Dublin 4 ter­race turn­around

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER 795,000

De­scrip­tion: Two-bed, mid-ter­race new build within an 1890s shell. Agent: Lis­ney Dr o mard Te r r a c e is an on-street ter­race in Sandy­mount vil­lage that dates from the 1890s. Num­ber 22 be­longed to James and Gretta Cousins, friends of James Joyce, where he stayed on the night of June 16th, 2004, a date im­mor­talised as Blooms­day.

The own­ers of num­ber 5, sit­u­ated across the street from the Joycean house, bought the then three-bed prop­erty for ¤350,000 in 2014.

Liv­ing in Aus­tralia at the time, the cou­ple only saw the house af­ter they had bought it. Com­mu­ni­cat­ing via Skype ses­sions with their ar­chi­tect, Gra­ham Petrie of Pac Stu­dio, they de­cided to de­mol­ish all but the fa­cade and con­struct a new house within its 1890 shell.

It was a chal­leng­ing build, made even more so given the nine-hour time dif­fer­ence be­tween Dublin and Mel­bourne.

“There were many two-hour calls at the end of a long day’s work. These had to be struc­tured so that we could walk through the plans vir­tu­ally, then we would map out the scale of rooms in our two-bed prop­erty in Mel­bourne to get an idea of scale,” the owner says.

Parents were en­listed to help select fin­ishes, kitchens and wardrobes. Fea­tures in­clude un­der­floor heat­ing set be­low a mother of pearl-flecked ter­razzo floor; triple-glazed sash win­dows by Knottstown Join­ery to the front and large glazed slid­ing doors and win­dows to the rear, by Ray­naers, that wash the south­west-fac­ing as­pect in light.

The paved pa­tio has an over­hang to keep rain off the bar­be­cue when cook­ing out­doors and clever stor­age space big enough to take the cou­ple’s sports gear. It also stores bins that you will need to take through the house on bin days.

The prop­erty now mea­sures 98 sq m (1,054 sq ft) and Sand- ymount Strand is about a three-minute walk away. A white Amer­i­can oak stair­case sets the ar­chi­tec­tural tone through­out. It has glass balustrad­ing and a rooflight over­head.

There’s a guest toi­let un­der the stairs on the way to the large, open-plan kitchen-liv­ing-din­ingroom.

Wall of glass

The Kube Kitchen fea­tures fold-back doors to hide pantry units and to keep the coun­ters clut­ter-free. In pride of place is a Bora down­draught in­duc­tion hob that dis­pels smells be­low counter to the out­side. The coun­ter­tops are Sile­stone.

A Pho­to­voltaic so­lar panel sys­tem on the roof sup­plies hot wa­ter and a heat re­cov­ery sys­tem warms the in­te­rior.

Up­stairs the orig­i­nal three bed­rooms have be­come two vaulted rooms that share a very smart bath­room. It fea­tures a dou­ble shower, demist­ing mir­rors and devi mats un­der­foot to wel­come feet on a cold win­ter’s morning.There is a nurs­ery or study be­tween the rooms.

The main bed­room has a wall of glass that looks over the back gar­dens of Sandy­mount but with pri­vacy fins to keep it dis­crete.

The B1-rated prop­erty is es­ti­mated to have cost ¤420,000 to re­build and fit. It is now seek­ing ¤795,000 through agent Lis­ney.

Two doors up num­ber 7 came to mar­ket late last year seek­ing ¤575,000. This price was re­duced to ¤525,000 and the 69sq m/750sq ft, three-bed re­cently went sale agreed just be­low the new ask­ing price.

Park­ing is on street.

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