Spiralling house prices in Dublin left Julie O’Brien and boyfriend Julian Palmer despairing of ever being able to move out of their parent’s homes. Then Julie’s father, property scout and designer Wesley O’Brien spotted this tiny rundown cottage in Dublin city, and persuaded one of his investors to buy it as a renovation project…..
Two bedroom artisan cottage in Dublin, built late 1800s.
Who Lives Here?:
Julie O’Brien is an artist and photographer, Julian Palmer is a photographer.
‘It was in pretty horrible condition, but Dad seemed sure he could make something of it, and he’s really good at renovations,’ says Julie.
‘But, yes, I thought it was very small, and i wasn’t so sure what he was going to be able to do about that.’ You can check out some of Wesley’s work in this previous post.
The cottage had been in the same family for generations, and had hardly been altered from the original layout. The kitchen consisted of an ancient gas cooker and a Belfast sink in a tiny scullery, and there was no bathroom, only an outside toilet.
‘The house was untouched, that’s what attracted me,’ says Wesley. ‘There were no structural alterations, although there was a 1950s beige tile fireplace which would have to go. But the ceilings were 3.35 meters high, and there was a reasonably-sized back yard to use for an extension, with enough space left over for a seating area.’