Com­fort­able home on the Grange

Re­fur­bished prop­erty on Grange Road in Rath­farn­ham is both coolly stylish and a per­fect fam­ily home

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - ROSE DOYLE 1.05m

De­scrip­tion: Large ex­tended early-1940s house with five bed­rooms and two re­cep­tion rooms. Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald This is a house that man­ages to be both coolly stylish and a liv­ing, breath­ing fam­ily home. Not an easy com­bi­na­tion; that it comes to­gether here is thanks to the vendor’s pas­sion for houses, a sym­pa­thetic ar­chi­tect, a tal­ented in­te­rior de­signer and a “fan­tas­tic” builder.

Ven­dors Deirdre and Joe, after 10 years liv­ing in and rais­ing a fam­ily in Over­ton, agree they have “put a lot” into the re­fur­bish­ment and re­vamp of what was a tra­di­tional, early 1940s semi-de­tached. The re­sult has given it a whole new look as well as up-to-the-minute liv­ing spa­ces.

The house they bought in 2007 had a small rear ex­ten­sion, floor space of 137sq m (1,471sq ft) and cost close to ¤1 mil­lion. The house they are sell­ing has a floor area of 242sq m (2,600sq ft) and, through agent Sherry FitzGer­ald, an ask­ing price of ¤1.05mil­lion. It now has five bed­rooms (two en-suite), a draw­ingroom, play­room, util­ity, open kitchen/din­ing/fam­i­ly­room and bath­room. The rear, pri­vate and shel­tered gar­den – a good 21m long (70ft) – is in­te­gral to the style of these houses.

‘Lovely pro­ject’

Work­ing on Over­ton was, Deirdre ad­mits, “a lovely pro­ject. We lived here for a while to get a feel of the house. The builder, Build Pole, did all the work in 2009. Liam Bren­nan did the original ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign and Pa­tri­cia Fitz­patrick of No 8 The Liv­ing Space did an in­te­ri­ors re­design on the liv­ing ar­eas and bed­rooms two years ago.”

The re­make in­volved dou­ble-fronting the house by build­ing over the garage, con­vert­ing the attic and ex­tend­ing to the rear. The large rear ex­ten­sion has cre­ated a s we e p of L-shaped liv­ing space with a wall of win­dow over­look­ing a gar­den raised to the level of the house. In­te­rior high­lights in­clude a fea­ture wall of Amer­i­can Barn­wood be­tween cubed shelv­ing, a 9ft high ceil­ing and ex­tra large cen­tre isle in the kitchen area. A pal­ette of muted greys and stone colours make a strong style state­ment.

A util­ity room in an in­ner lob- by, where there is also a small of­fice space, is im­pres­sively stor­age-fit­ted. A front play­room has been given a bay win­dow to cre­ate sym­me­try with Over­ton’s other bay win­dows. The traver­tine-tiled hall­way, ex­tended into the original arched porch, has a fea­ture, arched front door. The front-fac­ing draw­ingroom, where the colours are taupe and white, has a wide bay win­dow and fire­place of Kilkenny slate.

The main, rear-fac­ing bed­room has a grey, washed oak floor and en-suite shower room. Other bed­rooms are front-fac­ing, two of them with bay win­dows. The large attic con­ver­sion, an­other L-shape space, is cur­rently a bed­room with sit­ting area and en-suite shower.

There is off-street park­ing to the front.

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