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CK Architecture was contacted by a family owner of a semi-detached 2-storey 3 bedrooms dwelling built during the 1990s as part of a large, low density, residential development, in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The clients had requirements similar to many other projects. They were willing to extend without planning permission. The house ground floor was not offering suitable space for reception and enjoyment of the dwelling. The rear garden had a gross area of approximately 87 square metres. The site has a gross area of approximately 218 square metres. The rear garden is orientated South providing a perfect setting to extend at rear. A semi-private waster water drainage pipe to the rear restricted the size of the extension. The clients were looking for an open plan kitchen / dining / sitting areas. They were also willing to preserve an existing living room at front, independent from the new open plan to be provided at rear.
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Construction works started in September 2016. The works included for the demolition of an existing single storey structure at rear. CK Architecture prepared all the design for compliance with building regulations and planning exemption. We were appointed to inspect the construction works and confirm compliance at different stages. CK Architecture was also 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". Small delays occurred due to the contractor being unaware that the roof insulation fixings were to be imported from the UK. The roof insulation is located above the rafters in order to unable recessed lighting without damages to the insulation layer, preserving the thermal integrity of the extension. the walls were built with a fully filled cavity. Construction works were completed in December 2016.