Stylish redesign of two-bed redbrick

Architect-designed, terraced house with two bedrooms for €360,000

Thu, Jul 24, 2014, 01:00

This property is nestled in the middle of the Tech Quarter on popular Gordon Street, minutes from Grand Canal Dock Dart station, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Google headquarters.

A modest redbrick terraced house from the outside, its blue front door hides quite a surprise. Inside, with only 53sq m (570sq ft) of floor space to play with, every inch has been maximised.

Refurbished in 2007 by the boutique practice Architecture Republic, every avenue of light and space has been exploited in this small, two-bed home; with glass, mirrored walls and white paint used to great effect.

Downstairs, from the front door to the back wall, is one large open space. The spacious white carrera marble kitchen seems surprisingly big. There is a large dining table and every mod-con imaginable – an integrated sound system, underfloor heating and dimmed spot-lighting.

Cleverly framed by white storage cabinets (which also convert into a makeshift seating area) is the sittingroom space. Half of the ceiling is made of glass, as is the entire back wall, making it bright and incredibly cost-efficient to heat. The back yard is a mere 4 sq m (43sq ft) – just big enough to swing open the doors and let in some air.

Stripped redbrick walls and living room floors contrast with the stark white features of the interior, making it quite an “industrial” space and yet surprisingly comfortable and homely.

Upstairs are two double bedrooms and a large, gleaming, white bathroom as well as shelved and floored attic space. The consistency of style throughout the house – white features, mirrored walls and an abundance of natural light – makes the entire effect streamlined and spacious.