Saturday 23 March 2019

Take in the views of Clare hills and hear the grass growing in Kinvara

Lisheeneenaun, Co Galway €475k

This architect-designed house is 3,228 sq ft.
This architect-designed house is 3,228 sq ft.
The kitchen with a vaulted ceiling

Although they're growing in popularity internationally, green roofs have not really caught on in Ireland. Here they're thought of, rightly or wrongly, as either too expensive or demanding of too much maintenance, and there may be a lingering fear that the roof could fall in and leave you with a bedroom full of grassy sod.

One option, if you're afraid to go all out, is to start small. The owners of a detached house at Lisheeneenaun, near Kinvara in Co Galway, did this by putting a green roof on their garage.

The house was designed by its owner, who is an architect, and it's a timber-frame construction with an exterior partly clad in limestone.

There are other design flourishes too, not least the sunken seating area in the garden which should keep those Galway Bay winds out of your hair.

The kitchen with a vaulted ceiling
The kitchen with a vaulted ceiling

There's a lot of glazing indoors, to make the most of the view west towards the Clare hills, but there's zoned oil-fired heating and a C2 energy rating, so you won't feel the chill.

The main living room is an open-plan kitchen and family room off the marble-tiled entrance hall.

The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and is kitted out with beech cabinets and granite worktops. The room is triple-aspect and has a solid-fuel stove, and there are doors to both the garden and to an adjoining sun room, also with a marble floor.

The ground floor also has a study and one of the five bedrooms.

The other four bedrooms are upstairs, including the master bedroom which has an en suite shower.

The house measures 3,228 sq ft in total.

It's less than three kilometres from here to the seaside village of Kinvara and about half an hour's drive to Galway city.

The agent is Yvonne Sweeney (091) 795 698 and the asking price is €475,000.

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