Colourful and compact terraced house on Commons Road, Cork

The owners of 63 Commons Road in Blackpool shopped at IKEA - and came away with the joy of colour.

Blackpool, Cork €179,000

Size: 86 sq m ((930 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER: Pending

Best feature: Live life in full colour 

Along with floral curtains, stripey wall paper and funky furnishing, they also stocked up on the joy of storage, as they turned what was once a very ordinary three-bed end of terrace house into an attractive, quirky and very functional home.

Colourful and compact terraced house on Commons Road, Cork

The striking yellow and purple frontage heralds this is not an average house. When the owners started to paint it a passerby shouted out that they had bought the wrong colour! 

Seven years on they say the neighbours use their home as a local landmark.

The owners keep a photo album showing what the house used to look like, entitled ‘the little house of horrors.’ 

It shows a drab grey exterior and a dark interior with flowery carpets. 

“The kitchen had just a sink and a cooker and wasn’t even mentioned on the brochure,” reveals the man of the house who bought it in 2006. 

Colourful and compact terraced house on Commons Road, Cork

An engineer with carpentry skills, he met and married his Spanish wife during the renovations.

Gutting the house back to bare walls and timber joists, the owner used tradesmen for the wiring and plumbing but made the architraves and carved the stairs himself.

By 2008 when the couple moved in, the house had new double glazed windows, radiators, doors, flooring and shaker style kitchen units. Initially the walls were white and the furniture was sparse. 

While awaiting the arrival of the first of their five children, the couple took the first of many trips to IKEA They decorated one room at a time and have only recently finished the last bedroom. 

“You need to live in a house for a while to know what you want,’’ observes the lady of the house. 

Eschewing the timid approach to colour often adopted by Irish people she chose a strong vivid colour for one feature wall in every room.

Colourful and compact terraced house on Commons Road, Cork

In the sitting room there is a tarragon green wall and a chimney-breast wallpapered in a deeper shade. The oak floored room also has cabinets from a well-known Scandinavian store and a stone fireplace.

The deep orange on the kitchen wall is picked up by vivid floral curtains. Storage is supplemented by larder units also originating from a Swedish home furnishing store.

In fitting out the understairs area, the owners went above and beyond the joy of flat packed storage. 

Maximising space in a 930 sq ft house, the man of the house built three pull-out drawers for the usually unreachable areas and also found room for an understairs guest WC. 

The upstairs bathroom has a shower as well as a modern square sink and an enamel bath which were intended for a hotel. 

Colourful and compact terraced house on Commons Road, Cork

Equipped to sleep four children with a bunk, a pull-out bed and a small bed, the second room is filled with Scandinavian colour and storage units. In the box room the décor is even livelier.

The back yard is a testament to what you can fit into a small space. 

It has painted and dashed walls, with raised flowerbeds planted with jasmine and a graveled area with a trampoline. There’s also a timber lumber store and a pergola to hide unsightly bins. 

Using ingenuity and corrugated plastic the owners covered the side passageway, creating a space where washing can dry and even more items can be stored.

Guiding at €179,000, the property is being sold by Bowe Property who describe it as a gorgeous home with a continental flair, just a ten minute walk from the city centre

VERDICT: A testament to the joy of colour and the joy of storage.


Frits Potgieter is General Manager with Muckross Park Hotel and Spa.You've Been Served: Frits Potgieter, Muckross Park Hotel and Spa

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