Teacher’s pet project in Black­rock is su­per-sized semi

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - 695,000

71 St Fin­tan’s Vil­las is a fine ex­am­ple of what can be achieved us­ing the eye of a good ar­chi­tect. Pur­chased in 2013 for ¤265,000 by the cur­rent own­ers – teacher David Doo­ley and his fam­ily – the house was “your usual two-up, two-down in very ba­sic con­di­tion”.

The end re­sult has tripled the size of the orig­i­nal prop­erty which now has five bed­rooms and a g e ner o us 162sq m (1,743sq ft) of space. The fact that the house lies on a cor­ner site still al­lows for a large L shaped gar­den, de­spite the size of the ex­ten­sion.

Black­rock-based firm Habi­tat Ar­chi­tec­ture were en­gaged to trans­form and ex­tend the prop­erty. One of the most strik­ing features of the house is the amount of nat­u­ral light which floods in ev­ery­where – two Velux were in­stalled in the dou­ble bed­rooms to the front of the house as the ex­ten­sion re­moved the rear win­dows, this was also the case in the fam­ily bath­room, and the roof light in the front hall bright­ens up a pre­vi­ously very dark space.

The rear of the house is es­sen­tially a glass box with three sets of doors open­ing out onto the gar­den. A kitchen by Kitchen Craft with Neff ap­pli­ance frames a Sile­stone is­land with fur­ther stor­age in a util­ity.

Re­claimed bricks, which have been cut to use as tiles frame one wall in din­ing area, and are fur­ther echoed in the hearth of the liv­ing area: “It’s piped for a stove but we never got around to in­stalling one as the room is so warm – even in win­ter,” says Doo­ley.

A fur­ther liv­ing room to the front of the house has a stove for cosy win­ter evenings.

The prop­erty has four dou­ble bed­rooms and a sin­gle. One is lo­cated on the ground floor and could also work as a play­room, tele­vi­sion room or home of­fice.

The Doo­ley’s are mov­ing back to Tip­per­ary, and have placed their lovely home – com­pleted last year, and in turnkey con­di­tion – on the mar­ket through Sherry FitzGer­ald wi t h an ask­ing price of ¤695,000.

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