‘Urban Architecture’ completed this three-story over basement seafront house at Ardenza Terrace in Monkstown, Dublin. The building is a protected structure dating from 1854. When the owners purchased the house as a family home in 2013, it was in need of complete refurbishment. Additionally, the architects added a small extension to the rear as part of their works.
The front façade of the house is north facing, with the result that the main reception rooms, while having fantastic sea views, were without sunlight. The design introduced a kitchen/family room space stretching from front to rear at ground floor. This new space flows into the glazed dining room extension which connects the living areas with the south facing the garden.
The architects retained the formal drawing room on the first floor, with the master bedroom at second floor overlooking Dublin Bay. They also restored Ornate plasterwork, and original joinery details throughout the house and installed new timber sliding sash window to replace the existing PVC. Finally, the architects designed new bespoke built-in furniture for each room and installed a bespoke hand painted kitchen. The décor mixes contemporary and classic with traditional creating a unique family home.
Architect: Urban Architecture
Main Contractor: Kieran O’Sullivan
Kitchen: Blackrock Kitchens
Joinery: Greenwood Joinery
Timber Windows: MacLynn Conservation Joinery
Rooflight /glazing: Senator Commercial
Photography by Ste Murray