Bigger, better, brighter: four great extensions in Dublin

Space, light and storage are some of the benefits the owners of these four houses reaped when they added rooms to the back of the houses, linked into gardens and made the ground floors more open-plan


Built in 1999, 57a South Hill sits on a corner site, in the garden of a house on this popular Dartry estate.

The original South Hill builder was clearly generous with his gardens because 57a is on a large site.

It’s a good-sized modern house with a 24m wide by 17m long garden and off-street parking to the front for a couple of cars. It is for sale through DNG for €895,000.

The detached house is in walk-in condition which could prove attractive to families with young children who have been renting for some years and want a seamless transition from their rental to their new house. This area has seen strong activity from such buyers.

The owners of the house extended at the back and it has made a significant difference to the way the family use the space.

Originally, the ground floor layout consisted of a good sized front living room and two large rooms at the rear: a dining room and kitchen.

They knocked the kitchen and dining room together and built on a glazed sun room. All of these rooms open onto a timber deck.

The open-plan space is a very bright, family-friendly area with room for substantial sofa, large dining table and a smart looking, recently installed, contemporary fitted kitchen with a granite-topped breakfast bar.

In their extension and decoration, the owners have put an emphasis on light and storage to suit family life.

Upstairs, off a bright landing, there are four double bedrooms, two with en suites.

The family bathroom looks to have been recently updated with its attractive green mosaic tiling, recessed lighting and a Velux.

The attic has been converted and is currently used as a home office.

The house was built in a traditional style and has an attractive Virginia Creeper growing on it which make it look established.

The house also has mature gardens to the front and back and there is a useful side entrance.

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