Heron’s Wood home is Carrigaline House of the Week

A CONSIDERED, and well-implemented, side and part-rear extension, is part of the description given to 8 The Oaks by its selling agent Michael O’Donovan, of Savills.

Carrigaline, Cork €365,000

Sq m 167 (1,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: B3

He has just put the detached four-bed home in the Heron’s Wood scheme in Cork’s Carrigaline on the market, post-Christmas, as a New Year’s launch.

Had it come for sale before the hols, it would surely have featured on many families’ Santa wish-lists of places they’d like to hang their festive stockings, at the end of this year. It’s a fine trading-up option, guided at €365,000.

Now 10 years old, No 8 is indeed a well-extended home, with a rear sun room by an enlarged open plan kitchen/dining room, making for a very airy interconnected space.

It was originally built about four feet deeper than the standard house plan, to the owner’s request, back in 2004 by obliging builders Astra Construction, and this makes the sun room/kitchen nice and extra long.

Now in conjunction with the side add-on, which was done four years ago with about six- to eight-feet extra width broadening the dimensions, it all allows for a good flow from back door to utility/laundry and onto the play room, so free-ranging kids can be monitored as they move safely from inside play to back garden play spaces.

Next up, a set of glazed double doors leads to the more formal mid-house dining room, and another set beyond again opens to the front living room — a perfect party home for easy circulation.

This latter set of double doors is in solid pine: putting some glass in would give a bit of extra daylight to the dining room in between, and another Velux or two in the sun-room’s pine-sheeted ceiling would give another lift in the luminosity stakes.

The extension hasn’t been done with particular architectural bells and whistles which might rapidly date it and the preponderance of varnished woods (floors, doors, kitchen units, some ceilings) makes it all the more warm-looking and easy on the eye. Kitchen units are in oak, by Celtic Interiors, with a black granite top on a handily-set island.

Its seeming warmth is more than skin-deep too, as the home has been invested in, in recent times, with insulation upgrades, a new condenser boiler, it has a remote-controlled gas fire in the 14’ by 12’ living room and that all has paid off with a good B3 BER to its credit.

In addition, this above-average home has decent broadband (70mb), extra power points, many TV points, and an alarm, and currently has a wireless Sonos System for hi-fi in all rooms.

Even outside, the garden’s BBQ area has a double socket, and the solid-build shed tucked away in a corner also has power and is insulated, with a pitched, slate roof.

Externally, this handy shed is finished with fibreboard cladding, looking like lapped timber sheeting, and it has a concrete floor, workbench and lots of storage shelving to boot.

It’s very low-maintenance - as is the exterior of these Heron’s Wood homes, with wood-grain pvc double glazing, dash and warm feature tiling on the window bay.

Back inside, the open-flow main rooms are backed up by a slender play room to the front/side, which was added on around 2009, plus there’s a very useful utility and guest WC.

Now moving on to their third ( A-rated) new family home being built elsewhere in Carrigaline, the owners came up with the extension layout themselves having lived in No 8 since 2004, and they knew best what would work for them in terms of opening up a new flow of space for use by a bustling young family, with three children belting around, aged four years and under.

It’s probably a testament to the amount of storage options here that No 8 presents so well in the first few days after Christmas and after Santa’s been and gone leaving largesse in his wake (the shed’s handy for storing a surfeit of post-holiday recycling bags too, the Irish Examiner can testify.)

This accommodating detached four-bed home, now of about 1,800 sq ft, is brought to market as a walk-in job, which it really is, with new oak flooring in the hall, as a match for the quality solid oak flooring in the open-plan kitchen/dining/breakfast room, where all the day-to-day family living goes on.

No 8 The Oaks is within the popular Astra Construction Heron’s Wood scheme on the Cork side of Carrigaline and it has an unobstructed view over a green area, at the far end of a cul de sac road, with a good aspect, adds Mr O’Donovan, who says the back and sun-room extension gets sun from early morning and right through the day.

The views from the front are of lots of green space, and even the extra-deep back bedroom has a side view of communal green.

Sales of detached homes here in Heron’s Wood are relatively rare, so this one at 8 The Oaks is going to be in demand with families with active off-spring in tow, looking for a safe setting close to creche, gym, surgery and with all of Carrigaline’s other amenities (and new schools) all to hand.

It’s in walk-in condition: even the last festive shreds of tinsel have been taken down.

VERDICT: All wrapped up. Home for Christmas 2015.


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