Scandi styled 'blank canvas' on the market in D3 for €2.5m
A Clontarf Arts and Crafts fusion comes with bright Scandi styling
The Fiat 500 and BMW Mini are classic car designs which have been revived anew with aplomb, practicality and success for the modern era.
Both echo the familiar styles of old favourites upon which each is based, but have also been updated for modern motoring requirements and technologies.
It's not so easy to reinvent the wheel in housebuilding - to which legions of gauche Irish faux Georgians of the 1980s and 1990s can attest. But now and again someone gets it right. In this vein, architects Tyler Owens have revived the principles and looks of the early 1900s Arts and Crafts movement in a pocket of north coastal Dublin.
For the last few years, the young firm headed by Jason Tyler and Peter Owens has been turning out a distinctive strain of one-off luxury homes which, by shape and form, are wholly in the well loved Arts and Crafts style popular between 1880 and 1910. This kicked off to promote quality materials and handmade work as a backlash against plummeting factory produced standards. The distinctive style is for gable-fronted homes with wood panelling and joinery, stained glass and expert brickwork.
But like the BMW Mini, the houses at Seafield, Howth and Mount Prospect Roads are a bright modded-up and functional nod to the genre, blending bespoke craft principles with modern cutting edge energy-saving technology along with some bright Scandinavian and French licks.
The latest Tyler Owen crafty mods are a trio completed at Seafield Road. These have been developed by a couple as a way of providing their own dream home. In 2011/2012 when the market in Dublin was at rock bottom, they bought a 1.6ac plot with permission for seven new homes with the intention of building their own.
Rather than sell the surplus land, they opted to install two more houses. They'd take the largest for themselves and rent out the smallest. The middle-sized property of 4,500 sq ft - (four times the size of an average semi) - would be sold to help reimburse costs.
So here it is - just on the market and ready to move into - Danesville is a vast bespoke blank canvas of Arts and Crafts forms but with Scandi whites and creams instead of deep wooden hues and the very best in energy saving technologies.
Like its siblings, Danesville has wide window panel belts across its receptions, ornate chimney stacks with receding layers and some herringbone brickwork of the sort not seen in these islands since Edward VII. The receding windowsills and window surrounds are Breton influenced and hand carved from yellow granite, and there's a 'home counties' style miniature red roof tile. The internal wall panels were hand made on site, the floors are solid American oak (but bleached).
There's underfloor heating, the Hamptons-style kitchen is handmade by Rhatigan and Hick. The hall is double sized and 27ft high, as is the main reception with beams in native oak. The house is uber insulated with geothermal heating, solar panels and a heat recovery system. This gives a BER of A2 and the expectation of a €1,000 per annum bill for heat and hot water rather than the €1,000 per month you'd usually get from a home this size.
There are four bedrooms, all with bespoke built-in wardrobes, two with ensuites and a dressing room off the master chamber. The marble-floored kitchen is the size of a small ballroom. There are three reception rooms and a small cleverly concealed 'secret' CCTV control centre and panic room. Cut-stone fireplaces have sealed gas fires installed and there's a central vacuum system and Carlson aluclad timber windows.
Arts and Crafts, but not as we know it.
Seafield Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3
Asking price: €2.5m
Agent: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818 3000