Slop­ing site ben­e­fits from split level de­sign

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property - Tommy Barker re­ports

THE own­ers of this ar­chi­tect- de­signed home called Seefin, hid­den in a lovely wooded set­ting be­tween Nad and Lyre near Mal­low, have had the very oc­ca­sional sense of deja vu, spot­ting near-iden­ti­cal homes to theirs, in set­tings as far away as Lim­er­ick and Gal­way. How­ever, it’s not en­tirely a co­in­ci­dence, they se­lected the de­sign to suit their slop­ing site from a popu- lar book of house plans pub­lished by Ce­ment Road­stone in the 1980s.

They chose well, be­cause the re­sult at Seefin so much suits their 1.75 acre site and as­pect, with lovely long val­ley views from their en­try level/first floor draw­ing room’s two fea­ture pro­ject­ing box win­dows in par­tic­u­lar.

(Funny how some de­sign touches like that come back into fash­ion too; driv­ing from Musker- ry to this Nad nest ru­ral home, you might even spot a 21st cen­tury, ar­chi­tect-de­signed up­mar­ket home with sim­i­lar jut­ting win­dows, clad in zinc, look­ing a con­tem­po­rary de­sign, yet Seefin’s own­ers opted for it 30 years ago.)

Now trad­ing down to an ecofriendly home the re­tired cou­ple have com­mis­sioned from ar­chi­tect Neil Kane, in Kan­turk town, Seefin’s for sale, listed at €285,000 with es­tate agent Liam Mur­phy. He guides the ex­tremely well kept home, one whose de­sign has stood the test of time, at €285,000, the price of a city semi-d.

Here, you’ll get a spa­cious, split level de­tached, well-built, with some fea­ture soar­ing ceil­ings, clad in an­tique Cana­dian pine sal­vaged from an old mill’s beams and re­pur­posed (the same nicely hued pine also yielded tim­ber for the stairs). There’s a very large lounge with stove, kitchen with cheery red cooker, study with lofted mez­za­nine, and three lower ground level bed­rooms, one en suite with gar­den ac­cess.

Add in an acre of pad­dock with the 1.75 acres, dou­ble garage, work­shop, veg beds and a poly­tun­nel with rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, and its’s quite the af­ford­able life­style op­tion. VERDICT: Go See-fin.

Nad, Mal­low €285,000 Size: 148 sq m (1,600 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 3 Bath­rooms: 3 BER: N/A

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