Harold's Cross Road
terenure, dublin 6w
Legislation enacted in recent years intended to improve the quality of rental accommodation has seen almost all bedsits eliminated from the market as landlords baulk at the outlay required to bring - especially period properties - up to the new standards. This has resulted in a number of multi-dwelling buildings being (re)converted back to single family dwellings. This is work - subject to certain requirements and conditions* - that can be undertaken without the requirement for planning permission.
A handsome bay-fronted red-brick Victorian terraced property in Terenure was undergoing such a transformation. It had been butchered into 9 units and had not seen any love for many years. All elements of the fabric were either damaged through neglect or insensitive intervention. It was taken back to almost a shell such was the extent of the damage. A small rear extension filled in the side return, but the project was mostly one of refurbishment.
A multitude of problems with the external fabric were immediately evident, from deteriorating brickwork to a dangerously listing chimney and shoddy re-roofing. The first step in halting the damage and decline of any period property is to repair and reinstate the external fabric, starting with the roof. Numerous conservation works were undertaken to achieve this, including, re-pointing and repair of all brickwork with lime mortar, rebuilding of the chimney and re-roofing the entire property.
The limited amount of existing plasterwork cornicing that survived was retained and repaired by a specialist.New hardwood joinery is not a slavish copy of what would have existed, but a contemporary take on the panelled doors and tall skirtings.
*always consult an architect or planning professional before undertaking works to your property.