Week 2 on site has gone as well as week 1, with the vast majority of all the internal excavation and demolition works being completed. Structural steel beams, angles and new oak lintel have been installed so we can take comfort that the house is secure! All internal partitions in the basement have been removed, the new level has been attained and some additional underpinning has been carried out on one of the internal boundary walls. Upstairs has seen the levelling of the floor in the double bedroom and walk in wardrobe and the demolition of both bathrooms.

New raised and levelled floor level in the first floor double bedroom and walk in wardrobe
Original partition wall between en suite and main first floor bathroom
En suite bathroom stripped out leaving us room to design a new walk in double shower.
New level into the double bedroom
A scary look into the excated basement. New steel beam and column have been installed to support the house.
Underpinning of the fireplace in the basement kitchen was needed.
Scenic view from the back!

Week 1 in the development of Ranelagh Residence has already shown a massive change since last week. Redbrick construction have shown themselves to be very efficient workers. From outside the front of the house, it seems like a standard renovation could be taking place, but once you venture inside, it is quite another story! So far in the rear garden, the cantilevered extension, basement glass porch, concrete support walls and a lot of the garden have all been removed. Internally, the basement has begun to be excavated. Structural internal walls have been underpinned, the floor slab has been broken up and the sanitary ware has all been removed. Pits have been dug throughout the floor exposing the high water level, which is due to be drained this week, and mounds of earth are piled high throughout the space. See photos below to see the construction site:

Welcome to our office!
The first floor bedrooms have been knocked into one. The floorboards have been removed to prepare for the floor to be levelled.
The view from the hall out to the back garden. The door and window have been removed to allow for the new archway.
The basement bedroom with newly underpinned walls and excavated floor.
On the path to a beautifully landscaped garden!
Rear elevation with demolished extension and glass porch
View from basement hallway into the kitchen



Ranelagh Residence is a job that Susanna and I, at Kingston Lafferty Design have been working on since September 2010, when we first carried out an architectural survey on it. At the time we were both studying for our Masters in London and were yet to set up the company officially. When we returned to Dublin, we were subsequently taken on board to undergo a complete development of the site. It is a job that has captured our attention, consumed a lot of time and required our blood, sweat and tears at times! It has been the best learning experience that we have had to date and so far has involved completing a full planning application, a full tender package and finally a full construction drawing package.

Ranelagh Residence is a beautiful, protected, 19thCentury, Georgian, Townhouse located on a quiet square in South Dublin. Both the property and the rear garden have fallen into a deteriorated state. Proposed works include the complete renovation of the interior, the reconfiguration of the first floor layout, the excavation of the basement floor to increase head height, the demolition of an existing mezzanine bathroom and porch to the rear, the significant excavation of the existing garden, the construction of a double height solid timber conservatory at basement level and the full landscaping of the rear garden.
Now, after completing the long process to get to construction phase, we are ready to begin on site tomorrow with the help of our newly appointed contractors Redbrick construction. This is an exciting day for everyone involved. The project is due to take 25 weeks with a completion date of the 16th of August, all going well! Hopefully there will not be too many nasty surprises along the way. We are going to be documenting the progress each week on the blog so that you can watch the transformation unfold. See below for some of the before pictures…. 
The Front door
The view from the entrance hall
The view into the office from the entrance hall
The office
The existing cantilevered bathroom that is being demolished
View to existing cantilevered bathroom from first floor
A view into the what will be the new double bedroom with walk in wardrobe.
First floor bedroom with sloping floor. Floor to be raised to make it level. Partition wall to be demolished to form larger double bedroom.
Hot water cylinders to be removed. Space to be turned into a bespoke walk in wardrobe.
View from rear garden door up to front door.
Rear door to garden that is to be demolished. This will become an archway leading to a cast iron spiral staircase into the double height conservatory.
Steps down to basement from rear door
View from basement up to rear door. Basement level to be reduced to provide more head height. 2x new steps to be added to staircase.
Under basement stair storage. Stone walls to be underpinned during excavation. Hole was dug to determine water level.
Basement bedroom/gym. Walls were covered with plasterboard which has now been removed.
View of kitchen. Timber panels used to cover the walls. Since being removed, the plaster has been revealed to be damp and deteriorating. The kitchen is to be completely transformed.
View 2 of the kitchen. Wall is to be re-built as it is in a poor state.
View out to garden from existing glass porch. Glass porch and existing garden to be demolished. This will become the entrance into the new extension.
The lowest part of the garden. This is the only area at basement level. All to be excavated.
Rear view of house. Existing extension and glass porch to be demolished. Garden to be excavated. New extension to run across full width of property.
View from back of garden