Adding a Dutch of class

Tr­ish Dromey sees how a Dutch ar­chi­tec­tural tech­nol­o­gist trans­formeds this 1980s semi-d in Cobh

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UN­TIL a Dutch ar­chi­tec­tural tech­nol­o­gist got his hands on it, No 7 Lee­view Court in Cobh was a stan­dard three-bed semi-d, ex­actly like many other es­tate prop­er­ties built around the coun­try in the 1980s.

But in 2004, the ar­chi­tec­tural tech­nol­o­gist and his Ir­ish wife set about en­larg­ing and con­tem­po­ris­ing the house with open plan space, en­ergy ef­fi­cient fea­tures, mod­ern fit­tings and fur­ni­ture and giv­ing it a stylish 21st cen­tury look.

Seen from the front, it hasn’t changed all that much, although it does have an ex­ten­sion, a smart mod­ern grey door and is prob­a­bly the only house in the park with a flat porch canopy.

The hall­way has been up­dated with dark grey pol­ished porce­lain til­ing and two glass pan­elled doors. It’s not un­til a viewer en­ters through these doors into ei­ther the kitchen or the sit­ting room that they re­alise how far this house has moved on from the 1980s.

Fash­ion­ably dec­o­rated in grey and white, the kitchen has sleek, han­dle­less high gloss white units, hard­wood work­tops, glass cup­boards, in­te­grated ap­pli­ances, and dark grey pol­ished porce­lain floor tiles. Open plan with the kitchen is a din­ing area which is sim­i­larly sleek and min­i­mal­ist with pol­ished floor tiles, a tall mod­ern ra­di­a­tor and a wall of win­dows with a pa­tio door in the cen­tre. Con­trast­ing with the dark pol­ished floor tiles are white walls to which the owner has added just a hint of grey to take away the ster­ile look.

In or­der to achieve clean mod­ern lines, he plas­tered over the fire­place sur­round in the din­ing area and painted it white (with a hint of grey) to en­sure that it blends in seam­lessly The wall that used to di­vide the din­ing room from the front sit­ting room was knocked and re­placed by an arch­way. Fit­ted with an en­gi­neered grey tim­ber floor, the sit­ting room is also stylish and con­tem­po­rary with an an­gu­lar mod­ern cof­fee ta­ble in the cen­tre. Against the grey and white of the room, a Ru­bics cube ot­toman pro­vides a splash of mul­ti­colour. The ex­ten­sion was used to en­large the kitchen and also to pro­vide space for a guest WC, a small util­ity room and a play­room at the front.

Up­stairs the own­ers added on a tim­ber floored en-suite master bed­room. The orig­i­nal bed­rooms, two dou­bles and a box room, have been dec­o­rated in neu­tral shades, ex­cept for the boys room where the oc­cu­pants in­sisted on a blue wall and pat­terned cur­tains. The bath­room has also been given a con­tem­po­rary look with a glass sink and up­graded with a Jacuzzi bath.

The ex­ten­sion was built in 2006 and the own­ers car­ried out fur­ther ren­o­va­tions last year. Re­plac­ing the dou­ble glaz­ing at the front with triple glaz­ing and adding an en­ergy ef­fi­cient boiler, they up­graded the BER rat­ing to a B3.

The gar­den at the back re­flects both the owner’s mod­ern taste and his dis­like of gar­den­ing. One side has cob­bled paving and the other smooth grey In­dian sand­stone slabs. On the pa­tio, there’s grey tim­ber cube which looks like a gar­den fea­ture but turns out to be a dog house, pos­si­bly the coolest in the neigh­bour­hood. There’s also a blue tree house on stilts and a shed.

One of around 25 houses built around a green area, the prop­erty is lo­cated within a 10-minute walk of Cobh town cen­tre and train sta­tion.

Trevor O’sul­li­van of Cold­well Banker Carl­ton Es­tates says he has been in­un­dated with re­quests to come and view the stylishly re­mod­eled prop­erty which is on the mar­ket with a guide of €250,000.

VER­DICT: Af­ford­able op­por­tu­nity to get an ar­chi­tec­turally re­designed home.

Lo­ca­tion: 7 Lee­view Court, Cobh Guide Price: €250,000

Size 144 sq m (1,550 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 4 Bath­rooms: 3

BER: B3 In­side and the sur­round­ings of 7 Lee­view Court in Cobh have been re­designed, and is now on the mar­ket with a guide price of €250,000.

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