Trish Dromey is impressed with this no-expense-spared approach to home improvement in Bishopstown.
IN PURSUIT of additional space, warmth, and comfort, there isn’t a lot that the owners of Number 1 Windermere Court in Bishopstown, Cork, have not done to their home.
Viewers who turn up for the open viewing this weekend should be quite surprised to see what can be done with a standard 1980s three-bed end-of-terrace townhouse with a no-expense-spared approach to home improvement.
With the addition of a two-storey extension at the side, and a single-storey extension at the back, it now has 2,000sq ft of living space which includes four bedrooms, two living rooms, and a stylish, rather substantial, kitchen-diner.
The owners — who bought in 2011 — didn’t stop with expansion, but also focused on energy-efficiency, putting in triple glazing and insulation which brought the BER rating right up to a toasty B2.
Selling agents O’Mahony Walsh say the owners went on to bring in an interior designer who chose Farrow & Ball Bone, a shade of soft grey with a hint of green, for the hand-painted cabinets in the kitchen extension.
The two living rooms include one at the front, billed as a family room/snug, and one at the rear with oak flooring and a cream granite fireplace.
The kitchen-diner at the rear is spacious, modern, and well-equipped to serve the needs of a hungry family or be used as a space to entertain.
It has a good selection of granite-topped units, good quality appliances and a central island with breakfast bar seating.
To make sure that this room gets sufficient daylight, the owners have put in a good number of windows along the back well as well as a set of patio doors and a two large roof lights — one is placed above the island, and one is above the dining area.
Catering for most of the needs of a modern family, the property also has a ground-floor wet room, an oak-floored study/home office and small utility room.
The first floor has a bathroom and four oak-floored double bedrooms — one has an en-suite, while another has a walk-in wardrobe.
Much of the property’s end-of-terrace site has been used up by the extension, but it still has its front garden area, which is paved, with space for two cars.
There is also a long limestone patio stretching along the rear which is used for relaxing and dining outside.
Quoting a guide of €395,000, Frank Walsh expects this house to impress house-hunting families with its size and its standard of finish. The selling agent also believes that its location should prove a big attraction.
“It’s located in a quiet cul de sac of just ten houses — and is within walking distance of CUH and Wilton Shopping Centre, and is close to primary and second-level schools as well as CIT and UCC,” said Mr Walsh.
VERDICT: The selling agents say that given its size, standard of finish and location, this house offers good value for its asking price.
Size: 185sq m (2,000sq ft)