finglas, dublin 11
Raising the roof on a 1950's bungalow.
An attractive semi-detached bungalow was reconﬁgured to maximise the available ﬂoor area within the existing volume – a House Expansion.
The living spaces were reconﬁgured to improve their ﬂow and to better suit the needs of modern family life. An emphasis was placed on drawing sunlight into the living spaces from the south / front of house – through open-plan spaces. Internal daylighting was further enhanced by maximising glazing to the rear – also helping to visually connect the garden with the living spaces.
New rooflights front and rear are materially treated as elements of 'roof' rather than as ground floor construction and finishes. The two dormer rooﬂights allowed for the creation of 2 new bedrooms and a small bathroom – all within the under-used attic space.
As well as dramatically improving the design & layout, opportunity was taken to upgrade the existing fabric. Energy-efﬁcient upgrades include:
- an external wall insulation system (EWIS)
- insulation & airtight membrane to the timber ground ﬂoor
- insulation to all roof, dormer & residual attic spaces
- relocation of the existing solar panel to accommodate the new dormer.
The project priority was to advise the clients re an improvement strategy that could be realised within the available budget – this involved making allowance for phased development.
|Typology||Loft conversion, improvements, energy upgrade.|
|area||Retained 51m2, Attic 41m2.|
|Status||Completed, Autumn 2013|