Conversion of an old corporate home into a modern family environment in Crumlin

32 Clonmacnoise Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Selling price: €450,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 492 2444

With property prices in the capital now hovering above Tiger-era levels, couples hoping to stay in the city are seeking ex-corpo homes as a more affordable option. Most of those built in the 1930s and 1940s need modernization.

But sometimes it’s worth the investment, as evidenced by Sinead and Conor Casey’s modernized home at 32 Clonmacnoise Road in Crumlin, a two-bed ex-corpo in Dublin 12. “It’s only with hindsight that people look at these types of houses and say They are brilliant both in terms of construction and size,” says architect Roger Bell of Bell Associates, who worked on No32 on behalf of the family.


The open plan kitchen and living area at 32 Clonmacnoise Road

“Dublin Corporation set a very high standard for housing at the time it was built. They are among the best housing stocks in the country.”
Bell spent three months working on the house for Sinead Casey, who works as an accountant, and her husband Conor, a software tester, who bought the house in 2016. The couple now have two children, Caolán, who is 20 months old, and Naoise, three months old, but at the time it was just the two of them.

Both are from Cabinteely and had hired in Rathmines. They wanted easy access to the city center and amenities and the ability to bike to work. Number 32 ticked all the boxes as it is only two miles from downtown.


The exterior of 32 Clonmacnoise Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

The house consisted of a large room on the ground floor containing the living room and kitchen with a small conservatory at the back, and two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.

Bell decided to extend the house at the back and completely redo the interior. As the building was in good condition, it was an easy task. “It went really well. If the core structure of the house is good, you are already on the winning side.”


Another view of the open plan kitchen and living area at 32 Clonmacnoise Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

The old conservatory has been demolished and replaced with an extended open plan kitchen/living area which opens onto a long garden at the rear. Parapet detailing has been added to the eaves of the home on either side to allow neighbors to build to the sides of the property if necessary without interfering with the extension.


A child’s bedroom at 32 Clonmacnoise Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

One of the considerations was the timeframe of three months. “In order not to waste time, we decided not to obtain planning permission for the rear extension,” says Bell. “It also lowered the cost of the job from the customer’s perspective.” He explains that you can build up to 40 square meters without a building permit. “We built within a hair’s breadth of Clonmacnoise Road 32,” he says.

The front of the house is the original structure and now has a living room, hallway, wet room and utility room. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one with a double bed, and an upstairs bathroom.


The traditional reception room at the front of the house

They rerouted, rewired and insulated. They are laid out with porcelain tiles that look like wood. The building had a BER rating of D but was upgraded to B. “It’s pretty energy efficient,” says Sinead. “We have installed combi boilers that provide hot water at any time of the day at no extra charge. As a result, our energy bills are much lower.”

When it came to redesigning the interior, Sinead tried to keep the old-world feel in the living room with details like sash windows, a wood-burning stove, and a wooden mantel made from reclaimed wood.


The tropical style garden at 32 Clonmacnoise, Crumlin, Dublin 12

At the rear is a converted shed which has been insulated and wired. Conor used it to work from home during lockdown. “It’s like a little oasis,” says Sinead. “When you sit in the garden, you don’t hear anything.”
The tropical themed garden is the work of Conor. “I grow Japanese banana trees called Musa Bajoos. They are very hardy and can therefore be grown in Ireland,” he says. “I also have a fig tree and even grow grapes!”


The staircase and hallway at 32 Clonmacnoise Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

With a growing family, Conor and Sinead now need more space and plan to move back to Cabinteely. “There’s a nice community here in Crumlin,” says Sinead. “There are many restaurants and nice cafes. We are also very close to Eamonn Ceannt Park which has a playground and we take the kids for a walk there almost every day. It was a great house to live in, but now it’s time to return to Cabinteely.” Conversion of an old corporate home into a modern family environment in Crumlin

Fry Electronics Team

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