Before & After: A Dilapidated Dublin Home Gets a Playful Addition With an Indoor Swing

In the trendy neighborhood of Dublin 8, Studio And upgrades a 1920s pebble dash house for a creative couple on a tight budget.
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This Dublin home was originally built in the 1920s for one of the city’s first public housing schemes—and it appeared as if the previous owner had barely touched it since. "The condition was pretty dire," says marketing professional and photographer Brionna McArdle, who purchased the home with her cameraman husband, JJ Rolfe, while they were expecting their first baby.

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Stephen Zacks
Stephen Zacks is an advocacy journalist, architecture critic, urbanist, and organizer based in New York City.