Saturday 17 March 2018

Family houses 20km from Dublin

Churchfields, Ashbourne, Co Meath


A second phase of three- and four-bedroom family houses has been released at Churchfields, a development beside the town centre in Ashbourne that's catering to demand in the Greater Dublin commuter belt. The Co Meath town (population 14,000) is just 20km north of Dublin city centre.

Some 45 homes at Churchfields were sold after the scheme launched after October Budget Day, when the Government introduced a help-to-buy scheme for first-time buyers that will give a tax rebate of 5pc of the purchase value of a new home. Built by Cairn Homes, the stock-exchange-listed builder, the development will have 300 homes when complete. In the newest phase, 20 homes will be available to buy.

There are four main house types available in the upcoming release, with plans to build four- and five-bed detached styles in a later phase. Prices start at €272,000 for the three-bed, plan H two-storey homes, which measure 1,160 sq ft, and at €295,000 for plan D, 1,258-sq ft version. The four-bed, semi- detached two-storey homes that belong to plan C cost from €340,000 and extend over 1,463 sq ft, while a three-storey version of the four-bed, from plan C1 spanning 1,883 sq ft, costs from €380,000.

High-performance windows are designed lower to the floor to maximise the light streaming into each house. The interior features that come as standard at Churchfields include contemporary kitchens with gloss doors, an island or peninsula unit, underfloor heating, and separate utility rooms. From the ground floor, which has 9ft ceilings, there is a staircase with a hardwood handrail. There are solid-timber painted doors and contemporary grooved architrave and skirting throughout.

The main bathroom, downstairs WC and ensuites will have tiling to the wet areas, fitted showers, sanitary ware and natural Skytube lights. All the plans, except for type H, will have a convertible attic space: the roof trusses have been designed for future conversion, with a pull-down attic ladder.

The homes at Churchfields have an A3 building energy rating and come with roof-mounted PV panels, a high-efficiency gas-fired boiler, a demand- control ventilation system that ensures an automatic supply of fresh air without letting heat escape, and an insulated airtight design. Running costs for households at Churchfields are less than €2 a day for heating, hot water, lighting and ventilation, according to guidelines on standardised occupancy by the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland.

The showhouses are open from 2.30pm to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

Enquiries to: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402 or REA T&J Gavigan (046) 9023232

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