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NICE TOUCH: A historic dormer window at the Red Stables in St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin, shows how significant and positive a contribution to the architectural quality of a building it can be.

NICE TOUCH: A historic dormer window at the Red Stables in St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin, shows how significant and positive a contribution to the architectural quality of a building it can be.

NICE TOUCH: A historic dormer window at the Red Stables in St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin, shows how significant and positive a contribution to the architectural quality of a building it can be.

Query: Being in lockdown has given us time to think about improvements we can make to our home. We live in a semi-detached house in Dublin and have already extended out the back so the house is just under 1,300sq ft. We are thinking of doing an attic conversion which will involve building higher than the gable wall, raising the roof and putting in dormer windows at the back to create extra space. We are also thinking of putting in dormer windows to the front of the house which will effectively give us an extra floor. There are plenty of attic conversions with dormer windows to the rear in our estate but none to the front. Would I have difficulty getting planning permission to do this and is there anything else I should consider?

Answer: In recent years we have become accustomed to reading about a housing shortage in Ireland together with debates about reasons for the shortage and action that should be taken to mitigate it. Under these circumstances it makes perfect sense for homeowners to look at accommodation they already inhabit and investigate ways in which smart design might be used to expand or improve it in response to their needs and aspirations.


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