€1.7m east coast cooler - a 1930s California style home in Dalkey
Published 25/03/2016 | 02:30
Since time began, builders have dipped into history's varied construction catalogue to imitate the preferred housing styles of the past - sometimes stealing a handful of ideas, sometimes faithfully replicating brick for brick.
With their pillars and proportions, the Georgians looted elements of ancient Greek and Roman construction.
The Victorians rummaged the medieval era to gather gurning gargoyles and pointed arches for their Neo Gothic foray.
High-living Edwardians gorged on the characteristics of Tudor abodes, lifting crossed-beam gables and diamond leaded windows for early 20th century garden city homes.
We Irish have copied them all - most typically borrowing from the Georgian and Edwardian palettes. Few, however, have reached back to the 1930s for inspiration to build a grand residence influenced by modern international style.
Use of flat roofs, bleach white walls, clean lines, glass bricks and liner-style rails kicked off in the 1930s, inspired by advances in manufacturing and materials, but also by the svelte lines and marine interiors of the great luxury ocean liners of the day.
Our most famous example of a home in the international marine style is Geragh in Sandycove, built in 1937 by Michael Scott. Its completion first caused a good deal of consternation and soon after, a great deal of imitation.
But it was somewhat by accident that Maple Lodge, a three storey 1930s international marine-influenced home, ended up being completed on Dublin's Killiney Hill Road in 2001.
The couple who own it came together Brady Bunch style with children from previous relationships and needed to accommodate two adults and seven children. They acquired a 1940s built home on the road but it turned out to have some serious subsidence.
There was little they could do to repair it and instead opted to demolish and replace it.
Requiring a modern home with plenty of space and light, they roped in architect Paul Duignan (DDA Architects) who suggested taking their cue from a set of original international marine style homes nearby.
Duignan says: "I was lucky to have clients who knew exactly what they wanted. We had to be reasonably certain of obtaining planning and these homes three doors away provided a link to something which was already in evidence on the road.
"My clients were extremely design aware and they had photos of 1930s American west coast homes, books with pictures and their own photos to show me exactly what they wanted.
"While Maple Lodge is very much influenced by that 1930s style, it's also a completely contemporary home. The clients wanted lots of double-height spaces - the hall and two reception rooms - which you don't see in older homes. It has a concrete roof which allows outdoor use of that whole space."
The 1930s styling is most evident inside with the bar frame windows, slat-paneled front door, and the panel glazed internal dividing doors. The master bedroom, with its ensuite bathroom and sole access to the roof terrace area, occupies all of the second floor space.
The family have used the roof for sunbathing, watching city centre firework displays, entertaining, sea and star gazing. Four times the size of an average home, Maple Lodge has six bedrooms, underfloor heating and hardwood floors. Two more bedrooms have ensuites.
The entrance hall is tiled, the living room has a stylish recessed fire, the kitchen/dining room some smart bespoke Bulthaup units, there's a games room, an office, a drawing room, a dining room and the landscaped garden is three tiered with a designer walled 'outdoor room' and an open patio with an awning.
Killiney Hill Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin
Asking price: €1.695m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2751000