Rehabilitated 1970s bungalow is now a fine 21st century home
'Philipsburgh', The Rath, Co Dublin €670k
The task of rehabilitating a 1970s bungalow is not one for the faint-hearted. Countless homeowners would baulk at it, or would decide to half-do it instead.
Ripping out sinks in the bedrooms is straightforward enough, for instance, as is replacing a peach bathroom suite. But what about tackling inadequate wiring, or adding extra bathrooms, or improving the dismal 1970s standards of energy-efficiency? It all starts getting very pricy, and very disruptive, very quickly.
The owners of 'Philipsburgh' at Rath Lane in north County Dublin, were not daunted, however, and they have managed to drag their 1970s bungalow, kicking and screaming if you will, into the 21st century.
First off, there's the energy efficiency, which entailed pumping the external cavity walls, insulating the attic, adding triple glazing, and installing a new condensing boiler.
That has paid off, in that 'Philipsburgh' now has a B3 energy rating. The place has also gained a voguish, open-plan kitchen, dining and living room extension at the back, measuring some 26ft by 21ft, where there's a cream fitted kitchen with wood countertops and a double sink.
The room is lit by a rooflight as well as a corner of windows with French doors to the acre of gardens. An arched double door leads from here into the front living room, where there's a multi-fuel stove in the fireplace.
An inner hall leads from the kitchen to two of the bedrooms, and the other three bedrooms are left of the entrance hall, with one en-suite. The floor area totals 2,138 sq ft.
If you travel for 10 kilometres in a southeasterly direction from here, you'll reach Dublin airport - handy for when it's overseas amusement you're after.
And when you want amusement at home, you can travel for about 20 kilometres in the opposite direction and reach Tayto Park.
'Philipsburgh' is for sale for €670,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Swords (01) 890 0944.