Wednesday 24 May 2017

From 'part deco' to triple deck

D6 home renovated to accentuate its period deco design

The front of the 'part deco' home
The front of the 'part deco' home
The double-height atrium hall with its ceramic tile floor
The modern open-plan kitchen, diner and living space
The rear of the property extends to three storeys
The sitting room
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

Dublin has its fair share of much loved marine-styled Art Deco-era homes, but until about 15 years ago, they went largely unappreciated - spurned even - by buyers in fear of flat roofs and iron-framed windows with a dreaded single glaze.

By the mid 90s, as the property market began to take off, the original 1930s features, which gave them their modern pizazz when first unveiled back in the day, were rusted or cracked or vandalised by unwitting renovators of the 80s and 90s who installed UPVc with gusto.

But as the property boom kicked off and buyers became more interested in contemporary architecture, a renewed appreciation of 1930s marine style art deco abodes grew. Slowly, locals began to appreciate their value as landmark buildings of style and, gradually, top-end buyers began acquiring them for serious restoration.

Vergemount Park in Clonskeagh, Dublin, a 1930s street of nineteen Art Deco homes, is an example of how demand has changed and how these homes have ended up both restored with a design premium on price.

The double-height atrium hall with its ceramic tile floor
The double-height atrium hall with its ceramic tile floor

In many ways, the original designers of these houses hedged their art deco credentials against traditional Irish tastes.

A closer look reveals that the marine-swept white frontages barely conceal regular apex rooflines - so no flat roofs around here.

Last year, No1, the largest house in the cul de sac, and the only one to retain its original 1930s windows, was sold for €1.072m, having been offered for sale at €975,000. The year before, No18 sold for €1m. Now No7 is on offer, seeking €1.45m.

Number 7 is located in the older Dublin 6 portion of Clonskeagh, near both Ranelagh and Donnybrook. This home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two main receptions. And while the windows here are double glazed alu clad versions, they are close in form to the originals, which, in turn, echoed the swept guard rails of cruise ships.

The house has been significantly extended in the back to take the accommodation to three floors and accentuate its art deco credentials further - the original 'part deco' design had these homes looking rather flat and ordinary in the rear.

The work has also added a great deal to the internal floor space - at 2,723 sq ft, this house is now well over twice the size of an average city semi.

The modern open-plan kitchen, diner and living space
The modern open-plan kitchen, diner and living space

The double-height atrium hall, with its ceramic tile floor, has a neat three-flight stair, with the metal slat-lined window lighting the way on the return. This leads through to the sitting room and sliding doors, in turn, take you to the family room, with still more sliders taking you into the more modern kitchen/breakfast room extension.

There's an enclosed side passage along with a utility room and a shower room on the ground floor.

A big attraction here is the modern open-plan kitchen, diner and living space. This comes with a marble tile floor with under-floor heating. There's a central island unit with a stone worktop, a one-and-a-half-bowl sink unit, a Rangemaster six-ring stainless steel gas range with double oven, stainless steel extractor hood and a Neff dishwasher. A glazed sliding door takes you to the granite terrace outside.

On the first floor, there are three large double bedrooms and the master bedroom chamber comes with its own ensuite and dressing room. The family bathroom is also on this floor. The top floor contains a substantial open-plan studio (22ft x 24ft) currently serving as a fourth bedroom and this has an ensuite shower room off it.

This space can used as an extra large bedroom suite or subdivided to make two rooms.

The second floor also has a storage room which could also be reworked as an office or a study. For a 1930s house, the BER is a respectable C2. Vergemount Park is within walking distance of Donnybrook, Ranelagh and Milltown villages, with their well appreciated range of restaurants, bars and specialist shops.

Also within reach are the Luas stops at Milltown and Beechwood.

The house is two and a half miles from Stephen's Green, permitting a walk to work for more vigorous types. Schools in the area include Gonzaga, St Mary's, Alexandra College, Muckross Park, and UCD Belfield has a Clonskeagh campus entrance.

Clonskeagh is also convenient to Ireland's most popular shopping centre and adjoining cinemas in neighbouring Dundrum.

Agent Lisney seeks €1.45m for this revamped example of a triple decked 'part deco' home.

7 Vergemount Park,

Clonskeagh, Dublin 6

Asking price: €1.45m

Agent: Lisney (01) 6624511

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