This 5-storey Georgian property was restored from a state of disrepair to a large home with uniquely fantastical interiors. 

 D2 Townhouse Curved bay extension and bespoke cast iron Design by Jake Moulson Image Tim Crocker - grand designs 

Image: Tim Crocker 

Sandwiched between offices and a car park, this Georgian townhouse in Dublin had fallen into a state of dilapidation in recent years, with a number of insensitive alterations made to adapt the property into an office space. 

Jake Moulson was tasked with restoring the house back to its former glory and into a single family home, applying his sense of daring architecture and design to create something spectacular, where every detail has been carefully considered and meticulously implemented. 

 D2 Townhouse Exterior Curved bay night shot Design by Jake Moulson Image Mitsuko Moulson TVP1013

 Image: Mitsuko Moulson

The resulting property houses a surprise behind every closed door – with unique material combinations and unexpected architectural choices creating a dialogue between the existing house and the renovation of each room. 

 D2 Townhouse Curved bay extension and bespoke cast iron Design by Jake Moulson Image Tim Crocker - grand designs

 Image: Tim Crocker 

Setting it apart from the neighbouring townhouses, this property has a large garden, which also contains one of Dublin's last remaining, original coach houses, which has also been renovated.

On the right, Jake's unique cast-iron cladding brings character to the extension which marries the modernity of the renovation with a classic dedication to craftsmanship through its ornate detailing. 

Inside the box 

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 Image: Tim Crocker

Over the winter garden, a cantilevered, frameless glass box has been added to the exterior of the property. Within it, a luxe quartzite basin and toilet has been installed as an unusual guest bathroom with a view out of Dublin's skyline. 

Idiosyncratic design

 D2 Townhouse Quatzite ensuite washing area in master bedroom Design by Jake Moulson Image Mitsuko Moulson

 Image: Mitsuko Moulson

The use of statement stone continues in the master bedroom, which features an open-plan ensuite. Describing it as 'idiosyncratic' and 'inserted' into the room, the moveable joinery features mirrored fronts. 

Bespoke furniture 

D2 Townhouse thermoformed Corian and concrete kitchen and table Design by Jake Moulson Image Tim Crocker - grand designs

Image: Tim Crocker

The whole property features distinctive, bespoke furniture, also created by Jake Moulson. The Corian and concrete kitchen features an artistic ripple design. 

D2 Townhouse brass parlour with leather inlays and hidden storage Design by Jake Moulson Image Tim Crocker 1729

Image: Tim Crocker 

In this formal dining space, the period features have been enhanced with new and unexpected joinery that creates an intriguing dynamic between the old and new elements. 

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 Image: Tim Crocker 

Part bathroom, part dressing room, the central pillar of this dramatic room opens up to reveal a hidden shoe closet.


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