House of the week

THERE’S a lovely modern take on the traditional two-storey Irish country farmhouse here at this one-off family home in Cork’s Grenagh — so it’s no surprise to find it’s had an architect’s input all along the way.

The bright 2,100 sq ft home, finished with the best of stuff and on a three-quarter acre site 15 minutes from Cork City off the Mallow road, is offered for sale fully furnished as its owners have relocated already to West Cork — and the showhouse quality home is on offer for a modest-seeming €360,000 via selling agent Terry Hayes of REMAX.

Design is by architect Anthony O’Sullivan, who via the design firm RORSA also did a lot of contemporary vernacular style houses for developments like the walled garden rental houses in East Cork’s Castlemartyr Estate, and here again he’s made good use of different window sizes and treatments to maximise light, and create viewing points — corner windows are a bit of a speciality too.

Located on a flat site at Ballymorisheen, a couple of miles from Grenagh, this two-storey home is block-built under a slate roof, with part-zinc box dormers as a bit of contemporary flourish, and the double height entry hall — hinted at from a tall window over the door — then picks up the pace, soaring 20’ to ceiling height, and pierced by a chandelier for nighttime light, and by a skytube for extra daylighting catching as well.

The stair treads are in cherrywood, starting the theme of quality internal woods and joinery, with some teak floors, cherrywood and beech doors, and cherry is used again for flooring the four bedrooms, one with a fitted en suite, the other plumbed for a future en suite, while the fully-tiled main family bathroom has a whirlpool bath.

Ground floor rooms include a high-impact, practical red gloss kitchen with Miele appliances, island, tiled floor and timber floored dining space by a corner window with forest views beyond.

The house’s main living area has a fiery red chimney breast with integrated fireplace stove, teak floor, surround sound system and flat screen TV, 5 amp lighting and patio access via double doors, and there’s second family TV/reception room, with built in units. There’s also a very practical, large, utility room, and tiled guest WC.

Decor is assured and quietly assertive, with subtle use of strong blocks of colour and some design features. All tiling (bar the kitchen splashback’s brave red tiles) and flooring is low-key and won’t date. Overall condition is turnkey, says REMAX’s Terry Hayes.

VERDICT: Just about everything has been thought of in this affordable detached one-off, and the site is rural but not remote.

The fact it is furnished already makes it even better value.

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