Hidden chic in Drumcondra after transformation by architects
73 Hardiman Road €450k
The houses at Hardiman Road in Drumcondra, Dublin 9, are famously popular with young families. They're in a pleasant part of town, they're affordable (relatively - this is Dublin after all), and they're just about big enough to accommodate a couple with one or two nippers.
But Number 73 is an interesting example of what you can achieve when you take a small, unpretentious house and throw big, expensive ideas at it.
This modest little terraced home has been transformed inside under the ministrations of architects Lawrence & Long. With only 1,001 sq ft of floor space, it's still a 'compact' house, as estate agents have it, but it's also extremely comfortable, bright and chic.
On the ground floor there's an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen running the full length of the house. The living room has an antique fireplace and a polished concrete floor, which continues through the whole area. The kitchen has granite countertops and dove-grey cabinets with a turquoise splashback. At the end of the room there's a floor-to-ceiling window and a French door to the garden.
Also on the ground floor there's a utility room and a guest toilet, while upstairs are two bedrooms, including the master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe. The main bathroom, with a bath and separate shower, is also on this level, and there's another room above that at attic level.
Number 73 is pretty energy-efficient too, with double-glazing and underfloor heating, and has a C1 energy rating.
Having gone to so much trouble with the house, it's likely the owners didn't have the energy for a demanding back garden. It's mostly paved in Indian sandstone and has an astroturf lawn, while the front garden is given over to parking. The agent is DNG Phibsboro, (01) 830 0989, and the price is €450,000.