UNTIL a Dutch architectural technologist got his hands on it, No 7 Leeview Court in Cobh was a standard three-bed semi-d, exactly like many other estate properties built around the country in the 1980s.
But in 2004, the architectural technologist and his Irish wife set about enlarging and contemporising the house with open plan space, energy efficient features, modern fittings and furniture and giving it a stylish 21st century look.
Seen from the front, it hasn’t changed all that much, although it does have an extension, a smart modern grey door and is probably the only house in the park with a flat porch canopy.
The hallway has been updated with dark grey polished porcelain tiling and two glass panelled doors.
It’s not until a viewer enters through these doors into either the kitchen or the sitting room that they realise how far this house has moved on from the 1980s.
Fashionably decorated in grey and white, the kitchen has sleek, handleless high gloss white units, hardwood worktops, glass cupboards, integrated appliances, and dark grey polished porcelain floor tiles.
Open plan with the kitchen is a dining area which is similarly sleek and minimalist with polished floor tiles, a tall modern radiator and a wall of windows with a patio door in the centre.
Contrasting with the dark polished floor tiles are white walls to which the owner has added just a hint of grey to take away the sterile look.
In order to achieve clean modern lines, he plastered over the fireplace surround in the dining area and painted it white (with a hint of grey) to ensure that it blends in seamlessly.
The wall that used to divide the dining room from the front sitting room was knocked and replaced by an archway.
Fitted with an engineered grey timber floor, the sitting room is also stylish and contemporary with an angular modern coffee table in the centre.
Against the grey and white of the room, a Rubics cube ottoman provides a splash of multicolour.
The extension was used to enlarge the kitchen and also to provide space for a guest WC, a small utility room and a playroom at the front.
Upstairs the owners added on a timber floored en-suite master bedroom. The original bedrooms, two doubles and a box room, have been decorated in neutral shades, except for the boys room where the occupants insisted on a blue wall and patterned curtains.
The bathroom has also been given a contemporary look with a glass sink and upgraded with a Jacuzzi bath.
The extension was built in 2006 and the owners carried out further renovations last year. Replacing the double glazing at the front with triple glazing and adding an energy efficient boiler, they upgraded the BER rating to a B3.
The garden at the back reflects both the owner’s modern taste and his dislike of gardening. One side has cobbled paving and the other smooth grey Indian sandstone slabs.
On the patio, there’s grey timber cube which looks like a garden feature but turns out to be a dog house, possibly the coolest in the neighbourhood. There’s also a blue tree house on stilts and a shed.
One of around 25 houses built around a green area, the property is located within a 10-minute walk of Cobh town centre and train station.
Trevor O’Sullivan of Coldwell Banker Carlton Estates says he has been inundated with requests to come and view the stylishly remodelled property which is on the market with a guide of €250,000.
Affordable opportunity to get an architecturally redesigned home.