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Mid-terraced Crumlin home comes with best housing extension accolade

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Looking into the garden from the extension at 14 Rutland Avenue

Looking into the garden from the extension at 14 Rutland Avenue

The exterior of the house at 14 Rutland Avenue, Crumlin

The exterior of the house at 14 Rutland Avenue, Crumlin

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Looking into the garden from the extension at 14 Rutland Avenue

14 Rutland Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin 12, €345k

In the middle of a housing crisis so severe it was recently described by President Michael D Higgins as a “disaster” and “our great, great failure,” it’s hard to resist looking back to see how previous governments dealt with chronic housing shortages of the past.

Here’s an example. In the 1930s, Dublin Corporation acquired vast tracts of land by compulsory purchase order on the outskirts of the city and built thousands of houses to clear the inner city slums.

Rutland Avenue in Crumlin was part of this expansive social housing project. For the original residents, the terraced houses lining Rutland Avenue must have been an idyllic alternative to the overcrowded tenements they’d come from. But how do you bring a humble two-up/two-down mid-terrace house into a new age and adapt it for a 21st century lifestyle?

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The exterior of the house at 14 Rutland Avenue, Crumlin

The exterior of the house at 14 Rutland Avenue, Crumlin

The exterior of the house at 14 Rutland Avenue, Crumlin

Ten years ago, the owners of No14 Rutland Avenue engaged architect Eamon Peregrine to do just that. He extended the house into the back garden to create an exposed timber frame kitchen/dining/living area with a hidden utility room and glazed doors leading out to a covered al fresco dining zone. The roof is sloped and angled to maximise light, while the interior makes the most of every inch of space in what is now an 882 sq ft home. In 2013, the RIAI Architecture Awards named this the “Best Housing Extension of the Year.”

As well as the extension, there’s a separate living room and a bedroom on the ground floor. Upstairs are two bedrooms (one with original cast-iron fireplace) and a family bathroom. The south-west facing back garden has a courtyard, vegetable planters, lawned area, deck, hobby room and storage shed. No14 Rutland Avenue is on the market for €345,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Sundrive (01) 492 2444.

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