Period renovation: Family friendly, functional, and classically beautiful by design

Wonky walls, pandemic delays and rising damp were just a few of the challenges that had to be overcome to turn around this handsome period residence in Booterstown, South Co Dublin

Handcrafted joinery, custom-made Crittal-style doors and a bespoke cream curved sofa in the living room create a beautiful balance of masculine and feminine in the reception rooms of this period Booterstown home, designed by North Design. Picture: PJ Rankin

When we first visited our clients’ new home just before Christmas 2020, we instantly fell in love with its storybook charm. The double-fronted terraced house, built in the 1820s, had all the beautiful characteristics you would expect, but the interior design didn’t reflect our clients’ personality or function well for a young family of four.

It consisted of two living rooms, an open-plan kitchen/living/dining space, a ground-floor WC, a family bathroom and four bedrooms – ...