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Richard O'Neill of Drumlargan Construction discusses extension project in Churchtown

Story Highlights
  • "It was so unusual."
  • "It is a very large space.”
  • "The project ran well."

Drumlargan Construction’s portfolio includes many types of residential and commercial properties.

This company works with some of Ireland’s most respected Architects. Whether it’s a simple conversion, the addition of a new storey or a larger residential development, Drumlargan Construction are confident they can add value to any construction project.

Here, Richard O’Neill discusses a recent project in Churchtown, Dublin 14 where he worked alongside Declan Scullion of Scullion Architects. The project was a 1930’s inspired semi-circular glass extension to the rear of the property with the project brief being to reposition the kitchen in a manner that reflected its centrality to family life and was supportive of the original house.

“It’s a very unusual design for the back of a house. There is circular steel that had to be manufactured after being designed by the Engineer. This project saw the Architect, Engineer and ourselves work well together as a team along with the clients

The project ran well apart from COVID. We began working on this project before Christmas 2019 and the clients were in their house for Christmas 2020. It was a nine month project that took 12 months enthused Mr O’Neill.

“Our clients work in the construction industry so working with them and with their strong knowledge of the construction sector made it easier when it came down to discussions re changes in design etc,” he imparted.

Scullion Architects is a Dublin based Architectural Practice established by Declan Scullion MRIAI providing architectural services for both the public and private sector. Mr Scullion studied at Queen’s University Belfast and the Mackintosh in Glasgow and has worked in practice in Dublin and London for David Chipperfield, McCullough Mulvin Architects and Bennetts Associates before establishing Scullion in 2016.

Scullion Architects work is characterised by a particular attention to user experience supported by an interest in things well-made. Their ambition is to provide a dedicated and professional service delivering exceptional buildings.

Scullion Architects are RIAI accredited Grade III Conservation Architects and are an RIAI Registered Practice. In re-planning this fabulous home, the kitchen is now at the heart of the family life whilst the original house is renewed and given space to breathe and be valued.

As to Mr O’Neill’s overall thoughts on the project?

“My initial thoughts on the extension when we put the steel up was that I didn’t know how it would look in the space because it was so unusual but it really complimented the original house and the clients were very happy.

“It looks completely different from the outside to the inside. Inside, it is a very large space with double height ceilings which you don’t really get with extension projects in Dublin because space is a premium,” concluded Richard O’Neill.



Declan Scullion,
Scullion Architects,
01-557 5212

Richard & David O’Neill, Drumlargan Construction
Richard: 087-2905394
David: 087-9872275

Words: Emer KellyImages: Drumlargan Construction

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