Renovated Edwardian in Co Offaly
Innisfree, Tullamore €485k
Innisfree is one of a pair of Edwardian semi-detached houses at Clonminch Road, near the centre of Tullamore, Co Offaly. It's marked on the second-edition OS map (surveyed in 1910) when it was brand new.
It was bought by the current owners in 2013, and they set about a massive renovation inside and out, even establishing a blog to document their labours.
They put in high-grade insulation, dry-lined it, rewired and replumbed it, plastered it, and converted the attic. They also added a single-storey extension at the back for a new kitchen, replacing the tiny galley kitchen in the old house.
The floor area is now 2,195 sq ft, and the energy rating is a creditable C3. There are still plenty of authentic features though, respecting its early 20th-century origins. These include high ceilings, sash windows, original floorboards and a blocked-up fireplace restored in local brick. Inside the front porch there's a wood-floored entrance hall with the living rooms to the right of it. At the front of the house is a sitting room with a bay window and marble fireplace. Beyond this is a lounge, with steps down from there through an archway to the open-plan dining room and kitchen.
The dining area has the restored brick fireplace and patio doors to the garden. The kitchen is Shaker-style and has a centre island with a breakfast bar under a skylight. There's another sliding patio door at this end of the room.
The first floor is split level, with a bedroom and bathroom on the return and three more bedrooms on the first floor proper. The main bathroom has a laundry chute leading to the utility room downstairs. At the top of the house, via a spiral staircase, the converted attic is floored, carpeted and lit by a skylight.
Innisfree is for sale for €485,000 with DNG Kelly Duncan (057) 932 5050.