Project Types we offer at small spaces

I set up small spaces to provide a specialised service for people who need to increase or improve the space they live in. To date, I have helped homeowners and home-buyers to add space in the form of extensions, to unlock space by making key alterations, to free up space by utilising clever custom-designed storage, to improve space by solving problems like poor insulation and daylight, and to renovate space in a way that preserves and highlights its original character.

In reality, many projects involve more than one (and sometimes all) of these aspects. Because I focus solely on domestic projects, I have developed the skills and knowledge to find the right blend and ensure the solution worked out for your home has the right balance.

What all my projects have in common is an ability to understand exactly where the client is coming from, a desire to come up with well-designed and resourceful solutions, and a willingness to work until we find the best solution, and not just the first solution.

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Alterations

Sometimes it only takes a small change to have a big effect. A change of layout, new doorways or windows, clever storage – there are lots of ways to unlock and improve the space you live in, giving you the effect of gaining space without having to build space.

Extensions

Almost all houses (and even some apartments) have some potential for extended space. The best way to find and use it is not always apparent. It could be upwards, outwards, even downwards. Of course, the actual extension is usually only half the story – if you are going to all the trouble and expense of extending, you need to think of the whole house and how it will look and work afterwards. The unintended consequences of a bad extension can be worse than no extension.

So if you know you want more space, but you’re not sure how to go about it, I can probably help.

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House Renovations

There are few greater pleasures than seeing a beautiful old building restored back to the use it was intended for. But there are few greater frustrations than seeing such an effort done badly, however good the intention. This is one area where there are clear-cut rights and wrongs. And where being able to make the right judgement about what to change and what to preserve is so important.

Our towns and countryside are full of small traditional buildings – ones that often fall below the radar of a protected structures listing – but which need to be taken care of in a way that ensures they make suitable homes now, and can be passed on intact to the next generation.

If you own or are thinking of buying an old “doer-upper”, then give me a call.

Refurbishments

In addition to adding or unlocking space, there is the potential to simply improve it. You might want your space to be cosy, and your bills under control, without unforeseen consequences. Or you might need to fix a specific problem – a leak, a crack, bad ventilation etc. And that’s not to mention the old reliables – paint, tiles, flooring and other small changes that can make big differences.

Of course if you are buying a home that is going to need work before you can live in it, then you have both the need and the opportunity to properly refurbish it – so that you get things right from the outset. There are a lot of options and decisions involved, and I can help you figure out what is going to be best for you and your new house.

To get help, just get in touch.

 

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Fitted Furniture & Storage

When you only have a little space, you need to make the most of it, and in my experience, a customised solution will beat an off-the-shelf one every time. This is particularly true when it comes to built-in storage. Every house and apartment has the potential to have better, more thought out, more usable storage. Figuring out where to put it, how it works and what it looks like is where I come in. I can design and source the right furniture and have it delivered and fitted by the right craftsmen.

One special case of this is the home office. More and more people (myself included) are realising the benefits of working from home. There are as many ways of doing it as there are people, but finding a place for everything, and allowing work and home life to co-exist remain the big challenges. It’s as much about creating the right mental space as a suitable physical environment. With my help, you can achieve both, and have a working space that’s productive and comfortable, where you can feel both at home and at work.

Contact me

Address: 114 Parnell Road Dublin 12
Office: 01 454 7287
Mobile: 089 497 3161
Email: SmallSpacesDublin@yahoo.com