This elegant 1817 home in Dublin has everything you might imagine a Georgian townhouse to have: beautiful period features, generous windows and tons of traditional character.
However, the large conservatory addition to the back of the two-storey house gives it the same dimension as new, adding more light and a modern, glamorous touch. “When we started, the house was empty shells,” said the director of domiciled and chief designer Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design. “We want to avoid creating standard period properties that could be built many years ago. Very repentant to blend the old with the new. ”
Who stayed here: Designer Roisin Lafferty from Kingston Lafferty Design and his boyfriend; She designed the house for her parents, who owns the house but currently resides elsewhere
Location: Ranelagh Area Dublin
Size: Three bedroom, three bathrooms
The house is in a fantastic location in Ranelagh, one of Dublin’s most historic squares. “The village centre, with its beautiful boutiques and cafés, is just a three minute walk away,” says Lafferty.
However, the house was in a terrible state when she and her team were taken for renovation from top to bottom for her boyfriend’s parents, who had a home as a second residence. It takes a lot of TLC.
“Before we started working, the house was in a badly damaged condition, full of moist and mushrooms, with dangerous and outdated plumbing and equipment,” Lafferty recalls. “It has been a rented property for over 15 years and, when we started working, it had been uninhabited for a year. Construction is also in terrible condition, so structural safety becomes a big problem. ”
Lafferty described the project as a real work of love. “Basically, the whole place needs to be destroyed, then repaired, replaced, unearthed, completely reconfigured and rebuilt,” he said. “We are working on all construction drawings, electrical plans, and all interior design. It was a fantastic experience. ”
The essence of home renovation is the addition of the conservatory in the back, along with an upgraded garden that leads from it. This style complements the original architecture, featuring traditional stripes that don’t look overly contemporary or out of place.
Lafferty explains the thought behind the expansion: “Although his home is large-scale, there are only a few relatively small rooms.”
Moreover, it is made of wooden frame, located where the basement cannot be used. “Because of the original height limitation [6 1/2 feet], it’s not the place that many people want to spend,” says Lafferty.. “By digging around the basement to increase head height and adding a full-width conservatory extension, we can provide a spacious living-dining room. ”
The basement has no natural light, so creating a bright space flowing into the garden is the goal. “We want a lot of glass and very landscape garden by way of a level for mouthpiece as much as natural light as possible,” Lafferty say S. “Overall, the entertainment room has more than doubled. It really has to be the center of the house. ”
There is a strong blue theme at home. “My boyfriend’s parents are big fans of blue color. We’ve used a lot of different tones to add depth, variation, and richness, “says Lafferty. Here on the doorstep, intricate collage tiles from Seville, Spain, create a striking focal point, along with a blue tapestry and a designer chair. From the vivid tiles, Lafferty says the idea is to determine the arch that leads from the kitchen to the additions. The same tiles are used on the kitchen backsplash. There is a real sense of grandeur in this high ceiling space, filled with light. “I’ve always been interested in playing high and scale and pairing contrasting styles to form something interesting and original,” says Lafferty.
Lafferty’s favourite corner of the house features a fat pumpkin chair by Pierre Paulin. “Sit here is the most comfortable place and allow the view to the garden as well as the living and dining room,” he said. “Because the spiral staircase is nearby, it feels like you can see and hear around the house. It’s also the place with the most natural light and the most color. ”
The conservatory can sometimes be too hot and indifferent in the summer or too cold in the depths of winter, but not this one. “Underfloor heating works very well in the space to ensure an even temperature,” says Lafferty. “Because the garden faces north, there is no direct sunlight on the extension, so it’s not too hot, too. ”
Bright paintings add to the feel of a gallery that arty to the dining room next to it. “E Asels are a wonderful way to showcase artwork without damaging the wall,” says Lafferty.
However, the real star here is the Iron spiral staircase, which is bought from the rescue company. “That’s what people are most aware of when they enter,” says Lafferty. “The gasoline blue color makes it stand out, and looks very striking when viewed from the garden. We design additional platforms and handrails to match the steps. ”
The light is Marcel Wanders ‘ Skygarden pendant. “We need to be creative enough with lights all over the house,” says Lafferty. “Contemporary lighting fixtures combined with antique chandeliers ensure no room is the same.”
The living room radiates lavish warmth and charm without effort. Elements such as gramophone, gold-framed mirrors, and patterned curtains add a comfortable and historical feel. “This is the most traditional room in the house,” says Lafferty. “We want to retain its original functionality. We took many antique furniture items and asked them to be upgraded. There are also many navy and gold-we want to coat different patterns and textures to give a rich feeling. ”
What makes this House really sung is a lot of beautiful and unique design details that add personality as well as a sense of inheritance – this is not too maximal, but also not minimalist.
Every corner has been designed and considered lovingly, as this Golden side table is filled with obsolete antique books and glass candle spots. “My girlfriends mother certainly had an eclectic taste, as well as a real interest in antiques, so she was full of ideas,” says Lafferty.
Like the rest of the house, the kitchen runs in between history and modern.
The wall mounted plate display adds a unique charm. “We used a plate to bring out the kitchen nuance in the kitchen. Many have history and antiques; We mix this old plate with a contemporary design to add an eclectic feel, “says Lafferty.
Only if all kitchen cabinets look to the wall of this stylish modern kitchen storage. “We’re bold in blue,” says Lafferty. “I especially like how each cabinet has a different depth to disguise the tilt of the wall behind it.”
The master bedroom has a boutique hotel feel, with flower paper walls and a luxurious plated headboard. “We wanted to create a spacious, subtle, yet luxurious bedroom,” said Lafferty.
The walk-in closet room features a mixture of rods, drawers and shelves to keep clothes tidy. The panelled gapura may look like it is always there, but it is added to hide clothes from view in the sleep zone.
Creative tiles are one of Lafferty’s favorite things at home. He fans generally use interesting tiles to add color, pattern, and impact. “You can buy a cost-effective tile and put it in an unusual way, such as a parquet effect, or create your own border pattern, for a more expensive look,” he says.
“There’s a lot to do with the bathroom by playing with mirrors and tiles to add personality-they also don’t need a big space.”
What is beautiful about this House is the traditional and vintage way without feeling fusty or formal. In this room, a pile of pillows, shiny wallpapers and a bunch of mirrors help create a vintage feel.
Again, Blue is a calming background. “It is important to us that the bedroom is a quiet sanctuary to escape,” Lafferty said. “Blue Soft gray walls create a calming environment.”
The office space has a formal “club ” feel, partly thanks to the brown bark of the Chesterfield couch and the library style shelves. “We want to create the nuance of a man’s smoking space,” Lafferty explained. “This room is about drama. We use two of the Marcel Wanders Skygarden’s pendants to define space and design the mint green panels and bookshelves to add texture and depth. “While there are traditional elements, we have paired them with contemporary furniture and lighting. Taksidermi-butterflies, birds-also used to add color and further interest. ”
The basement bathroom has a luxurious vintage feel.
The last part of this House puzzle is the beautiful garden. “Garden Landscaping is a big part of our work,” says Lafferty. “Previously, it was overgrown and on the ground floor, with a cold and dark basement.” The garden is an extension of the house. We want to create a feeling of open space, and include a lot of lighting so that it can be enjoyed throughout the year and at night as well. ”
The park is terraced to create an interest and sense of space. “You can have different experiences on each of the three levels,” says Lafferty.
“All the walls in the park retain concrete walls,” he said. “The park is [8 feet] lower than the garden on both sides, so a lot of structural work is needed. Due to north facing, the sunlight is limited. We want to maximize the amount of natural light that enters the house, and by designing a garden of more than three levels, we have channeled as much light as possible during the day. ”
The walls are made of Ecocem cement, which has a beautiful white finishing touch.
The lion’s head fountain is found in a rescue company; Garden furniture from metal continue the blue theme of a lively house.