Back to the Future: A Bungalow with a whole new lease of life

Back to the Future: A Bungalow with a whole new lease of life

Trish Dromey is impressed to discover how this 1970s bungalow received a stylish new lease of life

  • Carrigaline, Co Cork

  • Price: €795,000
  • Size: 250 sq m (2,700sq ft)
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • BER: B3

Tiaquin at Ballea Road in Carrigaline is a 1970s bungalow which has been reimagined as a bright and stylish single-storey home for the 21st century.

When the current owners bought the property and its 1.8-acre site in 2014, it was a standard, albeit extra-large, bungalow. “We kept the name, the walls and the floors and changed everything else,” explains the owner who used the services of architect Edel Regan for the transformation.

Ultra-modern and bright with tiled and timber flooring, large triple-glazed windows, neutral décor and a bespoke grey kitchen, it’s a spacious and comfortable four-bed home with 2,700 sq ft of accommodation.

The stylish 21st-century look was achieved with extensive glazing and a new roof with a variety of shapes, angles and heights. “To let in more light we cleared some trees and knocked the attached garage at the back,” reveals the owner.

While a traditional bungalow typically had just one door at the front and one at the back, this property now has multiple entrances including double patio doors in the dining room. The house does have a central tiled hallway with glass doors at both front and rear but this has long since become the piano room.

The sitting room with two feature corner windows, walnut flooring and an elaborate fireplace is probably the largest room. It overlooks the front lawn and has views of Ballea Castle.

Back to the Future: A Bungalow with a whole new lease of life

Alongside the living room is a kitchen with ultra-contemporary units done by David Lane, hand-painted in pale grey and topped with quartz. The kitchen also has a large central island underneath a section of full height ceiling with a set of three roof lights.

A large archway opens into the dining room which has double doors opening on to a front patio which provides an option for eating al fresco. Adjoining the kitchen is a spacious utility room opening into a mudroom, a guest WC and a room listed as a playroom but which has over time evolved into a study.

One side of the property has the main living areas while the other has a modern tiled bathroom, a study and four bedrooms including two with en suites. The master bedroom at the front has tilt-and-open door/windows opening on to the patio as well as a spacious en-suite shower room.

There’s not a curtain in sight throughout this very bright house but it does have electronically controlled blinds in all the rooms at the front as well as in the bedrooms at the rear.

Back to the Future: A Bungalow with a whole new lease of life

In addition to upgrading the style and the design, the owners have also made some fairly dramatic improvements to the property’s energy-efficient bringing the BER rating up to a B3.

“It has 100 mm of internal dry-lined, pumped cavity insulation, 300mm of blown cellulose attic insulation and Rational triple-glazed aluclad windows,” says the owner explaining that the house gets toasty in just 20 minutes.

Access is through a long electric-gated driveway which leads to lawns bounded by oak trees and featuring a 20m willow tree. At one side there is an area where the owners keep hens and, at the other, landscaped spaces. At the rear Tiaquin has a large patio which stretches across the full length of the house and has several sets of double glass doors.

Located on the Ballea Road, the property is around two kilometres from Carrigaline, 12 from the city centre and less than eight from Cork airport.

On the market previously with a guide of €925,000, Tiaquin is new to the books of selling agent Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan which is seeking offers of €795,000. Auctioneer John Hornbook says it may well be one of the finest houses to come on the market in Carrigaline in recent years. VERDICT: As good as new.

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