Victorian Character Adds New Charm



When architect Greg Tisdell and the builder of 190 Collins Avenue in Beaumont were working on the design of 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 is an enclave of four-bed energy-efficient homes with the charm and character of a late Victorian northside redbrick terrace, elements of the arts-and-crafts era from properties in Ballsbridge, and railings echoing those of neighbouring period homes on Collins Avenue.

Tisdell 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, which have just been put on the market, have red-brick 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 timber, albeit treated and painted and with double glazing. Hedging flanks each front gravelled driveway, while the fenced back garden has a patio and wall lights.

The four new homes, built on the site of two dilapidated bungalows and a yard, are almost identical.

Each has 1,582 sq ft of space laid out over three floors and are selling for €649,500 apiece, though two of the properties have already been reserved.

On entering each house, there is 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. Glazed double doors lead to the kitchen/dining room, which has a custom-designed timber fitted kitchen from Tierneys with a white marble counter and a Smeg cooker. French doors open from the dining area to the patio. A guest toilet with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware and a tiled floor completes the downstairs accommodation.

On the first floor is a utility room, built-in shelving and storage, as well as three bedrooms, one of which is ensuite. Indeed, would-be purchasers can use this bedroom, with its bay window, as their master ensuite, or opt to turn the feature attic room and ensuite on the second floor into the master, the selling agent says.

All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes. Central heating at the A3-rated homes is provided by an air-to-water heat pump system.