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Cottage Cubed - Remodel of a 25sqm Fishermans Cottage. contemporary-living-room

Cottage Cubed - Remodel of a 25sqm Fishermans Cottage.

'Cottage Cubed' - remodel of a 25sqm fisherman's cottage. A large plywood cube of storage was constructed. The top of which is a sleeping platform. The faces of the cube are the staircase and kitchen. The interior of the cube contains a bathroom and utility. Cottage Cubed was completed in 2012 by DMVF Architects. Photos by Ros Kavanagh.

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March 13, 2013
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Hi Beeper,
This is a good quality Birch Ply.
Thanks for your message.
DMVF Architects.
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Nancy Cooper
What size is sleeping platform? Thanks
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January 1, 2013
rabatch wrote:
How high is the kitchen ceiling ? - Is the space 12 or more feet top to floor?
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Hi Rabatch,
Thanks for your question. The ground level for the sitting room (photo above) is at the original ground level. You can see the front door to the left of the photo. We dropped the floor level of the kitchen area by about 540mm so that we could get usable space inside the cube for the utility and bathroom areas.
Floor to low point of ceiling in living room is 2528mm (over eight feet).
Floor to high point of ceiling (ridge) in living room is 3688mm (over 12 feet).
I hope this is of some help.
Colm Doyle, DMVF Architects.
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A similar thing is happening in this small wooden object inserted into an old cottage. A stair moves up through a space to a mezzanine, but here it's obviously below the ceiling instead of the sky.
Doyle and his team removed the home's original low ceiling and inserted a plywood cube, each side with its own function. The kitchen takes up one side, access to the shower room is around the corner, a sleeping loft sits on the top, and this side holds storage and a small utility space. "It became apparent very quickly during the design process that every last inch of space needed a specific purpose and dedicated use," says Doyle.

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DMVF were approached by the owner of this derelict mid-terraced fisherman’s cottage to undertake a full refurbishment. The original structure dates from the mid 19th Century. The cottage is tiny at 26 square meters and had no garden front or back. The house is listed as a protected structure. DMVF proposed to ‘insert’ a plywood box which would contain a bathroom and utility. The roof of the plywood box would be a sleeping platform and the faces of the box would house the kitchen, staircase and storage. The result is a modern intervention into a traditional cottage. This project was shorlisted for two RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2012.
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