Thursday 17 October 2019

Trip the light fantastic in Goatstown's energy-efficient daughter-house

Lumière, 42A Drummartin Park €850k

Lumière has a total floor area of 1,916 sq ft.
Lumière has a total floor area of 1,916 sq ft.
The spacious kitchen and dining room

It was back in 2011 that planning permission was granted to build a new two-storey house in the side garden of 42 Drummartin Park in Goatstown, Dublin 14, and the place was finished in 2013.

There's nothing unusual about people building daughter-houses in their gardens: why not, if you'd like to raise a little money and the planners are sympathetic?

What is perhaps a little unusual in this case is that the house in question, 42A Drummartin Park, is bigger than its parent.

No 42A is known as Lumière, the French word for light, which is fitting both because the house is full of daylight and because its owners are French. They bought the place in 2017, planning to experience Irish culture with their children for a few years, and are now moving onto their next adventure.

The spacious kitchen and dining room
The spacious kitchen and dining room

The place is detached and side-on to No42, which means it faces almost full south. There are no windows on the northern elevation (backing onto No42), which is no great loss, but you can't complain of a shortage of light from the south, west and east.

Left of the entrance hall on the ground floor is a dual-aspect living room with French windows opening west. There's a stove in this room but it's one that's airtight and energy-efficient, so as not to interfere with Lumière's up-to-the-minute A3 energy rating.

To the right there's a small study and then the kitchen and dining room, roughly 22ft square and also dual-aspect, with a vaulted ceiling and a wall of windows giving onto a sizeable side garden.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, the main one with an en-suite shower.

The floor area comes to 1,916 sq ft in total and there's also a converted attic measuring 258 sq ft.

Lumière is for sale for €850,000 with Janet Carroll (01) 288 2020.

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