Energy efficient in Beaumont

Two houses are on offer in the same part of the mature Cork suburb, writes Tommy Barker

A NEW-BUILD, and an as-good as new build, are on offer to home seekers for the New Year at Lissadell, in Cork city’s mature Beaumont suburb.

Building firm MOS, who usually do commercial projects and renovation work on older buildings, were behind the purchase of a tired semi-d in Upper Beaumont Drive a few years ago.

They re-did the house from top to bottom, addressing all issues of its age, and brought it up to modern day comforts and standards, along with a B2 BER rating. Then, they added another house onto it side gable wall, building a second home with an even better B1 energy rating on this corner site.

Now, they’ve both up for sale, each priced around €330,000, and each coming with compensating assets.

The larger, at 1,770 sq ft, is the original four-bed semi-d at 31 Upper Beaumont Drive, but now it is effectively mid-terraced as a result of being built onto.

Yet, it has independent retained lane access to the south-facing back garden, so it’s easy to get bikes, fuel and more around to the rear—- where there’s a large new added on single and part two-storey extension, effectively your contemporary open plan kitchen/living/dining room.

Its accommodation includes a front 15’ by 11’ sitting room with gas fireplace, that big 24’ by 21’ living/kitchen/diner behind. In between this house’s front and back living spaces is a multi-use (but windowless) room, suitable as a study, possible play room, or very large store/utility, although there’s a second utility elsewhere off the kitchen. There’s also a guest WC, and upstairs are four bedrooms, two of them sharing an en suite, plus main family bathroom, and apart from the gas central heating, there are solar panels for water heating.

With a similar level of finish, the house next door, called Lissadell, is marginally smaller, at 1,550 sq ft, but is still a four-bed, with one en suite, and main bathroom, and has a big open hall, with large, wheelchair friendly guest WC — but this house has no utility room.

It has off-street parking in front, with a slender side garden and small back garden, facing south. www.mos.ie has further sales details and images.

VERDICT: Both houses will be very energy efficient (accessible attics have 300mm of insulation). easy to heat and basking in hot water from the sun, in a settled suburb with a bus stop by the door, and a public park close by.

Location:

Beaumont, Cork

Price:

€330,000

Size:

1,770/1,550 sq ft

Bedrooms:

4

BER rating:

B2/B1

Broadband:

Yes, with CAT 5 cabling

Best feature:

Energy efficiency

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