108 Townsend Street, Dublin 2
Minutes from the city centre in one direction and from Grand Canal Dock in the other, number 108 Townsend Street couldn’t be closer to town. At one end of a terrace of five redbrick townhouses built in 1916, there is a Dublin Bike station across the road and a sense of the city’s life wherever you turn.
The 689sq ft property which was acquired by FH Contractors in 2016 was purchased for €235,000. The property sitting at the end of terrace marries classic and contemporary styles with a rare and surprising elegance.
FH Contractors designed this outstanding property to appeal to young, professional couples and families who know what they want: a superb location, unique style features and outstanding quality of finish. We believe this fabulous new conversion really hits the mark.
The property required the complete stripping, renovation and extension of a 1920s brick end terrace, with the aim of creating a truly exceptional two-bedroom property that fully conforms to all current and applicable building regulations and standards. The heating system urgently required upgrading in order to be as efficient as possible.
We enlisted the creative direction of Nigel Howard design in order to get the maximum potential out of this property. It is not always easy to design within confined spaces when you have to make a house and a home and all that this entails.
At 108 Townsend Street, Howard had to be extra creative and make use of every square inch. The team at Nigel Howard Creative approached the project by firstly analysing the space in minute detail before deciding on finishes, colours etc. If the space doesn’t work that no amount of fluff will remedy the space allocation mistakes. Howard recommends to “plan on paper before paper on walls!
Wood floors were fitted across the entire lower half of the house creating a flow throughout the lower ground floor. Our joinery team completed new studwork for all the walls and ceilings. A new, open plan kitchen and dining room were fitted, wiring was completed and new lighting was installed. A space for a study was created at the front of the building.
This extra room could alternatively be utilised as a guest room. But more importantly the extra room added value. By doing this we lost the front window light but countered this by adding a roof light to the kitchen giving a bright airy space. The light helps take the focus from the size of the space.
Upstairs we increased the size of the bathroom and still managed to keep two bedrooms. The bedroom finishes are plain white and grey carpet. Again, this gives the illusion of more space. The starkness is softened with accent colours. The beauty of this approach is that you can easily change the look and feel of the space by just changing the accents.
Where possible we exposed the original brick finish. The texture and colour add a contrasting finish to the smooth light tones. It is also an acknowledgement of the history of the house and its street scape of red brick. The pale mint green is fresh and clean cut. Green is also the primary colour in nature, it is calming and invigorating all at once. The mint and the brick colours are all that is needed to enhance the living spaces within this house.
The floors have been boarded with pale bleached oak, while a beautifully preserved ornamental fireplace of washed brick decorates the seating area. The furniture selection is neat in side and muted in tone. Again, to maximize the illusion of space. When designing spaces like this always remember less is more and colours need to be kept to a minimum with just accents in key feature areas. This house was a building site, transformed into a modern city home.
Outside, at the rear of the property, a small, private patio is neatly covered in new, wooden decking that can be used for garden furniture, or simply as a comfortable space for relaxation.
108 Townsend Street was completed on time and within budget and sold in the market in late 2017 at €395,000.