to make it more interesting and with a warmer feeling. We propose to cover the two “arms” with timber cladding. This is a type of cladding found elsewhere on this site and it has the beauty of being a natural and environmentally friendly material that easily blends with the landscape.

Working with an existing house with a number of (more recent) extensions is always a challenge. We are often restricted by a number of factors and it requires years of experience to turn them around in our favour. We are delighted with the result and we cannot wait to see it built.

See what our clients had to say:

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As featured in the journal.ie

 

House Extension in Wexford – Drinagh – SketchUp Animation

 

This extension was mostly inspired by the existing roof and all the triangular shapes it creates.

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The existing house is a 2 storey detached house built in Wexford, Ireland in 2005.

The proposal aims to provide a bigger dining space and a living room that is connected to the kitchen while taking advantage of the solar path and the garden views.

The use of simple volumes and materials contributes to the contemporary design we want to achieve.

 

 

Our proposal blends well with the existing house while providing a modern edge. The new extension gives a new personality to this house.

 

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