Light shines on architect’s design

A STONE’S throw from the Mallow road is how builder, Con Cronin describes his house outside Grenagh in north Cork.

Designed by Jim Leahy Architects, the house is visible from the road and its a bit of an eye-catcher, with it’s multi-gabled good looks.

Block-built and in a class of its own, this house is a light-filled palace with apex-high ceilings and white oak internal joinery.

Painted terracotta and with oak PVC windows, the Ballyhillogue residence isn’t shy or retiring.

Inside, the house lives up to its facade.

There’s a wide hallway with a circular stairwell housing the, again, off-standard, circular staircase.

This is not, it must be stressed, a relation of the attic spiral staircase, but a wide, architectural feature that comes with white oak treads to match the doors, architraves and flooring.

The ground floor has underfloor heating and the oil system has three zones, says Mr Cronin, which allows economic use of the heating and hot water systems; it’s also pressurised.

The right-hand side of the house has a drawing room with double door access from the hall and this comes with recessed lighting and is fitted with a fireplace.

Next is the family room/TV room with its large, picture window and at the opposite side of the hallway lies the kitchen/dining room.

This room steps down to the sun room and lounge area, both of which are very large and have 11’6’’ ceilings.

The top of the staircase leads to a wide landing which is lit by a big, bright window and this floor accommodates four decent double bedrooms, of which two are en suite.

The master bedroom has a full bathroom, with Jacuzzi, and both bathrooms on this level are fully tiled.

The house sits on a site of an acre, which is landscaped to a basic level, and comes with electronic entry gates.

The selling agent, for this original one-off is Billy Casey of Casey and Kingston — and he’s looking for offers in the region of €650,000 for the property, which he says is within 15 minutes of Blackpool in Cork city.

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