River Bandon as part of this architect-improved home after RIAI “Simon Open Door” consultation paid off

There are a number of elements vying for the distinction of best feature at Riverview, but surely the winner is its terrific relationship with the surrounding landscape and a B3 BER.

River views….

A clever architectural overhaul has rotated the house so that its main living space now overlooks the Bandon River, seen through a wall of glass that makes up the entire gable. Off this wall of glass is a balcony suspended above a cantilevered platform, which is the perfect height to take in the river scenery.

Front extension with balcony
Front extension with balcony

The balcony is also sheltered, as it sits in the recess between the giant peak and the overhanging roof. And even though it’s about a meter off the ground, it’s safe as houses, thanks to a protective glass railing.

The house that Riverview is now is nothing like what it was when it was built in the 1970s with little ambition to maximize the stunning panorama. The intervention of architect Louise Sliney changed that.

Liz Payne, the woman who bought the house over 25 years ago when it was a nondescript one-storey house, did so because of the riverside location in Kilmacsimon , on a 0.4 acre elevated site. She said it when her home was featured in The Sunday Times Last year.

Well connected, old and new
Well connected, old and new

“I called it my old man’s bungalow because it was one of those single-storey rectangular residences.

“But I knew straight away it was the one for me because of its position overlooking the river and the fact that it was quiet. It felt like such a quiet and peaceful place. I knew I would be happy here,” she said.

Ms Payne, who has Welsh connections, had the house for 20 years before embarking on the project that would transform it.

Simon says... Make yourself at home?
Simon says… Make yourself at home?

She decided to take the opportunity offered by the Simon Open Door initiative of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland, where owners can have a one-hour consultation with a registered architect, in return for a fixed donation. to the charity for the homeless. Although she didn’t have a specific plan in mind, she knew she wanted something original and not “something out of a book”.

After doing some homework, she chose local architect Ms Sliney, based in Kinsale, and it snowballed from there, with help from Ms Payne’s cousin Tim Williams, a procurement expert .

Mezzanine in the new wing
Mezzanine in the new wing

Ms Sliney visited the sloping site and saw huge potential in the setting. Back then, the house was a series of small rooms, the garden was overgrown and there were terraces that never got the sun.

Mrs. Sliney set out to address the shortcomings of the bungalow and came up with a design that took the house down to the river.

Raised
Raised

She added a new single-storey block perpendicular to the original building, creating a T-shape, with rear bedrooms and the main day accommodation in the new block. Essentially, she completely repurposed the house to accommodate the views and transformed Riverview into a bright, modern home with a seamless connection between indoors and out.

You can dine on the view
You can dine on the view

Work began in 2017 and was completed in March 2019, but unfortunately for Ms Payne she was only able to enjoy her new home for a few years as she passed away last July. Her cousin, Tim Williams, who invested in the project and helped her select a builder, said they liked the work of Patrick Dwyer of Knockleigh Construction so he won the tender.

The result is a stunning 219m² four-bedroom home, which does a great job of making the most of the view over the River Bandon towards fields of green and sometimes golden, depending on the season, says Tim. As the river is tidal, the views are constantly changing. The orientation means that the east-facing balcony receives the sun in the morning and the two terraces receive it throughout the day.

The look of the house is simple and attractive: a no-frills exterior at the back and a cedar-covered block facing the river, topped with a zinc roof. The entrance porch leads to a hallway that connects the two blocks. A large bay window frames a view of the garden at the entrance. A left turn to the main accommodation opens up to a view of the river through the giant gabled top of a sunken living room, three steps down from the kitchen.

Cooking by David Kiely
Cooking by David Kiely

The David Kiely (Carrigaline) fitted kitchen, down three steps from the hallway, is under a mezzanine, from which there are more great views across the top, as well as an upstairs room to relax and also for a home office, with a storage room. Two velux windows enhance the great brightness.

Downstairs storage includes a pantry (Mrs. Payne loved to cook, but she also liked to keep her kitchen clean, so the pantry was put to good use) as well as a laundry room.

The dining room is open to the kitchen and is surrounded by windows with a sliding door opening onto one of the two south-facing limestone patios.

Internal Long Flue Stove
Internal Long Flue Stove

The second patio, which is contiguous to it and located below, is accessed by doors leading to the living room, a double height room with vaulted ceiling and a wood stove with exposed flue and natural light saturation.

The four bedrooms, in the original bungalow, are of a good size and two are en-suite. One has a floor to ceiling corner window overlooking a very pretty woodland scene and flower beds and it also has a glazed door to the outside. Mrs. Payne called it the “forest room”.

Everything in the house is high end and well finished and there is a luxurious feel too, thanks to features such as underfloor heating downstairs.

Passive design principles, high levels of insulation, an airtightness strategy and triple-glazed windows ensure that the B3 listed building is highly energy efficient.

An electric air-to-water heat pump reduces energy costs, Williams adds.

His own background is in eProcurement systems in the public sector: he ran the government’s eTenders website for a time, through his company, Aberdeen-based Millstream Associates, which was acquired for 15 £.5 million by Proactis six years ago.

He is now enjoying his retirement and with sailing high on his list and a home in Scotland, he doesn’t need a home in Ireland.

Riverview is on the market with co-agents Savills and Kinsale-based auctioneers Sheehy Brothers and they say the house, which is in a mature and private setting surrounded by woods and fields “is an ideal family home, suitable for traders and those looking to relocate to this fantastic location”.

A tidal section of the River Bandon passes Kilmacsimon
A tidal section of the River Bandon passes Kilmacsimon

The indicative price is €925,000.

Michael O’Donovan of Savills points out that despite its rural setting, Riverview is only a 15-minute drive from Bandon or Kinsale, while Cork Airport and Cork City are 35 minutes by car.

He expects interest in Riverview to include overseas buyers.

VERDICT: Riverview is perfectly positioned to make the most of its greatest asset: the river views. The high concentration of glazing ensures that these views can be enjoyed from all the main living areas. A cracking swap family home or holiday asshole for someone looking for a luxury pad near Kinsale. Turnkey.

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