Dublin renovation on a budget

Alex Cullen and John Kilkenny bought a 100 year old house in Dublin city centre to do it up as cost effectively as they could. The result is to die for. 

“We bought the house when we were young professionals, pre children,” says Alex. “We were renting at the time, in a house share, and wanted to buy something of our own. But the area we lived in at the time was beyond our budget. By chance, we came across a small house that had the potential to tick all of the boxes.”  

Build Overview

House size before: 70sqm
House size after: 90sqm
Atrium size: 15sqm
Bedrooms: 3
House cost: €355K
Project cost: €150k
Value: €600k
Heating and hot water: Gas combi boiler (space heating) with heat pump (hot water)
Ventilation: Natural
BER after: B1
Build method (upper storey extension): Light gauge steel


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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