14 Rutland Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin 12, €345,000
In the midst of such a severe housing crisis that President Michael D. Higgins recently called a “disaster” and “our great, great failure,” it’s hard to resist looking back to see how previous administrations have dealt with chronic housing shortages by the way.
Here is an example. In the 1930s, the Dublin Corporation foreclosed on vast tracts of land on the outskirts of the city and built thousands of houses to clear the inner city slums.
Rutland Avenue in Crumlin was part of this extensive public housing project. For the original residents, the row houses along Rutland Avenue must have been an idyllic alternative to the crowded tenements from which they came. But how do you bring a modest two-unit, two-unit mid-terrace home into a new age and adapt it to the 21st-century lifestyle?
Ten years ago, the owners of 14 Rutland Avenue hired architect Eamon Peregrine to do just that. He extended the house into the rear garden to create an exposed timber frame kitchen/dining/living area with a hidden utility room and glazed doors leading to a covered alfresco dining area. The roof is pitched and angled to maximize light, while the interior makes the most of every inch of space in the now 882-square-foot home. In 2013, it was recognized as “Best Housing Extension of the Year” by the RIAI Architecture Awards.
In addition to the annex, there is a separate living room and bedroom on the ground floor. Upstairs are two bedrooms (one with the original cast iron fireplace) and a family bathroom. The south-west facing rear garden features a courtyard, vegetable tubs, lawn, patio, rec room and storage shed. No14 Rutland Avenue is on the market for €345,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Sundrive (01) 492 2444.
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