1970s styles with a modern twist

Two spacious homes – one a light-filled house with mature gardens in Mount Merrion, and this one overlooking Powerscourt House – are fine examples of 1970s architecture


This house overlooks Powerscourt House and Gardens in Co Wicklow and stands at 3,500sq ft with landscaped gardens.

This is a good example of a house built in the 1970s that has had a recent facelift to bring it up to date. It would suit a family who treasure their privacy and enjoy their garden.

Built by the Price family, who run an interior design and construction business, the building was started in 1977 as a barn-type structure, which enabled additions to it as the family grew and finances allowed.

Recently redecorated, the house has a high-spec Gaggenau kitchen with Russian red deal beams and quartz tiles underfoot.

The kitchen leads to a dining area with great views and access to the gardens. The deep windows and large doors by FGM are in a lovely grey hue and give the house a light-filled, airy feeling.

The livingroom has a modern fireplace with a Jetmaster fire, which maximises heat output by drawing in cold air and expelling hot air through vents at the top. The hearth is flanked on each side by firewood niches.

The house is largely open plan and the only doors are those for the bedrooms, bathrooms and to the exterior.

There are four good-sized bedrooms downstairs, with one providing access to a private patio. In a mezzanine upstairs – the second stage of the original build – there is a large office, an equally large television room, a games room, a sauna and a huge amount of storage space.

The property sits on a two acre site that has now been divided into two sections. The house, on 1.2 acres, is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald with an asking price of €995,000. The son of the current owners is building a home on the 0.8 acre site.

According to the owner, the gardens require little maintenance as they are mature and all plants and trees are more than 36 years old.

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