CKA R C H I T E C T U R E
D e s i g n - P l a n n i n g - S u r v e y - M a n a g e m e n t
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CK Architecture was contacted by the owner of a small mid-terrace dwelling in Inchicore, Dublin 8. The house was rented and the owner was looking forward to have the dwelling refurbished and extended for her own use. The site had an area of approximately 112 square metres. The house was originally built on 2-storeys during the 1950s to 1960s with a total gross floor area of approximately 64 square metres. It was a typical two bedrooms dwelling built by the council. The house was never extended. It was in need of a refurbishment internally. External insulation and new windows / doors were provided two to three years before the project start. Asbestos roof tiles were noted during CK Architecture initial survey of the property. The owner was interested with two bedrooms and two ensuites to be created at first floor. At ground floor she was looking to extend the dwelling to rear and to re-configure the internal layout in order to provide a bathroom, a dining / kitchen area and a lounge. Landscaping of the rear open space was also included in the brief.
A 13 square metres ground floor extension was proposed to rear. The extension roof was designed to maximise natural light penetration in the proposed dining / kitchen area, without conflicting with the first floor windows. A corridor was created to the stairs side for rear access to the rear of the dwelling. The client preferred this option rather than a staircase opened on the lounge area. The bathroom is accessible from the corridor. At first floor the bathroom was removed and two ensuites were created. A roof window was installed to provide natural light in the landing area. One of the ensuite benefits from the bathroom window. the other ensuite is lightened with a roof window. The stairs were originally enclosed within a wall. In order to provide natural light in the ground floor corridor, the wall was removed and a bespoke banister created. The roof was fully re-tiled. Original asbestos tiles were removed and disposed by an asbestos licensed contractor. The walls and ceilings were re-plastered and skimmed. All internal doors were replaced as well as skirting boards, architraves and floor finishing.
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Construction works started in September 2018. CK Architecture prepared all the design for compliance with building regulations and planning exemption. We were appointed to organise the tender and to assist with the selection of the contract for the works. CK Architecture was also appointed to inspect the construction works and to confirm compliance at different stages. CK Architecture was appointed as the PSDP for the project, while the contractor was appointed as the PSCS in compliance with the "Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013". The property was fully re-wired and a new fire alarm installed in compliance with I.S. 3218: 2013. A new gas combi boiler was provided, so that the existing hot water immersion tank could be removed without replacement. All radiators were replaced. The contractor was unable to complete the works for the Christmas period as originally anticipated. Delays were caused by the licensed asbestos contractor who was unable to attend the site for a period of 2 week when the scaffolding was already in place. Construction works were completed in February 2019.