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Ground Floor Home Extension - Pouladuff Road, Cork

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House extension to rear
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3D drawing of new courtyard
Linehan construction house extensions
House extension to rear
house extensions cork city
kitchen extension cork
ground floor house extension
home extensions cork
3D drawing of new courtyard

Project Background

The clients approached us to design and build an extension to their city centre terraced cottage. The original cottage which was built in the 19th century and was a two up two down house, a previous small lean to extension had been added at some stage in the past to create a small kitchen and shower room.

The clients had outgrown the compact and impractical layout of the cottage but due to the downturn in the market felt it was better to invest in extending their home than moving.

Design Process

The design process began with an initial visit to the house to meet the clients. Here we took site measurements, and discussed with the clients what they were unhappy with in the current layout and what the wanted to gain by extending the house.

The brief outlined that ground floor living was the most important aspect of the extension, the clients were happy with the two bedrooms on the first floor and they wanted to leave the bathroom on the ground floor but increase the size to incorporate a bath and a separate shower. They also preferred that the bathroom did not open off the kitchen. The 2 rooms downstairs in the original cottage had been knocked into one room but this left the rear section of the house acting as a corridor between the lean too kitchen and the sitting room.

Our design solution was to reinstate the wall between the sitting room and the dining room, creating a new study/ guest room to the front and a new generous bathroom in the original cottage footprint. The lean too construction was removed and a new 40sq m contemporary extension was added to the rear to incorporate an open plan kitchen/dining/living room with large rear glass doors extending the width of the room to open onto the garden. This increased the house from 72.75 sqm (783sq ft) to a 91 sqm (980 sq ft).

Materials and construction methods used

The original cottage was of stone and brick construction, in keeping with the tradition style of the original house, the new wall creating the new study/guest room and bathroom was built in reclaimed brick with a curved feature to incorporate the existing stair position. The new extension is concrete block construction with insulated cavity and a 50mm insulated slab on the interior. The exterior is smooth rendered. The flat roof of the extension is resin coated which is extremely durable and removes any of the negative aspects that used to be associated with flat roofs in the past.

The large glass doors to rear and a roof light meant that the new extension is full of natural light. The flat roof gave the clients the opportunity to replace a rear first floor dormer window with French doors, which lead onto the flat roof to create a balcony. Central heating is gas fired with a new wood-burning stove as a focal point in the new living room.

House Extensions

House extensions are a great way of gaining extra space in your home and are generally a more affordable and less disruptive alternative to moving. Our in-house team project manage the entire process from design concept  to completion even obtaining the necessary planning permission from your local authority if necessary. Having completed a significant number of extension projects we can provide you with all the services required for your single story or double story extension, from the planning stages, to construction through to all the interior design decisions and landscaping.