It’s a new year and a new construction site for KLD. We are back in the office with a bang! 

Kilmainham residence is a project that we have been working on for a while now. It is a small but exciting renovation of a residential property with an extension.

The brief was to update the ground floor kitchen, living room and dining, extend the space at the rear of the property and make it more contemporary looking.

Our client, a young couple, were open to some quirky choices of interior finishes so we are very excitedly awaiting the final result. We aimed to create the illusion of a larger space with the clever use of mirrors, glass and seamless joinery. The kitchen island will be the focal point sitting subtly in a kitchen space and acting as a continuation of the flooring.

Due to a lack of storage and space throughout the house, we have designed a full height seamless joinery units on a ground floor, added a hidden under stair storage and extra joinery in the master bedroom.  Every zone in this house has been designed to work effectively and efficiently, serving its purpose.


The site signs are up, except ours, which is to come up next week when we are back on site to check out on the progress.



Demolition works are swiftly underway. If you look closely you can see the back of the garden through the front door of the house.

Front facade


The access to the rear garden was not easy and to bring in this yellow beauty was quite a challenge but the excavation work is now in progress.

Site progress


This is what is left out of the original house, not so cosy at the moment!

View into the living room


The fireplace is the only reminder that this was once a livable place and not a construction site.

The old existing fireplace


Ceiling joists uncovered


Becky looking out of the window thinking what the future holds for us. We are aiming for a smooth progress on site and no nasty surprises.

Becky, full of thoughts


We will be updating you on a further progress over the coming weeks!

safety | free from harm?…The complete project


This project began as a large group project for our Process module. Initially a group of 10 of us were put together and assigned two different, juxtaposing locations in London. The aim being to observe, record and assess each area, finding ways to link them together and come up with concepts from them which we could further develop into a project. The two locations we researched were Tolworth roundabout and Chessington world of adventures. After all the initial research stage of the project we came up with some initial concepts which we went on to develop. They included safety, escape, entrapment and general well-being. The project went through some experimental stages and divided into smaller groups as different concepts and ideas came together. I formed a group with Susanna Kingston and we focused on the questioning of the term safety. The idea that what some people consider to be safety can seem to others seem a form of entrapment. We wanted to create an experimental, sensory piece of work that involved the participation and interaction of other people to succeed. For our exhibition we created an elastic cage and placed it in the very public location of the university canteen, a place that is so busy at certain times of day that it would hopefully force people to sit inside it. We wanted to determine peoples perception of this space/object, whether it would be positive or negative and whether the people who sat inside it experienced a feeling of safety or entrapment. The results were surprising in that we expected a lot of negativity but instead got mostly curiosity and positivity. People sat inside it and experimented with it at busy times but also at very quiet times when they would have been able to sit anywhere else. The project was extremely informative regarding peoples behaviour and reactions. By secretly video documenting the cage we were able to observe the behaviours and reactions of people in a truthful way.