Highfield Road


A Sensitive House Renovation and Extension in Rathgar


Highfield Road - Highfield Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6


Crean Salley Architects


Private Client


Construction, Public & Community

A period house in a sought-after residential area was refurbished and extended to create a luxurious, energy-efficient five-bedroom home.

Block and Concrete Frame, Brick External Elevations

This was a major renovation to a large Edwardian house, undertaken at a cost of €3,500,000.00. The extended house rises to three storeys above ground, with a large basement.   The original roof structure was in poor structural condition and was replaced using natural slate. The traditional appearance of the exterior was maintained using brick facing and timber-framed windows. At the rear of the house, two new octagonal brick pavilions contain the kitchen and a children’s play area; the pavilions (which have zinc standing seams) frame a courtyard, which with new stone terracing creates a formal external landscaped area. All floors of the building are served by a four-person lift, and the upper floors are also reached by a new timber staircase with French-polished mahogany handrails.

The re-designed house covers 650 square metres, and features

  • Steam Room
  • Gymnasium
  • Cinema
  • Temperature-controlled wine cellar
  • Study
  • Music Room

Underpinning to Construct Basement

To install a basement extending to 130 square metres under the property, two walls were underpinned to a depth of seven metres, with the remaining sides piled to form a secant concrete wall. A challenge for this project was the temporary work necessary to support the walls and property boundaries during the excavation.

Energy Efficiency

The house uses solar panels and has a rain harvesting system.


Highfield Road

“Gem Construction, under the direction of their Contracts Director, Kevin Fay, undertook an extremely competent and well executed project. It would be difficult to speak highly enough of them. A difficult and complex domestic project was completed on programme, without fuss and to the delight of the clients. “

Gerry Salley
Crean Salley Architects