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Refurbishment of existing dwelling at Henry Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

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We’re delighted that one of our projects features as the cover home in Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living April issue – it’s a refurbishment of an existing waterfront house on Henry Street in Enniskillen.  The photos here give an idea of the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of our work, but with fourteen full colour pages including stockists and suppliers, why not have a look at the magazine – on sale now!

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – before

 

 

Refubishment Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street, Enniskillen – after

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – living area before

 

 

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – new living area

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment at Henry Street – dining area before

 

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – dining area

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – kitchen before

 

 

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – Kitchen

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – bathroom before

 

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – cloaks

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – bedroom before

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – bedroom

 

 

Henry Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – lower area

 

 

 

Herny Street

Refurbishment of Henry Street – Living area to lower level

Refurbishment of existing dwelling, Henry Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

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Timber boarding

Timber boarding

Following consideration of innumerable sample colours the timber boarding has been painted with a light grey breathable Colortrend Woodcare Solid Colour Woodstain. The timber shutters have been painted to match the Munster Joinery Aluclad timber and aluminium, triple glazed windows. The old railing at the rear has been removed and the gap between the concrete slab walkway around the building and the DOE fence has been filled with Saige Longlife recycled decking to significantly increase the usable space. The walkway has been waterproofed and a granular surface has been applied.

 

 

At the rear the old railing has been removed and by fixing the new railing to the outside face of the concrete slab an extra 8” has been added to the useful width of the deck. The glass panels have yet to be fitted.

Upper level balcony

Upper level balcony

 

 

The 50mm screed has been laid on 150mm of rigid insulation and the first coat of emulsion paint has been applied to all walls and ceilings

Upper level internal

Upper level internal

 

Refurbishment of existing dwelling, Henry Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

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Lower level

Lower level

Lower level

Lower level

The plaster to the lower level was tested and any boast plaster removed and a scratch coat was applied to the remaining sound render in preparation for a “stone” tile to give a visually heavier base to the upper level which is to have a pale grey paint finish to the existing boarding.

 

 

The three bedrooms, ensuite, bathroom, hot press and “chill area” were formed from lightweight block work and plastered. A new timber and stainless steel and glass stairs will come down in the centre of the “chill area”.

Internal lower level

Internal lower level

 

 

 

 

 

Upper level living area

Upper level living area

 

The upper level stud work, plastered and skimmed and is almost ready for the insulation and screed. The two way gas fire has been installed and negotiations are underway with the gas companies to find a suitable supplier for the gas which will fuel the heating, cooking and stove.

Internal upper level with gas fireplace

Internal upper level with gas fireplace

Refurbishment of existing dwelling, Henry Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

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Henry Street Upper Level

Upper level

On the upper level all the stud walls are stripped away and the entire frame has been strengthened with an internal skin of timber boarding. The chimney breast is being constructed and the two way gas fire installed.

New stud work walls have been erected on the concrete slabs.

view of roof from bridge

view of roof from bridge

The existing manmade slates have been stripped, the chimney has been removed and plywood has been fitted to the entire roof.

The  new aluminium fascias soffits and barges and the steel coated roof have been fitted and after a long delay in the supply chain the aluminium sheeting was fitted.

street view

street view

In order to reduce the noise levels a sound absorbing plasterboard was used on the inside of the elevation facing the road and in addition two of the larger windows where closed up. However, in order that the elevation to the road would not become too bland it was decided to make a feature of the closing of the windows as well as taking the opportunity to add additional sound insulation.  Timber slatted shutters, running at 90 degrees to the main boarding, were constructed and will be painted dark grey to match the windows.

Shutters

Timber slatted shutters

Refurbishment of existing dwelling Henry Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

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The building was stripped back to its original 1974 timber frame which exposed the need for some bracing of the external walls.

The entire external wall is to be lined with plywood and reinsulated plasterboard is also to go on top of this.

Upper level stripped back

Upper level stripped back

Wall bracing and stud partitions

Wall bracing and stud partitions

The entire lower level was opened for development and is to accommodate 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.  Two of the bedrooms are to include ensuite shower rooms and dressing rooms.  The central area at the base of the stairs is to act as a “chill” area.  The chill area and the bedrooms are all to lead out onto the water’s edge.

Lower level stud work and stairwell

Lower level stud work and stairwell

 

Lower level

Lower level

The upper level is to feature an open plan kitchen, dining, living and study area with the master bedroom at the northern end and a utility at the southern gable.

The existing railings are badly rusted and are to be replaced with stainless steel and glass.  The walkway which forms a roof over the lower level is to be waterproofed and given a non slip coating.   It is hoped to fix the new railings on the outside of the concrete slab to maximise the area.

Existing External railing

Existing External railing

 

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Refurbishment of existing dwelling, Henry Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

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Henry Street Exterior

Henry Street Exterior

Exterior - Lake view

Exterior – Lake view

View from West Bridge

View from West Bridge

We were engaged to refurbish a 1970’s timber frame building set on a blockwork base on a piled foundation, in the centre of Enniskillen.  The site came with its own private jetty and a water frontage to die for.  The upper level has the dreaded “beauty board” throughout and the biggest room in the house was just 3.5m x 4.3m (11’6” x 14’).  The entire lower level of 143 sq.m (1540 sq. ft.) is vacant with the exception of a single oil tank.  Apparently the lower level had been built with the hope of running a café to serve the passing traffic on the lake but commercial parking became a stumbling block.

 

Kitchen

Kitchen

Living room

Living room

Dining room

Dining room

 

The timber frame and roof structure has to be strengthened, a pumping station installed to allow full development of the lower level and some major damp proofing of the existing balcony will be required to prevent ingress of water at the lower level.  For the aesthetics of this “scout hut” the entire external fabric will have to be upgraded.  Our Client has requested a contemporary look to match his internal furnishings and fittings.  A metal deck roof is planned along with a painted treatment to the timber boarding on the upper level and a stone finish to the lower level.  The rusting steel railings are to be replaced with glass and stainless steel and the entire building is to be upgraded in terms of insulation, air tightness and heating/ventilation.

 

Central corridor

Central corridor

 

Bedroom

Bedroom

 

Our Client has asked that the overall design would reflect the buildings location on the water’s edge.

about Allan Curran Architects

We live and work in an area with its own unique character and history, and our practice strives to create buildings that reflect a regional identity by respecting both our traditional past and our forward- looking present. We are committed to providing a quality service in terms of our design and our administration, and guarantee that our work is tailored to suit the needs of each individual client.