Views & News from MESH Architects. Architects in Dublin with RIAI Grade 1 Conservation Accreditation.

Friday 14 June 2013

Restoration without the period drama – how to convert a Georgian office block back to a home

Tom McGimsey, principal of Mesh Architects, was featured last week in an Irish Times article about converting period houses back to single family use.  Time journalist Allana Gallagher had noticed a growing trend of such conversions, particular in areas of Dublin 2 and Dublin 4 where many of the larger houses have been in office use for many decades.  Falling real estate prices, and the perception that such buildings are poorly suited to modern office need has drawn interest from buyers interested in living close in to the city centre.

Mesh Architects are currently working on several of these properties, all Protected Structures.  In addition to the wonderful architectural features, such as high ceilings, rich plasterwork and large windows, many of the properties include sizeable rear gardens.  With accommodation spread over three or four floors, finding the right location for the kitchen and other spaces can be a challenge. 

We regularly carry out detailed pre-purchase inspections for prospective purchasers, and give advice on the potential for conversion and repair.  

To view the below Irish Times article click here.

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