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Added finesse – €1.05m home in Dublin 5 with a ‘fin fin’ makeover to maximize sea views

798 Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin 5. Asking price: €1.05m Broker: Gallagher Quigley (01) 8183000

One wonderful aspect of the Celtic Tiger era that is now lost was the wave of truly exciting one-off home designs and renovations it spawned.

For a time, do-it-yourself builders were willing to pay the high price for creative architecture hitherto limited to civil or commercial projects.

The following houses were cool, bold, bold and exciting.
One-off homes and home extensions by Irish architects began to appear in global design bibles background Magazine and to accept international awards.

But then the crash sent our designers back into the civic and commercial world, and the practices struggled to survive those lean years.
When architects now deal with private houses, we become lean and conservative. Tuxedo jackets, maxi skirts and trousers. There is rarely playful panache.

But every now and then we get a twinkle.

For example, you wouldn’t expect a 1930’s townhouse with bay windows to have a tail fin, would you?

The four storey house at 798 Howth Road in Raheny, Dublin 5 was in rather poor condition when its current owners took it over almost a decade ago.

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This is what the house looked like before the renovation

It belonged to an elderly lady who sat outside on nice days and looked at the coast across the street.

When it rained, she sat outside in her glass-enclosed annex. Greeting passers-by, it was just as much part of the street furniture as part of your elegant home.

After her death it was sold to a professional couple who enlisted the talents of award-winning architect Aughey O’Flaherty to reinvent the home.

They were aware that planning authorities and locals would prefer that the 1930s facades remain vaguely similar.

Therefore, homes like these can limit redesign options. The results tend to be cleaner, brighter, and more energy efficient, but not much different.

Architect Olivia Safer from Aughey O’Flaherty was commissioned.
“The back of the house had an archaic configuration that visually obscured the back garden, a wonderful feature,” she says.

“And it divided the house unnecessarily. So reversing that and removing the ‘blockade’ was the first goal.”

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Glance into the open living area

To this end, the exterior design of the property has been opened up to create an open plan kitchen and living area with large picture windows and a long, slender window has been broken into the back wall to let in the light at the stairway.

“When you go upstairs and downstairs, always look at the garden,” adds Safer.

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entrance and stairs

The old glazed extension was demolished and the front entrance streamlined.

The existing single-storey block at the front, which was probably once a garage, gave the architect the opportunity to grow upwards and backwards.

Among the new accommodations added at the top of this room was a modern bathroom. So where did that curved tail fin in front come from?

“We wanted to create a visual contrast to the main part of the building, which still largely retains its historic house form, but we also needed a feature to add privacy to the upstairs bathroom window. So we stepped back, tilted it inward, and gave it that protective visual edge.”

So a practical approach resulted in a design innovation that gave this 1930’s house a distinctive new look while preserving the original foundations.

Opening a huge window to the front helped bring in the wonderful sea view – which the previous owner had loved so much; South towards Bull Island and from the Ben of Howth to the chimneys at Poolbeg.

Now there are double-height rooms with Reynaers windows, hardwood floors, schoolhouse radiators and neat Sneider kitchen cabinets.

The ground floor has a hall, living room, open plan kitchen/dining/living area, utility room, guest toilet and storage room. Upstairs off the gallery landing is a master bedroom suite with a bay window overlooking the sea.

There is a walkway through the galley with sliding cupboards leading to the en suite shower room. Bedroom two is a large double room with mirrored slider robes and a garden window.

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One of the three bedrooms

Bedroom three is a dual aspect double bedroom with an original tiled fireplace and lacquered floorboards.

The master bathroom has a sliding door to a tiled room with a freestanding bath – and the upstairs square window to enjoy the view.

The property comes with B3 BER.

Now the owners are selling and Gallagher Quigley is demanding €1.05m for them.

https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/homes/added-finesse-105m-home-in-dublin-5-given-a-tail-fin-revamp-to-maximise-its-sea-views-41554943.html Added finesse – €1.05m home in Dublin 5 with a ‘fin fin’ makeover to maximize sea views

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