Often builders will engage an up-to-date interior designer to kit out a show house for maximum marketing impact. And because the success of the scheme is at stake, no expense is spared.
The designer who is called in will be trying for a “complete” look to dazzle those who come to view on the weekends that roll by until all, or most, of the houses are sold. And it’s time to flog the flagship.
To employ a top-end interior designer to give your own home a complete look can cost you €50,000 or more when the furniture and fittings which go with that “complete” look are accounted for.
So those who manage to acquire a show house will get that expertise, that look and those fittings if not gratis, then for far below cost. That’s why keen attention is expected for the show house at 190 Collins Avenue in Dublin 9, which owes both its architectural and internal look to one of Ireland’s best-known names.
This property is rather special because the look was provided by well-known architect and long time contemporary Irish furniture designer, Greg Tisdall.
It is one of four period-looking homes which were completed earlier this year at Collins Avenue, and launched in September.
Half are sold and now the show house is available. Unlike buyers of “blank canvas” homes, the purchaser of this house gets the high-end carpets, curtains, light fittings and all the modern appliances that have been installed throughout to sell the scheme.
Offers can also be made for most of the moveable furniture currently present, save for a few special pieces loaned privately.
When Tisdall and the builder of 190 Collins Avenue were working on the design of the four new terraced houses for the site, they exchanged photos of period features they liked across a slew of Dublin suburbs.
The result of their work was the enclave of slightly Edwardian looking but high energy-efficient, four-bed homes with the charm and character of a late Victorian northside redbrick terrace.
And because of Tisdall’s craft background there are also elements of the arts-and-crafts era from properties he has worked on in Ballsbridge, and railings echoing those of neighbouring period homes on Collins Avenue.
Tisdall, from Studio D Architects, says: “We have a big interest in the Victorian suburbs of the northside and we paid a lot of attention to the sense of detail that you see in older Dublin homes and seems to be missing in newer homes.”
The completed row of homes on Collins Avenue have redbrick façades with Flemish bond brickwork, a gable over the bay windows to the ground floor and first floor, glazed panelling over and to the side of the front door in the recessed porch, and granite to the windowsills and door reveals.
The window frames are painted and treated timber with double glazing. Hedging flanks each front gravelled driveway (a buyer also benefits from the landscaping), while the fenced back garden has a patio and wall lights.
The four new homes were built on the site of two old bungalows along with a yard which were acquired by the builder. The four are almost identical and two have been reserved. The show house obviously has the benefit of a full floor, tile and soft fit-out. Each has 1,582 sq ft of space laid out over three floors.
The accommodation at the show house includes a recessed entrance porch leading into a hallway with panelled walls, an integrated vanity mirror and under-stairs storage.
The living room has a painted timber fireplace with a log-effect electric fire and a slate hearth, combining energy efficiency with period detail.
There are glazed double doors leading to the kitchen/dining room, which has a custom-designed timber fitted kitchen from Tierney and this comes with a white marble counter and there’s also a Smeg cooker. French doors open out from the dining area to the patio.
A guest WC with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware and a tiled floor completes the downstairs accommodation.
A new trend for laundering upstairs sees a utility room on the first floor that comes with a Bosch washing machine and tumble dryer, built-in shelving and storage, as well as three bedrooms, one of which is en suite. Indeed, would-be purchasers can use this bedroom, with its bay window, as their master en suite, or opt to turn the feature attic room and en suite on the second floor into the master, the selling agent says.
All the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.
Good news for the future owners’ pockets is the high energy rating of this property, at A3, with central heating provided by an air-to-water heat pump system. The house is for sale at €649,500 and viewings of the show house can be arranged by appointment through Gallagher Quigley.
The Show House
190 Collins Avenue, Beaumont, Dublin 9
Asking price: €649,500
Agent: Gallagher Quigley, (01) 8183000