Wednesday 25 January 2017

Live and learn in Hayfield

Hayfield, Maynooth, Co Kildare

Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30

Hayfield homes are fitted with high-performance windows and solar panels.
Hayfield homes are fitted with high-performance windows and solar panels.
A heat-recovery system supplies fresh air to living rooms.

New homes in the charming university town of Maynooth get snapped up pretty quickly, especially by commuters to Dublin seeking affordable houses with good transport links to the capital. The launch last weekend of Hayfield was no exception, with developer Westin Homes racking up 17 sales.

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This mix of two-bed, three-bed and four-bed townhouses on Maynooth's Straffan Road will extend to about 65 units when it's completed. The first phase of homes at Hayfield will be finished early next year, when Westin Homes plans to release another tranche.

At present, there are three house styles to choose from at Hayfield, namely The Rye, The Meadow and The Orchard, with a fourth style, The Clover, coming to market at a later stage. Show houses for The Rye, a two-bed townhouse, and for The Meadow, the three-bed end-of-terrace house type, will reopen tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm-4pm.

Prices for the two-bed townhouses, which each span 920 sq ft, start at €250,000, while the three-beds, which are laid out over 1,335 sq ft, cost from €315,000. The 1,525 sq ft four-bed Orchard house types are priced from €375,000.

The exteriors have low-maintenance brick and render finishes with sandstone window surrounds, complemented by silver granite paving on the footpaths and on the rear patio. The internal walls have been plastered and painted throughout. The rear gardens, which are top-soiled and seeded with grass, have side gates and concrete block walls that are capped and plastered. There are attic trusses in the Rye, Clover and Orchard house types, as well as fold-down attic stairs, flooring and lighting.

The interiors include elegant high-quality fitted kitchens and wardrobes, fireplaces supplied by Lawlor Fireplaces in Churchtown, and fitted storage units in the utility room. The stylish bathrooms and ensuites come from Ideal Standards and include a range of sanitary ware and fittings, with wet rooms and tiled floors in the ensuites.

The low-carbon houses at Hayfield have an A3 energy rating, courtesy of features designed to cut the cost of heating and hot water production. The homes are fitted with high-performance windows that are far more efficient than traditional double glazing and high levels of insulation designed to reduce heat loss through floors, walls and roofs. Air-tight membranes ensure the dwellings are draft-free and heat does not escape from the fabric of the building.

There is also a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system that extracts warm air from kitchens and bathrooms and supplies fresh air to the bedrooms and living rooms.

Solar panels have been fitted to the roofs to generate hot water stored in the hot water cylinder, and PV solar panels generate electricity. Low emission argon-filled windows help to reflect heat back into the room, and there is a gas-fired central heating system with an A rated gas condensing boiler operated by multi-zone controls.

Maynooth itself is a hub of learning - as well as NUI Maynooth, there are primary and secondary schools near Hayfield, with plans for another secondary school and playing fields in the works.

The town is linked to Dublin by rail, bus and motorway. Maynooth is also popular with residents who work at large companies that have operations in Kildare, such as Intel and Hewlett Packard in Leixlip and Kerry Group in Naas.

Enquiries to: REA Coonan (01) 6286128 or info@coonan.com .

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