Extension Design Ideas, Co. Dublin

Every house is different. Even seemingly identical houses on the same road will have mirrored plans, opposed orientations, and a variety of adaptations and extensions. Every family is different, in size, stage of life, lifestyle, expectations and budget.

We approach each extension with 3 main priorities - layout, light, interaction with garden and running costs. By getting each of those right, we hope that our clients will have an extension that will work for them on every level.

We've included a short selection of extensions from our portfolio below which we feel cover a wide range of situations and designs.

Sunny Extension at Dunlaoghaire, Co. Dublin

In order to attract sunlight into the room, the ceiling is shaped to allow for a high window to the South, and a raised roof-light catches evening sun as it passes over the roof of the main house.

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Energy Efficient Leopardstown Extension

Good design have reduced the heating bill for this newly extended family. A double height window facing south allows sunlight penetrate deep into the room. The heat from the sun is stored by the insulated high-mass floor and block walls, and warm air is convected through the open landing to the rooms above. Simple roof-lights give the bonus of a previously hidden view of the Sugarloaf.

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Rear view of extension.

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Front view of extended house.

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An open plan family room divides naturally into sitting, dining, kitchen, and play areas.

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A floor level eaves window in the converted loft space gives the impression of a floating roof, and dispels the cramped feeling so often experienced with loft conversions.

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Extension for Wheelchair User, Dublin

Much time is spent in this room, and so it is positioned to make the best of the garden from inside, with high ceilings to create an airy space. Picture windows on one side and a small roof-light on the other ensure that sunlight can enter the room for most of the day, and changes in character from a flood in the morning to a shaft in the afternoon.

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Garden Room Extension Killiney

A hot in summer and cold in winter greenhouse is replaced with a well insulated garden room. The extension is orientated to the main garden area, and a projecting window enhances the connection with the garden. Generous steps make a comfortable transition from the raised ground floor to the garden level.

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Bungalow Extension, Killliney, Co. Dublin

This Dublin bungalow was increased in size by 50%. From a design point of view, it was important to avoid the extensions looking like a series of add-ons. We wanted to maintain the horizontal look of the original and still achieve a very integrated look.

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The restricted eave space was incorporated into the play room to increase light entry.

House Extension at Sandyford, Co. Dublin

The northerly aspect presented the risk of the extension darkening the dining area. Afternoon and evening light is drawn through a roof-light and reflected into the interior by a faceted wall. The ceiling is modelled to modulate the light and create an interesting space within. The dining area is lighter than it was previously. An octagon fulfilled the requirement to address the large garden which ran to the north east.

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Extension For Corner Terrace Ranelagh

This extension meant doing a lot within a very, very confined space. An additional bedroom, a bathroom and a small office were required in this gardenless one bedroom house. The planners forbade raising the ridge, so the ceilings were lowered, and the enlarged roof-space accommodated study and bathroom.

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A shower is fitted into a "chimney" feature which visually reinforces the corner of the terrace - see exterior picture.

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The cross-section shows how the stair design allowed this "shoe-horning" to be done.

Extension at Glenageary, Co. Dublin

Angled boundaries and an easterly prospect presented a tight dark site. The original concept of a drum form with high level windows was changed to an octagon for reasons of cost, but it still maximized the site, turned the view to face into the garden rather than the fence, and retained the flow of light into the original house. Openings have been situated to catch the moving light as the sun moves around the house.

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Two Storey Extension, Foxrock, Co. Dublin

A two storey extension was built to create a large living room and a large bedroom above. The additional space was to be created in a way that did not look like an extension, but part of the original house. A gable to match the original gables was used, which provided considerably more additional space than would have been achieved by dormers, and also a sea view over the neighbours house. The ground floor extension is fully glazed to become an 'indoor part' of the small garden.

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Modern Extension in Dunlaoire, Co. Dublin

The rear north-east facing kitchen / dining room is extended to provide a much closer relationship with the facing garden. Sunlight disappears around to the front of the house by noon, and so afternoon and evening sun was introduced with a high level window/roof-light. The 'shop-window; glazing system achieved high thermal insulation, a very large end window and flexibility in the layout of the framing.

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Bedroom Extension, Eden Road

A small bedroom extension was required in a prominent position, and so the facing wall was pulled back from the boundary wall, and materials were chosen to match the existing house. One window lights a small dresser, the other offers a view down an attractive road.

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After, with second storey extension visible.

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Direct view of extension.

Our Customers Say

Garden Room Killiney

I reckon the job went a lot better because Simon was in the middle dealing directly with the builder.

Michael Cotter from Killiney, Co Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

House Renovation Deansgrange

Simon was able to achieve that which we thought was impossible, adding light into the kitchen and utility room.

Brendan Griffin from Deansgrange, Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Extend, Renovate Cottage. Dublin

I wanted the ideas, creativity and expertise that an architect could bring.. and we got that in bucketloads from Simon.

Bebhinn Murphy from Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Kitchen Extension

The extension is very bright. Everyone thinks it's magnificent

Helen and Pat from Glenageary talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Extension Design

We retained Simon for the building work - I definitely recommend doing that.

Mark from Glenageary, County Dublin talks to pickapro .. See full interview

Light Into Small Spaces

The final result was outstanding – thanks to Simon’s design, the formerly dark north facing side of the house is now flooded with light..In every respect, Simon exceeded my expectations..

Lucinda Bray and Deb Brennan from Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin .. See full testimonial

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