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The Skinny House


This completed project was an extension and refurbishment of an existing terraced property located in the heart of Kinsale. The project was complicated by the tightness of the site, issues of overlooking, right of light and its location within an architectural conservation area.

The design seeks to maximise space and floor plate with the narrow terrace width of 3m by placing the stairs to the rear as a separate, distinct element. The stair also functions as a light-well, introducing daylight deep into the existing plan.

The final proposals were informed by a series of daylight and shadow studies to ensure that the proposed extension didn’t have any detrimental impact on the adjoining houses and gardens.

The house, at only 3m wide, makes it one of the narrowest houses we have worked on and that is why we have nicknamed it the “Skinny House”!