• Leeson Street Conservation and Extension to a Victorian Protected Structure
  • Leeson Street Upper, Dublin 4
  • The Victorian protected structure converted from apartments to a dwelling for a couple and two children raised issues of conservation, client requirements and servicing. Three bedrooms and study, a workable family area, light and comfort, restoring features and reversing inappropriate modifications were priorities. A modern bathroom was removed allowing light into the stairhall. A contemporary stairs replaced a missing basement stairs. The bedrooms lost in restoring the piano nobile were replaced by adding a return floor and timber bay. The kitchen, family, dining and laudry rooms were accommodated by opening up and extending the basement plan. The proposal was to change and extend a mid 19th century elegant terraced Protected Structure, by erecting an extension to the rear and carrying out internal restoration and alterations. The front elevation was not affected apart from restoration. The return was altered, extended. The 20th century inappropriate alteration were reversed and the stair hall returned to the original plan. Solar collectors heat the basement underfloor heating, upper floor radiators and hot water and the property is heavily insulated. The works had a positive impact on the historic property as it restored the house and upgraded it for family living. All features, plaster cornices, fireplaces, windows and doors were restored.
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