Monday 20 November 2017

New home view: Scheme hints at heritage

Commuters can convert attic space to make room for large fifth bedroom on third floor

The exterior of the house at Knocksedan Demesne in Swords
The exterior of the house at Knocksedan Demesne in Swords
The living room leading into the dining/kitchen area

Gabrielle Monaghan

During the Noughties, some 150 homes were built on the former estate lands of Knocksedan House, an imposing Georgian residence built in the 1760s in the farming landscape west of Swords.

Knocksedan, as the eponymous boom-era scheme was called, was set on the R108 between Dublin Airport and Roganstown Golf and Country Club. In 2014, as the property market began to recover from the crash, building at Knocksedan scheme resumed, with a new section called the Knocksedan Demesne - a name that hints at the site's heritage.

Visitors to Knocksedan Demesne are greeted by an entrance with hand-built stone walls and pillars. The development is set amid a landscaped grass lawn peppered with tall mature oak trees. The new estate, which will have 200 houses when it's finished, saw a new release of 15 properties last weekend. Some 50 house-hunters showed up at the showhouse, most of whom were local trader-uppers or first-time buyers.

Of the 15 houses in the latest tranche, 14 are four-bed semi-detached dwellings priced from €460,000 to €470,000. A single detached house, costing €570,000, was among the seven properties reserved at Knocksedan Demesne after the initial viewings.

The living room leading into the dining/kitchen area
The living room leading into the dining/kitchen area

Remaining buyers of the four-bed semi-detached homes would have plenty of room to improve: each house measures 1,593 sq ft over two floors, but would-be residents have the option of expanding the property into a three-storey, five-bed house. The four-beds are being sold with full planning permission to extend into the future-proofed attic space, thereby increasing the total floor area to about 1,991 sq ft.

This option to transform the attic into a third floor with a large master ensuite bedroom costs an extra €30,000.

Fire doors have been fitted to the common areas in case the new owners opt to carry out an attic conversion themselves at a later stage.

The exteriors of the block-built homes are finished in a combination of monocouche self-coloured render and stone cladding, with chalk-coloured uPVC passive windows from Munster Joinery. The rear garden and sandstone patio can be accessed via a side gate or patio doors from the kitchen diner, and is surrounded by timber fencing.

Inside, the high-gloss German kitchen comes with modern worktops, appliances, and cabinets supplied by Timbercraft. The contemporary-style bedroom wardrobes from Kube also have a high-gloss finish, while internal doors are in an oak shaker-style. Likewise, the design of the bathrooms and ensuites are all based on clean lines, and the wet areas are fitted with European tiling.

The homes were designed to have an A2 BER thanks - in part - to the PV solar panels that produce heat and hot water for free during daylight hours via a heat pump. An additional heat recovery ventilation system is optional. There is underfloor heating throughout the ground floor of each home.

For commuters who buy at Knocksedan Demesne, a long-awaited extension of the 41x bus to the estate was added in January to the service that connects Swords with the city centre and UCD finally. Swords is just 4km from Dublin Airport and 14km from the city centre.

The showhouse at Knocksedan Demesne is open again this Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm each day.

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