Enjoy lofty ambition in Drumcondra
This former ballet studio was spotted in an Allsop auction by a young architect who has since restored it completely for loft living
which he reconditioned, for internal finishes. One find included several 3m oak-veneer-on-birch-ply panels, complete with doors and bronze hinges and handles. They came from the former Bank of Ireland headquarters on Baggot Street and their use now to create internal walls makes for an atmospheric entrance. Off the wide hallway, the doors open into two bedrooms (one with an en suite), a cloakroom, and a large bathroom with freestanding bath and double shower and with a cleverly concealed utility room. While the walls elsewhere in the loft are bare stone or brick, the ones in the bedrooms are plastered for additional thermal comfort.
At t he end of t hi s hal l , through a brick arch, is the large living space. Triple-aspect, it features an industrial-looking kitchen on one side and a glass-walled home office on the other as well as a seating area with room for several sofas, a bar area – in homage to the building’s origins – and a home gym complete with yellow punch bag.
The minimalist kitchen shows how good design doesn’t have to cost – Keeler bought the cheery yellow doors in the island from Ikea and installed them on a custom built stainless steel shell, giving a contemporary industrial look.
Keeler’s now moving on, hoping to build something from scratch and this atmospheric two-bedroom home, Loft 2, The Grainstore, is for sale through DNG for ¤750,000.