Having lived at No 6 Eglinton Park for a number of years, the owners embarked on a renovation and extension programme that took nine months and cost, according to the agent DNG, more than €400,000. They moved back in to their transformed Donnybrook home in 2013, so buyers moving in now will get a modernised 1930s family house with 205.32sq m (2,210sq ft) that needs no work whatsoever – even the muted paint colours are perfect. Now, with an expanded family, the owners are trading up and this house is for sale for €1.3 million.
Architects Sheehan & Barry cleverly reorganised the space, renovating from top to bottom and adding an extension across the back and to the side without losing the house’s original prewar charm. These houses have wide halls, made even more welcoming by their particularly attractive front doors and side panels featuring the original distinctive stained glass.
The front room with its bow window opens into what would have been the dining room at the rear. This is now used as a playroom and it leads into the extension at the rear via a glazed sliding door. This is where any family will likely spend most time: a vast kitchen, living, dining room that wraps around the side, with a wall of glazed doors that fold back, a large lozenge-shaped roof light and side glazed panels. At one end is a seating area in front of a wood-burning stove, in the other the sleek Newcastle Design kitchen that has a breakfast bar, the usual range of integrated appliances and an Aga.
Building to the side of the house added an en suite bedroom upstairs and a utility and guest WC downstairs. Not all the garage was taken over for living space – a part of it was kept for storage. Indeed throughout the house storage is a key feature, with Newcastle Design installing custom-built, smart-looking timber cupboards and wardrobes in most rooms and in the landing and hall.
There are four double bedrooms – the main bedroom is designed as a bedroom suite with a walk-through dressing area leading to an en suite shower-room. The family bathroom has the same contemporary look as the en suites.
Some of the back garden was taken up with the extension but it’s still a fine size and was landscaped at the time of the renovation. There is off-street parking to the front. The house in a quiet cul-de-sac will appeal to families trading up looking for a turn-key house in a prime location in Donnybrook.