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Mariners Mews

MARINER’S MEWS

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Summary

The works consisted of the demolition of an existing two storey commercial building and construction of a new, contemporary 2 storey house (circa 112m2) on a compact mews site, in an architectural conservation area, in Dún Laoighre, Co. Dublin. 

key issues

  • Significant demolition and site set up works in an extremely restricted mews site, requiring a detailed condition survey of all properties and laneways proximate to the works.

  • Restricted access to site requiring detailed traffic management plans and careful coordination of all deliveries and structural steelwork.

  • Bespoke joinery throughout, including feature oak elliptical staircase with cantilevered threads, individually steam-bent to form balustrades.

  • The design integrates traditional elements like the granite garden walls with modern timber-frame construction to deliver an A-rated home.

  • Burnt-larch cladding to first floor level, a process called Shou Sugi Ban, which is an environmentally friendly way to preserve timber and make it fire resistant. Chemical preservatives, paints and retardants are therefore unnecessary.

  • Ground floor polished concrete slab, incorporating ball bearings and smashed coloured glass in the concrete mix.

Architect: John McLaughlin
Status: Complete: October 2017

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Photos by Ros Kavanagh