Do a dou­ble take in Stoney­bat­ter

A cou­ple are sell­ing two ad­ja­cent houses, one a de­sign mas­ter­piece, at ¤345,000 each

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 345,000 each ALANNA GAL­LAGHER

De­scrip­tion: Ad­join­ing mid-ter­race one-storey ar­ti­san cot­tages Agent: DNG The ar­ti­san cot­tages of Stoney­bat­ter proved pop­u­lar in the early 2000s, and one boom and bust later it re­mains a great place to live. Niall Street is a line of sin­gle-storey ar­ti­san dwellings to the rear of St Gabriel’s National School.

Geral­dine Han­ni­gan bought into the area in 2006 when she pur­chased num­ber 42, a 50sq m two bed ar­ti­san cot­tage which she up­graded, lived in for a while and now lets on AirBnB. Then in 2015 Han­ni­gan and her part­ner Brian Grif­fin, a for­mer elec­tri­cian who now runs Dublin City Bike Tours, pur­chased the prop­erty next door, num­ber 41, for ¤175,000 and com­pletely trans­formed the 50 sq m space into a bright airy home.

The house opens into a small hall with a ze­bra-print clad stairs to the right. To the left is a small dou­ble bed­room, cur­rently home to just a sin­gle bed.

The rest of the ground floor is open plan and leads through to a sit­ting room which is a great area with a vanilla-coloured wood-burn­ing stove its flue clad in a match­ing shade of ce­ramic. On through is the kitchen, its units set in an L-shape with composite stone work­tops and a peri­win­kle blue Range­mas­ter.

The de­sign fea­tures floor-to-ceil­ing units be­cause the name of the game is stor­age in Stoney­bat­ter, Grif­fin says. And he’s right. Ev­ery cen­time­tre counts. To this end the cou­ple have opened the kitchen to its small back yard by in­stalling tri-fold doors that sit flush with the wall and pro­vide an ex­tra me­tre and a half of depth.

In­spired by TV show Grand De­signs, they in­stalled an out- door fire. “I thought it was dece­dent and I had to have one,” she says. The fire dou­bles as a bar­be­cue and has a full-size chim­ney to draw smoke away. The out­door area is tiled in the same colour as the kitchen - a good idea, well ex­e­cuted.

The bath­room has a sep­a­rate shower and a most un­usual free-stand­ing cop­per slip­per bath. The cou­ple used MKA Ar­chi­tects to help re­alise their ideas. Up­stairs is an attic room, just over six feet high, where the cou­ple sleep. It has Velux win­dows with good views of the city, and ac­cess to a ter­race area via a low-set Velux. This room how­ever does not con­form to build­ing reg­u­la­tions, which strictly ren­ders this house as a one-bed prop­erty for the pur­poses of sale.

It is how­ever a mas­ter­class in how to con­vert a tight 50 sq m - the size of a gen­er­ous one-bed­room apart­ment - into a re­ally cool live­able home.

Mid­way through re­fur­bish­ment of num­ber 41 Geral­dine be­came preg­nant and, now the proud par­ents of a 14-month-old boy, the cou­ple have de­cided to move on. “What I re­ally want is a gar­den. We are loathe to leave the area but it is tricky to find a house with a gar­den. Ideally we want one within 300 me­tres of this home.”

Num­ber 41, cov­ers 50 sq m with an­other 14sq m of attic room, and an im­pres­sive B2 Ber rat­ing. It is ask­ing ¤345,000 through agent DNG.

The cou­ple is also sell­ing their original home next door, num­ber 42. This prop­erty has two dou­ble bed­rooms, a small south-fac­ing yard but none of the bells and whis­tles dé­cor that make num­ber 41 so ap­peal­ing. This house, which has a D2 Ber rat­ing and is also 50sq m in size, is also seek­ing ¤345,000.

Ear­lier this year num­ber 44 came to market through Kelly Brad­shaw Dal­ton ask­ing ¤275,000. The end of ter­race house had been re­fur­bished and even­tu­ally sold for ¤308,000, ac­cord­ing to the prop­erty price reg­is­ter.

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