House at Foxrock - Dublin 18
category: residential

Remodelling of Dormer Bungalow
Reconstruction into 2-Storey House
Retention of Original Character
295 sq. Metres

project details
House at Foxrock
Dublin 18


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The main requirement of the brief was to extend an existing dormer bungalow, purchased in 2003, and adapt it into a 2-storey dwelling-house without losing the inherent character of the house which had attracted our clients to it in the first place. Located a short distance from Foxrock village, the original house had an obvious appeal with the charm of its ‘old-world’ appearance enhanced by its setting amidst mature gardens, sheltered by trees and hedges. The only draw-back was the size of the house, in particular the small bedrooms which were located within the roof-lit, attic space with low, sloping ceilings and no windows.

The design for the remodelled house, whilst retaining the majority of its external & internal walls, replaced a previous kitchen extension at its western end with a 2-storey extension providing an enlarged kitchen, breakfast room, drawing room & entrance hall with three bedrooms overhead.  A new, slightly steeper pitched roof was designed for over the remainder of the house, tying-in with roof over the new 2-storey section and including dormer windows to the other three bedrooms.

The original appearance and character of the house is maintained with the new extension through the use of sympathetic materials & sensitive design. The new addition is faced externally in matching stone and brickwork up to first floor level, with the walls above finished in a dashed-render to match the finish used on the gables of the original house. The style of the original windows & timberwork is repeated on the extended parts of the house, with the intention being that these areas would not be distinguishable in their appearance from the original house.


Projects featured have been carried out by David Jordan Architects or by David Jordan, acting in a principle role, with his former practice Campbell Conroy Hickey Partnership