The wheel deal in Church­town

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market -

This house in Church­town is un­usual in many ways, not least the gleam­ing white Mini with the per­son­alised num­ber plate in the liv­in­groom.

The half Mini – a car halved to make a two-seater sofa – was a quirky pur­chase by the owner for the home he built in 2016. On sunny days it can be wheeled out to the pa­tio, and it’s a bit of fun in a house that has some se­ri­ously high-tech fea­tures.

The owner – a builder – spot­ted the sliver of a site on Flem­ingstown Park in Church­town, sand­wiched be­tween two bun­ga­lows, some years ago and built what he named Old Oak Lodge as his and his wife’s down­sized re­tire­ment prop­erty.

With 125sq m (1,345sq ft) it has a sim­ple lay­out – an open-plan ground floor, and two dou­ble bed­rooms – both with en suites – up­stairs. The en­trance is to the side with a wider than typ­i­cal door – “to get large pieces of fur­ni­ture in and it was handy when the Mini ar­rived” – and there is also a side en­trance lead­ing through to the rear gar­den.

As it was to be their own home, built af­ter a long ca­reer in the build­ing trade, it had a long list of must-haves. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency was high on the pri­or­ity list – it’s A-rated with last year’s bill for light and heat com­ing in at less than ¤1,400 – thanks, the owner says, largely to the Amvic in­su­lat­ing con­crete con­struc­tion.

Other im­pres­sive fea­tures in­clude a pres­surised Nibe wa­ter sys­tem with in­stant hot wa­ter, multi-room (in­clud­ing the gar­den) Sonos sound sys­tem, Ep­son home cin­ema, elec­tri­cally con­trolled Velux win­dows and blinds, and geo-ther­mal un­der­floor heat­ing.

The hall door opens di­rectly into the cus­tom-built kitchen with its large is­land and break­fast bar. The bay win­dow is fit­ted with an at­trac­tive win­dow seat. The stair­case – fit­ted with clev­erly con­cealed stor­age – is against one wall. The only en­closed space in this open-plan liv­ing area is a guest toi­let.

There’s a seat­ing area with that home cin­ema and a space for a din­ing ta­ble and what­ever un­usual pieces of fur­ni­ture new own­ers find. The floor-to-ceil­ing doors at the end of this bright room open out to a smartly paved pa­tio with a de­tached util­ity room.

The site is much longer than it is wide and so be­yond this pa­tio area is a lawned gar­den.

The own­ers, hav­ing down­sized, are now re­vers­ing that de­ci­sion. The ar­rival of grand­chil­dren has made them think that a house with two bed­rooms and one open-plan liv­ing area isn’t ideal to ac­com­mo­date vis­its from an ex­pand­ing new gen­er­a­tion.

As ev­ery­thing is newly done in this de­tached two-storey house, it re­ally is in turnkey con­di­tion.

It is for sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald seek­ing ¤855,000.There is park­ing to the front for two cars.

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