RIAI Public Choice Award – Leyden Hassett & Associates

Every day this week we are highlighting the best residential nominees for this year's Irish Architect Awards in the RIAI People's Choice Awards. Today we see a stunning transformation from dismal 1970's bungalow to incredible modern dream home for a young family.


Presenting a United Front – Residential Conversion in Sutton

Leyden Hassett & Associates

Leyden Hassett have carried out an unbelievable transformation of a dismal 1970’s bungalow into a modern accessible family home. The brief was to create an energy efficient extended home for a family with a wheel-chair user.

And we have to say they have done a tremendous job.EXTENSION_TO_FRONT_-_PRESENTING_A_UNITED_FRONT_-_LEYDEN_HASSETT__ASSOCIATES

Fortunately we have the pleasure of another Before and After from Leyden Hassett’s website.

From this… Source Leyden Hassett
To this! Really?! Source Leyden Hassett

The existing house required significant modification to make it comfortable both for a young family and a wheelchair user. This presented an opportunity to reverse the existing layout and take advantage the site’s orientation; the living spaces were re-located to the south and west whilst bedrooms and bathrooms were moved to the north and east

Striking architecture combined with ample living space inside and out. Source Leyden Hassett

Floor space was added providing additional accommodation required by the active young family whilst also allowing generous space for comfortable wheelchair use throughout the house.

Beautiful living spaces with fine finishes. Source Leyden Hassett

The ceilings along the southerly portion of the existing house were also raised creating double height spaces in the newly positioned living areas. These spaces are filled with light from south facing roof lights over which also play a vital role in the natural ventilation strategy throughout the summer months.

Double-height, bright and light rooms. Source Leyden Hassett

Technologies and construction methodologies including solar water heating, a condensing boiler, smart heating controls, wood burning stoves with external combustion air feeds, air tight construction and heat recovery ventilation helped achieve a BER rating of B1 which represents a significant improvement on the original F rating.

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Irish Architecture Awards 2014