Kya de Longchamp reports on a super-sized family home which is certified with a covetable A3 BER.
Cannon’s Wood, Bandon, Cork €450,000
Size: 260 sq m (2,800 sq ft)
BER: A3 (new build)
A brand new house delivering instant presence on a double-wide lot, No 11 The Pines in Bandon is set in a quiet cul-de-sac in the highly popular development of Cannon’s Wood.
For sale through Mark Kelly of Propertyonline.ie, it’s a politely modern, detached home in the clique of homes shared out in four distinct different detached designs.
Yes, yes, it’s handsome. Yes — it’s set on a rise with that lovely green-space gentling the urban views. Yes — it’s a full 2,800sq ft. and a happy skip from the town — but slow down — here comes some domestic science of a brand new, compliant, certified A3 BER-certified home.
This highly insulated, super-efficient environment despite its comforting, traditional signals combines the strength and sustainability of a timber-frame engineered to a concrete block external leaf — everything the lean, green research squads of Sustainable Energy Authority rave about.
Water is passively warmed by Kingspan FPW collectors on the roof. The Vent Axia Vertical, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) exchanges the air in the house several times over 24 hours, the heat exchanger retrieving and recycling even whispers of body heat.
Underfloor heating downstairs is served by the latest technology in an air source heat pump, and radiators upstairs by gas fired central heating to perk up the centigrade where needed. Current building standards really do deliver.
Entering the gates of No 11, the hard surfacing is surprisingly complete in gentrifying sandstone, the level lawns are seeded, and there’s a length or boundary ready and waiting for plug ’n’ play planting in a contemporary raised bed ideal for small shielding trees to improve on privacy.
The entrance hall brings us left to a wing made-up of two identically sized formal reception rooms — styled as a dining-room and living-room on paper. Through the hall or reception wing the kitchen will take on casual family meals with ease on the home’s most private aspect. Turn right in the hall and there’s a downstairs cloakroom and beyond the weeping joy of yet another large downstairs family room — so there’s every chance to hang onto at least one truly ‘only for best’ room while satisfying multi-distracted, demanding offspring with two TV staging points.
Three of the four bedrooms are firm doubles, two with en-suite, while bedroom four is a roomy single (ideal for a 4’ double bed really). J.O.D allocate a reasonable PC (provisional costings) for the remaining second fix, with €7,000 for the kitchen, utility and wardrobes (sans appliance wiring), €5,000 towards tiling, and €2,000 towards solid Maritime French pine flooring and €750 to each of two multi-fuel insert stoves. The purchaser can, of course, decide on their level of extra input here.
VERDICT: A solid and generously-proportioned family house in a landmark town with all the efficiencies of the 21st century; 11 The Pines won’t be lonesome for long.
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