The design and form of this single storey extension accomodating two bedrooms, walk in wardrobe, bathroom and link corridor to the existing 1940’s house, was in response to the clients design brief, site and planning constraints. An initial design (by others) was refused planning permission in 2018. Kane Architects, in discussion with Cork City Planning Department, proposed a building footprint that was as close / tight to the existing house and site boundary as possible, this resulted in the diamond shaped plan with a complex folded zinc roof. The design maximised solar gain to south and linked the extension to the existing house with a large polished concrete patio area. The sand and cement render has a paint finish but applied (by clients’ father – painting contractor) over a number coats to give a high quality finish. The former gable wall to the existing house was left exposed internally which results in interesting texture and finish to access corridor. The internal floor areas have a polished concrete to match the existing house. Much of the internal finsihes and fixings were choosen by the clients who both share a keen eye for good design. Much credit should go to the clients and the main contractor Toorak Construction Ltd. for this successful project which was on site during much of the pandemic in 2020.

Project Type: Residential Extension

Client: Michael Cremin & Justine Looney

Project Architect: Kane Architects Ltd.

Structural / Civil Engineer / PSDP: JKA & Associates Consulting Engineers.

Quantity Surveyors: James P. McGrath & Associates.

Main Contractor: Toorak Construction Ltd.

Location: 30 Fr. Dominic Road, Ballyphehane, Cork, T12 W6D7.

Project Status: Completed 2021.