The fact that there are no light switches in 9 Ard Abhainn is due to the fact that it is a smart home – which is quite unexpected for a mid-range three-bed house. -terrace in the village of Knockraha.
“There is smart technology to control the heating and lighting, including the 60-inch-long recessed fire in the living room and the mood lighting in the kitchen dining area,” the auctioneer reveals Joe Organ who, citing a £285,000 guidebook, says it’s probably the most high-tech house he’s ever listed.
It belongs to a Belgian couple who bought it new 15 years ago and made significant changes to make it a high-tech and ultra-contemporary house.
As well as installing a home automation system, they also replaced the standard white single-glazed windows with charcoal gray windows, and installed gray vertical radiators, interior white glass doors on the ground floor and sliding doors upstairs, and have created a large contemporary open plan. elegant and high-tech kitchen-dining room.
“All the ceilings and some of the walls have laminate panels, which means they never need to be painted,” says Mr Organ, explaining that the owners – one working in IT and the other as a carpenter – did much of the leveling themselves.
Modifications have included the installation of a soundproof door in one of the bedrooms to make it a home office, as well as the conversion of the attic into a basement/office/playroom.
Having now decided to move back to Belgium, the couple are selling their home with most of its contents – which include a 65-inch wall-mounted TV in the living room as well as a six-seater corner sofa, dining table and chairs. dining room, kitchen appliances, and some bedroom furniture.
Noting that the three-bedroom smart home is stylishly decorated and has an improved B2 BER rating, Mr. Organ says it’s a property with a wow factor.
The kitchen and living room are surprisingly modern. The forward saloon is dominated by the huge TV screen, while the long inset fire and mood lighting give it a very 21st century look. The decidedly contemporary kitchen features sleek gray handleless units with a matching island, silver and gray mosaic tiled backsplash, black sink and worktops.
The room’s color scheme is predominantly gray – which is used in the ceiling panels, laminate flooring and on some walls – but the mood lighting that surrounds the TV and kitchen units brings in bright colours.
There are no curtains or light switches in the kitchen diner, but all windows and patio doors have Venetian blinds, and there is also an electronically controlled blackout cinema blind on the front window to provide extra darkness for watching movies.
The ground floor also has a guest WC, while upstairs the owners have rearranged the layout slightly removing the heat press to create additional bedroom space. To the front there is a double bedroom with a modern tiled bathroom, as well as a single bedroom which has a built-in desk as well as a soundproof sliding door with privacy glass.
At the rear, another modern double bedroom, as well as a contemporary bathroom with a 6ft long shower with light sensor.
A second staircase leads to the converted attic which, like all the rooms in the house, has laminate paneling on the walls and floor as well as storage. “It’s modern and maintenance free and has been used for gaming and watching TV and is a great space to relax in,” says Mr Organ.
To the rear of the property there is a lawned garden and beyond there is parking with two designated spaces.
Within walking distance of the shops in Knockraha village, Ard Abhainn is 8 km from Glanmire village and 14 km from Cork city centre.
Mr Organ says the high-tech, mostly furnished property is energy efficient and easy to maintain and could appeal to a young couple, family or downsizer.
VERDICT: A very smart home
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