Unique design for €950,000
Light-filled house in Glenageary with four-five bedrooms
Brandon, a most unique 240sqm (2,582sq ft) house lies on the sleepy Station Road in Glenageary. The current owners, architect and interior designer couple, Michael and Sarah Brock, of MacKenna Brock – specialists in ecclesiastical and heritage architecture – built the property in 1988 on the site of the old orchard of Adelaide House next door.
The design has influences from the couple’s two favourite architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and Nordic modernist Alvar Aalto, which has resulted in a light-filled home built in harmony with the surrounding environment filled with blonde wood interiors and bentwood furniture. The couple went so far as to bag rub the red-brick exterior giving it a character similar to the period houses on nearby Marlborough Road, and pitch the roof at similar angles to St Paul’s Church, which is visible from the rear garden.
The property is built on the edge of the road and faces entirely to the rear, which maximises the light and use of the south and east facing garden.
A lovely wood and brick conservatory runs the length of the property housing the couple’s grape-producing vine and overlooks a lily pond filled with purple irises.
The focal point of the livingroom is a fireplace with an elevated mantle, the hearth of which has antique tiles. glass shelving floods the room with light from the conservatory.
The kitchen in solid maple was designed by Michael and handmade by Brogan Jordan joiners and features a picture window overlooking a specimen Acer Palmatum. A small breakfast area off the kitchen has wraparound windows and access to a sunken al fresco dining area in the garden.
The diningroom is the centre of the house and has an imposing staircase leading to four bedrooms, all of which are bright and have basket-weave, sea-grass flooring.
There are two further rooms downstairs, both of which are currently used as offices and could, if new owners wish, be used as bedrooms.
The gardens are mostly lawns with raised beds interspersed with patios and specimen trees, and were designed by Arthur Shackleton, who has overseen important garden restoration projects, such as Dromoland Castle in Co Clare and Butler House in Kilkenny.
The Brocks are starting a new project next door and have placed their home on the market to be auctioned on May 28th with an AMV of €950,000 through estate agent Lisney.