On the pig’s back at Church­town cot­tage

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - ROSE DOYLE ¤695,000

De­scrip­tion: Semi-de­tached, ex­tended cot­tage with three bed­rooms Agent: DNG The pleas­ant cot­tage-style houses lin­ing part of Up­per Church­town Road were orig­i­nally the homes of lo­cal pig farm­ers when Church­town was farm­ing coun­try­side.

All of them had large gar­dens and a con­se­quen­tial ad­van­tage for ven­dors Su­san and John, when they bought num­ber 42 in 2004, was its good-sized rear gar­den. They put this to good use when they used the space to add a large, L-shaped ex­ten­sion with a high, vaulted, velux-win­dowed, kitchen/din­ingroom and liv­in­groom.

Su­san and John wanted, above all, to have a home with “light, space and height”; they got all three in ar­chi­tect Niall Browne’s de­sign, in­clud­ing 13ft high ceil­ings in the ex­ten­sion.

“We gut­ted and to­tally ren­o­vated and didn’t move in un­til 2006,” Su­san says. “We re­designed the front and put in a dou­ble, en suite bed­room. Then we added the L-shaped ex­ten­sion to the back and, since it’s south-fac­ing, a sun­trap pa­tio/gar­den.”

They paid “some­where in the mid-¤400,000s” for num­ber 42 and put a “huge renovation bud­get” into the re­design. All “worth it”, Su­san as­sures. “We’ve been very happy here. It’s on one level, which we found a plus, for both young and old peo­ple. We had no chil­dren when we ar­rived, now we’ve three and need some­where big­ger so are mov­ing on.”

For sale through agent DNG for ¤695,000, num­ber 42 has three bed­rooms (one en suite), a fam­ily bath­room, kitchen/din­ingroom, liv­in­groom and util­ity over a 129sq m (1,390sq ft) floor area.

Vaulted ceil­ing heights in the ex­ten­sion are im­pres­sively close to 20ft high, with beams and Velux win­dows cre­at­ing a great feel­ing of space. Light­ing hangs from a beam over the din­ing area, glass doors and win­dows (all Ra­tionel) are wood framed, walls ev­ery­where (and through­out the rest of the house too) are a re­lax­ing off-white with fea­ture walls in other colours. Su­san, a proud Wick­low woman, chose kitchen fit­tings by Wick­low com­pany Remo and a floor of Wick­low sand­stone.

Ac­cessed through dou­ble doors, the liv­in­groom, in the stem of the L, has an oak floor, two large win­dows onto the pa­tio and a Sand­stone sur­round open fire­place which is, Su­san as­sures, “used a lot.”

The main bed­room has slid­ing, mir­rored wardrobes and an en suite with walk-in shower and mo­saic tiling. The fam­ily bath­room is also to the front and both other bed­rooms have win­dows. There is at­tic stor­age over the wide, bright hall­way.

No 42 shares ac­cess to a use­ful side laneway. The pa­tio is floored in Lis­can­nor slate, has high shel­ter­ing walls and a healthy plant life. There is park­ing to the front as well as a lawn, laven­der and rose­mary bushes.

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