A Miami-style beach house in rural Waterford is a delightful and striking development, writes Trish Dromey
No longer the 1990s bungalow it used to be, this property at Annestown has had an American beach house-style revamp and is now contemporary and ‘semi cubed’.
The vendors, who purchased it three years ago, decided to do something stylish and different. “What we had in mind was the type of modern beach houses that you see in Miami,” say the owners, who brought in an architect to design a cube-shaped extension.
Requested features included a first-floor balcony, a large open-plan living space, and a ground floor terraced area for eating breakfast.
The result is a striking property, half bungalow and half flat-roofed, two storey modern house with large windows, very different from the more traditional bungalows and two-storey properties seen in the surrounding countryside at Waterford’s Annestown.
The modern extension provided space for a large open-plan kitchen diner-cum-sitting room with walnut laminate flooring. The kitchen units are high-gloss white and handleless, with black worktops and an island unit. “Clean lines, no fuss, and easy to keep,” says the owner.
The dining area has a huge modern IKEA lampshade which looks a little like the Star Wars Death Star and, according to the owner, casts interesting shadows. The sitting room has an elaborate marble fireplace and over mantel. “It’s an antique I bought in a salvage shop from a guy who had brought if from London 25 years before that — it’s amazing and it’s coming with us,” adds the owner.
The colour scheme is mostly pale grey and there’s a dark grey feature wall in the kitchen. Vibrant colour is introduce with a selection of abstract paintings on the walls and there’s also a colourful arthouse fabric cow.
Off the kitchen is a space which is part of the house but open at one side, which means that it’s both indoors and outdoors. “It gets the morning sun and has a patio heater so we can sit out there in any weather,” notes the owner, who has painted it bluish-green making it look vaguely Spanish.
A stairs in the hallway leads up to first-floor master bedroom decorated in black and gold and en suite featuring an extra-long bath, a shower cubicle, and a marble vanity unit with twin basins the owner found in a salvage yard.
Double doors from the bedroom lead out to a large terrace with white walls which make it look a little Mediterranean. From here there are scenic views of the Comeragh Mountains.
The interior of the original bungalow has been totally rearranged by the owners who used this space for a small utility room and three bedrooms including one en suite. There is a New York-themed bedroom with a grey and black colour scheme and a silver apple decoration, a floral bedroom decorated in turquoise and purple, as well a forest room with an entire wall papered with green woodland wallpaper, sourced online.
Once they doubled the size of the property to 2,200 sq ft, the owners called their new home An Diadon, which means Haven. Fitting grey PVC double-glazed windows and a new boiler for the oil-fired heating, they achieved a high B3 energy rating.
Sitting on a one-acre site, An Diadon has a long driveway, an expanse of lawns, and a detached garage. To the rear there’s a patio with a hot tub and at the front a landscaped area, where spring plants are expected to make an appearance any day now.
Located at Lissaviron, it’s 3km from the beach at Anneston, and 12km from Tramore. Griffin auctioneers say it’s contemporary, stylish and spacious, and well situated close to the Copper Coast and Waterford Greenway.
Making plans to downsize, the owners have covered all their bases and are selling their property with Griffin Auctioneers, Property Partners Herterich, as well as Lawrence McDonald, who are all quoting a guide of €365,000.
VERDICT: stylish standout