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Chic and airy extension in Dublin 7 could be yours for €425k

15 Villa Park Drive €425k

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

The current owners of this modest 1950s terraced property enlisted an architect to extend it.
The current owners of this modest 1950s terraced property enlisted an architect to extend it.
The open-plan kitchen, living and dining room in the extension.

Number 15 Villa Park Drive, off the Navan Road in Dublin 7, is a good example of what you can achieve if you take a modest, 1950s terraced property and add an imaginative extension.

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The houses on this street have the advantage of overlooking a pleasant public green area to the front, and of being less than 200 metres from Phoenix Park as the crow flies.

They're modestly sized houses though and are crying out to be expanded.

The owners of Number 15 enlisted an architect to design their airy and chic rear extension in 2011.

It consists of a large, open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room, measuring 19ft by 26ft7, and it has taken the overall floor area of the house up to 1,119 sq ft.

This room is floored in walnut, with matching walnut countertops in the fitted kitchen, and has sliding doors opening into the lawned back garden.

The original living room is still there, at the front of the house, reached by folding doors from the extension, so you can unite all the reception rooms to make one large entertaining space, or close the doors when you want to sit by the living room stove and enjoy a bit of privacy.

The ground floor also has a wet room with a rainfall shower, and there's a second bathroom upstairs along with three bedrooms with wood floors.

Above that, the attic has been converted to a skylit room with views of Phoenix Park, with an en-suite shower room off it.

The house's energy efficiency has been given an upgrade too, with heavy duty insulation and solar panels, so it now has a B3 rating - unusual for a house of its era.

Number 15 Villa Park Drive is for sale for €425,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Drumcondra (01) 837 3737.

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