In bloom in the city

Ren­o­vated dormer prop­erty has a vi­brant gar­den for all sea­sons, writes Tr­ish Dromey

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ren­o­vated the two-bed Cork in­ner sub­ur­ban prop­erty five years ago.

Built in the 1930s, the mid-ter­raced house had been in his wife’s fam­ily for 30 years and was a com­plete wreck when they de­cided to down­size there from a larger prop­erty out­side the city.

Em­bark­ing on a com­pres­sive makeover, they gut­ted the in­te­rior, knocked an old ex­ten­sion, dry­lined the walls, laid con­crete floors and put in electric heat­ing and dou­ble glazed win­dows.

Al­though they re­placed many fea­tures they did find some orig­i­nal ones worth keep­ing — in­clud­ing a cast-iron fire­place in the liv­ing room and a red­brick chim­ney breast which now has a stove and oc­cu­pies pride of place in the fam­ily room. “This was plastered over and had a gas fire — it was only when we took out the gas fire that we dis­cov­ered the brick un­der­neath,” they say.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the 896 sq ft prop­erty in­cludes a beech floored front sit­ting room with book­shelves and an orig­i­nal fire­place as well as a tiled fam­ily room with a brick fire­place as well as a stylish open tread oak stair­case.

In a new ex­ten­sion at the rear the own­ers made space for a tiled bath­room and also added a 17ft­long kitchen din­ing room which has a vaulted ceil­ing with a roof light, shaker-style oak units and French doors.

Up­stairs there are two bed­rooms with built-in wardrobes, dormer win­dows, lam­i­nate floor­ing, each with a small en suite with a WC and a sink.

Out­side the pa­tio doors in the kitchen there’s a small grav­eled pa­tio with seat­ing as well as a long lawned gar­den and a colour­ful flowerbed run­ning along one wall.

“When we moved in the gar­den was in a sad state,” says the owner, who has since spent many hours rec­ti­fy­ing this. The first step was get­ting the trees which bounded the gar­dens on both sides cut down and re­placed with six foot high walls which let in a lot more light but pro­vide pri­vacy.

In the shel­tered bed by the wall the owner planted for all sea­sons with tulips, daf­fodils and roses as well as sum­mer flow­ers. Right now he is await­ing the ar­rival of yel­low blooms on Ja­panese irises which­will­bringeven­more­colour to the gar­den. At the bot­tom of the gar­den there’s a shed for gar­den­ing im­ple­ments which also has wash­ing ma­chine and tum­ble dryer and is a used as util­ity area.

Painted blue at the front, the dormer prop­erty is lo­cated less that a five-minute walk from The Lough wild­fowl sanc­tu­ary and a 10-minute one from UCC and is a lit­tle over 1km from the city cen­tre.

Seek­ing of­fers €225,000 Jim Cough­lan of James G Cough­lan & As­so­ci­ates­sayswho­e­ver­buys­this cute cot­tage with its well ren­o­vated in­te­rior and beau­ti­fully planted gar­dens can con­sider them­selves lucky.

VERDICT: Book­ings have been brisk to see this cute and colour­ful cot­tage

Gould St, Cork €225,000

Sq m 83 (896 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 2 Bath­rooms: 3 BER: D2

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