IN THIS increasingly conservative market the trend is to improve, rather than move.
Putting money into an existing property reaps benefits and in the long term it should realise its value in a sale, but in the short term, there’s all that gratification.
And, as this house at Barry’s Boreen in Fermoy shows, you don’t have to have a particular type of house to get a certain look.
‘Scairtín’ was purchased by the vendors as a standard bungalow and then they set about changing it to their requirements. And what a change.
They added on and opened up, and must have spent a small fortune on the bathrooms — they’re not run of the mill and they are most certainly luxurious.
Initially, they added a two-storey extension at the rear and the house was given a ‘face’ with a porch at the front, but that hardly does justice to the brave new world inside.
Enormous funds were also poured into the kitchen: this brazenly scarlet room is a top of the range Scavolini, whose exuberance is dimmed by black granite worktops and grey quartz flooring.
The centre point of the room is the six-burner Neff stove with wafer-style canopy overhead, but as well (and you showroom habitues can do the sums), there’s a Neff steam oven, heating drawers, a convection oven, microwave and built-in coffee maker — all a bit Starship Enterprise for the hob and oven majority.
The kitchen connects to the living room which, at 14’ by 20’, is a large space and has direct access to a big, sandstone patio at the rear. This room is used as a formal dining room at present.
The sitting room, on the other hand, is a warm and cosy room, despite its 23’ by 15’ dimensions. Floored in a run of solid walnut, it has a big, sandstone fireplace and contemporary units in white. Soft brown leather and recessed lighting add to the overall feeling of comfort.
Across the hallway is a small study, and adjoining an en suite bedroom. Both rooms open onto a large circulation area which doubles as a library/den and behind which is a staircase hallway.
Access to the ground floor of the new extension is from here, and most of the space is given over to a very grown-up and impressive, master bedroom.
It comes with a walk-in wardrobe, French doors to the aforementioned patio and a very swish bathroom in black and white.
Fitted with a high gloss unit in white with black granite worktop, it comes with two recessed sinks and a multi-jet shower unit.
White walls, black opalescent tiling and striped Roman blinds pick up this binary scheme.
Overhead, the space fits three double bedrooms, one of which is en suite with a funky pink gloss unit, and the main bathroom on the floor doesn’t disappoint either — it’s finished in blue highlights.
All the bathrooms were imported, but sourced from Fermoy, and they are certainly worth noting in a source book.
The pity is that now all the work is done the family are off to Australia, leaving this stunning house behind.
Scairtín is on the market with Michael Piggott of Sherry FitzGerald O’Driscoll for offers in the region of €700,000.