Thursday 23 November 2017

Renovated Edwardian in Co Offaly

Innisfree, Tullamore €485k

Innisfree was built in the early 20th century and has been recently renovated inside and out
Innisfree was built in the early 20th century and has been recently renovated inside and out
The open-plan dining room and kitchen at the back of the house

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.

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