The impetus for this project was the refurbishment and extension of a villa type house in Monkstown in south County Dublin. The villa style is typical of Dublin’s Victorian suburbs. The style is typified by having the main reception rooms on the upper floor accessed by wide stone stairs to a fanlighted front door. The lower level contains bedrooms and service rooms at garden level. This house had been purchased by a young family attracted by the period details and the large back garden. The design of the house has been attributed to George Papworth a notable architect of the time and known to have designed a number of houses in Monkstown as well as the Quaker Meeting House. The thing that set this house apart from the typical Victorian house is an original Turner Conservatory attached.