Revitalised Edwardian for €795,000

Renovated three-bedroom family home in Harold’s Cross

When the Raftery family purchased 6 Casimir Road in 2010 for €640,000, "it was old, tired and cold", according to Hugh Raftery.

The family engaged architect Joe McCauley to oversee the renovations – which involved converting the attic and changing the layout of the original property – making the house a more suitable space for 21st-century living.

The end of an Edwardian terrace, standing at 170sq m, it is now spread over three floors, and the aspect in conjunction with roof windows means the house is filled with light.

“One of the first things we did was completely insulate the property – both under the floors and in the walls,” says Hugh. The property is now toasty and draught-free – and the deep walls in the kitchen are testament to the amount of insulation used.


Next up was the conversion of the attic to a high-ceilinged dormer room with separate bathroom, and it’s bathed in light thanks to four Velux windows on the slope of the roof.

Attention to detail such as gentle staircase risers, and matching the new spindles and newel posts to the originals, give a seamless result and a sense that the staircase was always there.

On the ground floor, the kitchen, which lies to the rear of the formal reception rooms, was originally a scullery and small dining area. Thanks to the removal of a fireplace and partition wall, it has been transformed into a bright space – and each of the four windows overlook the garden. The simplicity of the décor is in keeping with the rest of the property – unfussy, allowing the period details to shine through.

The house has three bedrooms, and the dormer room in the attic is currently used as a fourth.

The removal of a box bedroom on the first floor made room for a spacious hot press, and a dressingroom for the master bedroom – which is cleverly hidden behind a mirror leaving the master with simple clean lines.

Lying at the end of the terrace, the property has wraparound gardens, which have been planted with Delphinium, Camellia and walls of Virginia creeper. A side entrance from Sion Hill Avenue gives direct access to the garden and kitchen – perfect for bringing in the shopping and muddied children.

Number 6, Casimir Road, is in turnkey condition and would make a fine family home. The Rafterys are staying in the area and have placed their light-filled home on the market through DNG with an asking price of €795,000.