Interiors makeover turns Cork house into chic family home 

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Building a house from scratch can get exactly what we want, but sometimes buying a beloved house and seeing how it reacts to our lifestyle, Modifying it is just as good.

It also means avoiding the stress and lengthy processes associated with new builds.

The beauty of my work is that when everything is shining and new, you reach the end and see what is done and how everything works.

A short trip to the Cork Tower is a perfect example. A delicious perk of freshly brewed coffee and butter scones directly from the oven has been added, and it happens to be decorated with brushed gold handles and installed in a cabinet finished in Farrow & Railings paint. ball.

It is the color of a chameleon and looks like charcoal until the light comes out and a distinctly bluish tint emerges from its depth.

It is also a favorite of RJ O’Brien Building Contractors interior designer David O’Brien to meet with the owner last March to review the downstairs and redesign for them and their three children. Nine.

“The briefs were more of a connection between the larger space and the backyard,” says David. “It was already an open plan, but there were lots of corners. They wanted different areas in one space.”

By opening up the area in this 2008 building, a dual-aspect room was created from the front to the back of the house. In the center is a kitchen with perfect proportions, a deep island for sitting on coffee and scone stools, preparing meals, supervising homework, enjoying drinks and light meals with friends, and fluted. Illuminated by a vintage pendant light on the glass, a shade of style.

This is part of David’s combination of contemporary design and classic features, with a consistently tasting material throughout.

“You can see that it’s oak, or a shade of oak, with gold, navy, tan, and leather,” he says.

However, he emphasizes the importance of cooperating with homeowners and their personal tastes and does not impose designer tastes. “There is always negotiation with our clients,” he adds. “You need to find their style and make it cohesive.”

This is achieved in the main living area, a relaxing space with a TV and a fireplace. Here, the modern sofa is in harmony with the kitchen. The garden opens in the summer and is visible through the glass walls that connect the indoor and outdoor spaces.

At the other end of the room is a dining area with modern wooden tables and upholstered chairs, and at the offset is the second smallest living area with a compact tan leather sofa for easy reading. I have. It’s cozy, intimate, and free from the oncoming TV screens.

But like any other family-friendly interior design, it needed to combine practicality with good looks.

“Because the floor is a modern terrazzo style, not all spots of dirt are visible,” says David. “Textiles are durable and must be considered when you have children.”

And he also avoided the curse of the large open plan space. The dreaded echoes achieved with sound-absorbing textiles and his signature accessory, foliage plants, add softness, shape, and a relaxing shade of green to the white walls.

“For high spending projects, plants are a low-cost item,” he says. “It can be difficult to bring a new design to life, but plant life adds softness.”

Other eye-catching features include details of the design inspired by David’s insertion of a glass panel into a party wall with holes. Not only does it increase the sense of space and light, but you can also see the front door from the kitchen.

The essentials utility room has ample storage space, and the washer and dryer are raised to prevent bending. In addition, the utility has a shoe basket and a coat peg for each family to prevent the shoes from being scattered in the hall.

Completing the project is a small wall-mounted living room with fire and a chunky sofa standing on the floor of a trendy herringbone oak. It’s a perfect little fit full of texture and comfort that allows couples to enjoy a cozy relaxation night away from the family space when the kids are sleeping.

  • Interior Design: RJ O’Brien Building Contractor David O’Brien. www.rjobrienbc.ie @ theblackhouse.ie
  • Construction: Brian Malone Construction; www.brianmaloneconstruction.ie;
    www.instagram.com/rjobrienbuildingcontractors; instagram.com/theblackhouse.ie

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