Trish Dromey is wowed by a true one-off expansive architect-designed home on about an acre of garden
There are detached two storey houses that look pretty similar to most of the other detached two storey house around the country. But there are some, like this modern turreted property at Kill in Waterford, that are quite unique.
Designed by its owners, a UK-Irish couple, and finished in brown Navan brick, it’s a contemporary dormer bungalow with a steeply-pitched roof, which would have had a two storey turret if planning had permitted.
“My husband made a drawing of what he wanted and had the architect design it,” says the lady of the house who put in a request for an extra-wide doorway and hall and also for some internal windows to provide extra light.
The carpenter who made the front door for the couple expressed doubt that a door which was twice as wide as an average door would hang, but it did.
“It means there is never a problem bringing in furniture,” says the lady of the house who also asked for it to be fitted with a glass porthole window.
The extra-wide door leads into an extra spacious hallway which has a striking modern L-shaped oak staircase — with oak banisters and tensioned steel wire ropes in place of spindles.
“My husband designed it to look like decking on a ship,” says the owner, who added a few other porthole windows to the house to keep with the nautical theme.
An archway off the hallway leads into an extra large circular living room — which has ten windows and double doors leading outside, as well as a stove. It’s probably not easy to measure because of its shape, but has ample room for two large corner sofas. The owner says each can seat six to eight people, and that this is a good space for a party.
The kitchen dining room is spacious modern, with steel and timber units from IKEA as well as granite countertops and wide planked oak flooring.
With black wall tiles, pebble-effect floor tiles and a glass sink and waterfall tap, the ground floor bathroom is stylish and contemporary. “The US was the only place I could get the glass sink and waterfall tap in 2003 when I was searching for fittings for the house,” recalls the owner.
At the rear, the house has two spacious ground-floor bedrooms including one with an en-suite which has small blue mosaic tiles on the walls and floor. There’s also a utility room off the kitchen.
Above the staircase is a sloping ceiling with four large Velux windows and a huge elaborate steel and glass light fitting with 25 bulbs.
Off the galleried landing is the master bedroom which has an en-suite with glass fittings, a shower and a large Jacuzzi bath as well as a walk-in wardrobe in the turret space, which measures 17 ft by 18 ft and is larger than a great many bedrooms. There’s another spacious bedroom at this level which isn’t currently in use
Surrounded by gardens of close to an acre, the house has a double garage, lawned gardens at front and rear, a patio, a glasshouse and a driveway with electric gates.
Seeking offers of €395,000, Liberty Blue auctioneers say this architecturally-designed home is spacious and comfortable and would be perfect for a trading up family from the city.
“It’s just a two minute walk from Kill village. Kilmeadan is easily reached within ten minutes and Waterford city is just 25 minutes away,” says auctioneer Maria Clifford, adding that it’s also within a five-minute drive of tranquil beaches on the Waterford coast.
VERDICT: Quite unique
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