Mini Development in Dublin 4
Numbers 11 and 13 Bath Street in Ringsend, which launched this week, are two beautifully restored properties, almost fully rebuilt by Centurion Homes, who worked with interior designer Niamh MacGowan on the project.
The two houses "were completely derelict", says Mark Leonard, who with his cousin Noel Barry has run Centurion Homes since the company's inception several years ago. "Put it this way, I imagine they were built previously, but their latest incarnation was turn-of-the-century. For example, the toilets were outside. When we bought them, they were completely derelict, open to the elements for up to 20 years."
To comply with conservation demands, they kept the original facades, removing the shop front on one house and adding an attractive pink render to both. Internally, however, the layout was changed radically. "They kind of encroached upon each other, one building went under, and the other one went over, in two of the rooms," recalls Mark. "In one of the houses we were unable to get upstairs at all, because the stairs had completely rotted over the years."
Both houses come to market this week at €640,000. Number 11 is end-of-terrace, approximately 129sqm with a BER rating of B3. Number 13 is mid-terrace, approx 143sqm, with a BER rating of B2.
What the team has created is two three-bedroom homes, both with en-suite master bedrooms and downstairs WCs. One house remains as open-plan, with living area, dining room and kitchen, the other house has had the front living room separated from the dining room, but with the thinnest of dividing walls, and, says Mark Leonard, removing them would be a small job. Two ground-floor rear extensions of 20sqm were added to house the kitchen and a small utility room. French doors open on to the south-west facing courtyards, which include raised beds around the perimeter, planted with low-maintenance perennials.
Sliding sash windows throughout hark back to the origins of the houses. Niamh MacGowan's approach has been to create "a pared-back, very simple, relaxed, calm interior. But as usual using as many natural finishes as possible". Oak, birch, ply, wool, tweed and velvet have all been used, as well as brass for all the window fittings. Both houses include multi-fuel stoves in the original hearth. Upstairs are three double bedrooms, one en suite, and a main bathroom.
Centurion Homes bought this site several years ago. Now, says Mark, it would be "absolutely impossible" to buy a similar site. "If you find an infill site, you're paying top, top dollar. From a developer's point of view, you can't make any money. So anyone who's buying an infill site is buying it for themselves to build a house to hang on to. We can make money because we bought this a couple of years ago, that's the only reason. If it was now, no chance."
Agent: Lynam auctioneers (01) 296 5374
Viewing: By appointment.