Cool and eclec­tic Phib­s­boro red­brick

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 670,000

New chal­lenge

And then there is the soar­ing, atrium-like ceil­ing height over the hall, stairs and land­ing, the bed­room shelv­ing made from wooden pal­lets and the pock­ets of clev­erly con­cealed stor­age ev­ery­where.

Ven­dors Alexa and Colm Bod­kin have lived in num­ber 3, mak­ing it the house it is to­day and hap­pily rais­ing their fam­ily, since buy­ing for ¤299,000 in 2004. “It was in bits,” they agree. Alexa adds that they “didn’t mind be­cause we wanted to put our own stamp on it”. Now that their chil­dren are older they want a new chal­lenge and are mov­ing. Not far, how­ever: they love the area.

The floor area cov­ers 124sq m (1,335sq ft), and agent Sherry FitzGer­ald is seek­ing ¤670,000. A pop­u­lar cul-de­sac in a bur­geon­ing area – num­ber 5 sold for ¤760,000 in Jan­uary last.

Want­ing to cre­ate “a coun­try-like fam­ily kitchen”, the Bod­kins added a sin­gle-storey rear ex­ten­sion with a 13ft-high ceil­ing, de­signed by ar­chi­tect Mar­cus Reid.

They moved in as soon as the walls were up and painted and, in time, put down a mar­ble floor, hard­wood cen­tre is­land and work­tops and wall of slid- ing win­dow over the rear gar­den.

Colm is a “handy­man” who likes work­ing with metal, has friends who are “equally handy” and many of the spe­cial ef­fects came from this pool of tal­ent.

‘‘ The first re­turn has a bed­room with mez­za­nine and a bath­room

Strate­gic niches

Colm made the hall­way stor­age and the bike con­tainer, friends made the metal handrail along the stairs. Doors ev­ery­where are made of ash, as are the ban­is­ters and stairs.

The first re­turn has a bed­room with mez­za­nine and a bath­room. The main, front bed­room has two sash win­dows, walk-in and fit­ted wardrobes and strate­gic niches over the bed. The third, rear bed­room has an­other sash win­dow.

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