Monday 26 September 2016

Ready-to-go conversion

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

The Beechpark homes are aimed at families.
The Beechpark homes are aimed at families.
The kitchen in the show house of Beechpark

Beechpark, a development in the north-east Kildare commuter town of Leixlip, was designed with growing families in mind: the houses have attics that can be converted to an extra bedroom and there is a crèche and Montessori on site.

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The three and four-bed semi-detached properties launched as part of the newest phase at the scheme in November have sold out, but Kilbegnet Developments is now releasing 12 terraced homes in the estate.

Kilbegnet began building work on Beechpark in 2005 and multiple phases have followed.

The developer typically builds and releases as many as 15 Beechpark properties at a time, the selling agent said.

The latest release, a series of three-bed mid-terrace homes and three and four-bed end-of-terrace homes, will be completed between April and August.

A three-bed mid-terrace house with 1,166 sq ft worth of living space costs from €270,000. The three-bed end-of-terrace properties, which span 1,212 sq ft, are priced from €305,000, while prices for the four-bed, 1,453-sq ft end-of-terrace houses start at €359,950. All will have either east or south-facing gardens and are next to an open green space, making them ideal for young families.

The exteriors have a red-brick façade with cream concrete trim, windowsills finished in granite stone and there is maintenance-free rendering to the rear and sides. There are cobble-locked driveways out front that are separated from neighbouring properties by planted shrubbery.

The concrete block homes, designed by architects McCrossan O'Rourke Manning, have uPVC double-glazed windows and a heavy-duty hardwood front door with brushed chrome handles and a multi-point locking system for added security.

Timber side-gates and double-doors from the kitchen/living area lead to a fenced rear garden and a patio. There is a Little Harvard Creche and Montessori within the development.

Space has been maximised at each of the Beechpark homes through higher-than-average ceiling heights of three metres on the ground floor and convertible attic spaces of 338 sq ft to 475 sq ft, depending on the house type.

The roof structure has been engineered to accommodate a soft spot for Velux roof lights and a soft spot in the first-floor ceiling for stairs, saving money and time for a buyer who wants to expand into the attic at a later stage.

Each house comes fitted with a fireplace already wired for an electrical fire. The three-bed properties have a Durrington Jurastone fireplace, complete with black slate inset and hearth, while the four-bed versions are fitted with a Durrington polished Portuguese limestone fireplace, black slate inset and hearth.

The kitchens are by Nolan Kitchens, and the fitted wardrobes in each bedroom are Kashmir Shadow from the Curragh Deluxe range at Cawleys Furniture. The kitchen units in the three-bed end-of-terrace homes are from the Oriel High Gloss & Ebony Kitchen range.

They also have a butcher block-style counter-top and an integrated bin system with pull-out storage units.

In the four-bed properties, the kitchens are from the Horizon range and have a Sand Wisp lacquered finish with recessed handles, and a Mosa quartz counter-top.

The utility rooms in all house types have a worktop and broom cupboard and are plumbed for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Other internal finishes include moulded skirting and architraves, and hardwood handrails for the staircase.

High levels of insulation and air tightness, PV solar panels to generate electricity, a heat recovery ventilation system that provides a constant stream of fresh air, and high-performance glazing all contributed to the homes earning an A energy rating.

Beechpark is located a few minutes' drive from the M4 motorway and there is a train station at Louisa Bridge.

The show houses at the development are on view tomorrow and Sunday, from 2pm-4pm.

Three and four-bed Beechpark abodes built with attic revamp in mind

Beechpark,

Leixlip,  Co Kildare

Asking price: €270,000-€359,950

Agent: DNG New Homes (01) 4912606

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