Tenter filled with light

Dublin 8 property has been transformed to spacious and light-filled three-bed home

Number 45 Clarence Mangan Road lies in the heart of the Tenters in Dublin 8, and has been completely transformed from a modest 75sq m house to a spacious 106sq m (1,140sq ft) light-filled family home.

“There was a dark lean-to kitchen at the back and we stripped the whole house up to the roof line – we even removed the ceilings,” says the current owner who purchased the property in 2005.

An extension, designed by engineer Robert Lally was added to the rear which now houses a large open-plan kitchen and dining area. The addition of light boxes in the roof plus double-glass patio doors now floods the room with light.

The high-gloss kitchen features high-end Miele appliances with warm travertine flooring and opens out to a maintenance-free rear garden.


"We used Sanctuary Synthetics in Naas to design the rear garden – it was like a garden makeover programme; what was just a space with a few pebbles was transformed into a child-friendly garden almost overnight," says the owner.

Synthetic lawn

The garden now has a curved synthetic lawn – which requires no maintenance and is mud free, surrounded by walls of bamboo, with simple plantings and a sandstone patio.

To the front of the house lies a study and living room. Some neighbours have knocked through these rooms to allow a more generous living space, but as is the study can also work as a playroom or fourth bedroom.

Upstairs are three bedrooms – two doubles and a smaller box room – and the family bathroom.

The property, in turnkey condition will suit a family who wish to live close to the city, and is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald with an asking price of €450,000.