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    aparto brings student living to new heights at The Loom, opening this September in Dublin

    Experience vibrant student accommodation at aparto’s brand new student residence, The Loom. Book with confidence, flexible cancellation policy, get up to two weeks free rent and there’s a group booking offer.
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    The Loom, aparto’s brand new student residence, will open its spacious, state of the art accommodation to students from far and near this September, on Cork Street, Dublin 8. Students will feel inspired, become  part of a thriving community and enjoy living in colourful and versatile surroundings.

    Although we’re living in uncertain times, aparto wants to ensure that your transition into college life and search for accommodation is as easy as possible this year.
    Voted two years in a row as the Best Private Student Halls Provider in NSHS 2019*and 2018*, offering private student ensuite rooms in shared apartments. With residences  Binary Hub, Beckett House, Dorset Point, and their brand new residence opening in September– The Loom.

    BEDROOM
    It’s not just 166 comfy ensuite bedrooms on offer at The Loom. Students will be welcomed by a friendly team and enjoy unwinding in a plethora  of contemporary indoor and outdoor landscaped spaces. Each aparto residence is an award-winning destination where students are supported, encouraged, and made to feel at home.

    COMMON SPACE 
    The common space is a great place to socialise and for students to meet like-minded friends, feel inspired at events and enjoy the ultimate student experience throughout the year. In the event of a small group event the dining space can be separated from the main space and pool area.
     
    GYM
    This gym is ideal for beginners to advanced gym-goers. It is the perfect place to keep fit and active, with surround sound allowing students to listen to their music and concentrate on their workout.
    ROOFTOP TERRACE
    The rooftop terraces are an outdoor oasis all year round – with panoramic views overlooking the Dublin city landscape. A great area for students to support their wellbeing, feel energised, socialise, enjoy some fresh air or sunshine.

    STUDY SNUG
    On each floor there is a small room hidden away for a bit of privacy. These snugs are designed to allow students a quiet space to study, create podcasts, tiktok content, or simply enjoy collaborating with a friend!

    CINEMA
    The cinema is the luxurious centre of the common spaces, for cosy movie nights with friends, to PS5 gaming competitions, karaoke or presentation preparation work.

    EXPERIENCE AND WELLBEING PROGRAMME   
    Not forgetting aparto’s awesome experience and wellbeing programme, which takes place throughout the year in the common spaces – from cook alongs to interior styling sessions, cocktails to career demos, modern macrame to calligraphy and from power-up Pilates to hiit workouts (virtually at present)!  Student residents will find lifelong friends and have experiences that will shape the rest of their lives. This is evident even during a Pandemic, from the minute students arrive, aparto is a resource, a base, a home, and a friend.
    LIFESTYLE / Courtyard  

    So, what’s not to love and what are you waiting for?
    Visit our website to find out more about The Loom

    Your stay will include all of your bills, plus so much more:

    A great social and wellbeing scene, with events and activities throughout the year. (virtually at present!)
    Lots of inspiring spaces to enjoy: common spaces, cinema, onsite gym, games courtyard, rooftop terraces
    Speedy WIFI
    Private study and podcast pods
    Laundry facilities
    Expert friendly team
    24-hour CCTV
    Ample bike storage
    Access to our mental health partner supports through JIGSAW and Kooth student platform – offering aparto residents anonymous, friendly, secure online counselling, peer-to-peer support self-care help and advice.
    Increased Covid safety measures

    aparto also wants to remind students and parents that as the Leaving Cert and International Travel plans are still unclear. If you need to move in early, there’s up to two weeks FREE rent, they will be offering free cancellation up until 31st July 2021. T&C’s apply
    The Loom is offering students and parents the opportunity to avail of a 360 personalised virtual tour via Zoom. With fully furnished apartments ranging from four to eight bedrooms. The aparto team want to help you find the best fit possible and welcome you for when college starts in September 2021.

    Whether you’re planning to head to BIMM, Griffith College, NCAD, RCSI, TU Dublin, Trinity College, to name but a few, The Loom’s location is ideal making sure you’re close to your college, the city and or the sea side with great public transport options!

    BIMM – 3 minute by bike or 8 minute walk
    TU DUBLIN Aungier St 5 minute by bike or 12 minute walk
    Griffith College – 7 minute by bike or 12 minute walk
    NCAD – 8 minute by bus and 12 minute walk
    Trinity College Dublin – 10 minute by bus or 20 minute walk
    DBS  5 minute by bike or 18 minute walk
    Royal College of Surgeons -10 minute walk
    UCD – 25 minutes by bike or 42 minutes by bus

    Current Offers at aparto*

    GROUP BOOKING OFFER – Book an apartment with at least 1 other friend & get a €250 voucher each! Code: TEAMAPARTO. T&Cs apply.
    Need to move in early? Get up to 2 weeks’ FREE rent if you move in early. Limited availability.
    Book with confidence – free cancellation on all 2021 – 2022 bookings until 31st July. T&Cs apply.
    Studying any healthcare course– ask about aparto’s medical student rate*.

    The aparto residence are like families, and if you are living with aparto – we want you to feel like part of the family too! More

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    Be at the heart of the community in Ledwill Park

    If the recent lockdowns have thought us anything it is how important community is.
    Situated beside Kilcock GAA Club in Co Kildare, the Ledwill Park development from Glenveagh Homes guarantees to put you in the heart of the community.
    Originally launched in spring 2019, the development has been a resounding success with around a third of the approximately 430 homes planned for Ledwill Park sold to date.

    The Sparrow in Ledwill Park

    While the last year or so has been difficult for everyone, Ledwill Park is the ideal place to plan your future – with plenty to see and do on your doorstep.
    Kilock as a location has much to option. The town is a rare example of a town where a road, a canal, a railway and a river run side-by-side and with this comes great amenities and transport services to the area. The Irish Rail service runs from Kilcock to Dublin with the Intercity train taking approximately 45 minutes to Connolly Station. Kilcock train station is less than a 10-minute walk from Ledwill Park.

    The kitchen in The Sanderling

    The M4 interchange is less than a 5-minute drive from the development and the travel time to Dublin city centre off peak is 40 mins (35 km) via the M4. Dublin Airport is also just a 30-minute drive from Kilcock. Bus Éireann also has regular services through routes 115 and 115A running from Dublin to Mullingar via Kilcock.
    There is also an abundance of schools in the area. Kilcock has three primary schools, Scoil Choca Naofa, St. Joseph’s BNS and Gaelscoil Uí Riada and is home to secondary school Scoil Dara, located on Church Street.
    Maynooth University is also located 5km east of Kilcock and is easily reached by both train and car.

    The master bedroom in The Sanderling

    Kilcock also has a wide variety of trendy eateries, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. You can enjoy a quiet intimate drink in one of local pubs including; O’Keeffe’s, Murphy’s & The Gregory. Or why not have a lovely tasty homemade breakfast at the weekend in either The Blackforest Café, Timeless or the award-winning Rye River Café. The high acclaimed Bujolle Bistro also serves the finest French Cuisine each evening.
    There are also a wide number of sports clubs and recreational facilities in the area including Kilcock GAA, Kilcock Celtic Football Club, Kilcock Canoe Club and the North Kildare Club which is a sporting and clubhouse facility that houses cricket, hockey, rugby and tennis all under one crest.

    The living room in The Sanderling

    In late 2017 the Royal Canal Greenway section between Kilcock and Maynooth was also completed allowing walkers and cyclists to avail of the canalside amenity which will eventually when completed link Dublin City to Athlone.
    The setting is one thing but the homes in Ledwill Park are also innovatively designed to deliver super living accommodation and bedroom space.
    Ledwill Park comprises 2, 3, 4 & 5-bedroom terrace, end-terrace, semi-detached and detached homes, located within the townland of Branganstown, a short stroll from the town centre.
    Ledwill Park offers modern homes to those starting out or seeking a larger home within a thriving community approximately 35km west of Dublin. These modern homes are ideal for those starting out or seeking a larger home within a thriving community approximately 35km west of Dublin.

    The exterior of The Starling

    All Ledwill Park homes benefit from superb contemporary style kitchens from Gallagher Kitchen, along with stainless steel sink featuring an elegant swan tap, shaker style wardrobes and cobblelocked driveways to name but a few features.
    Ledwill Park also has the added benefit of being an A3 rated homes which incorporate sustainable and renewable technology, resulting in lower energy costs. All homes are constructed with a high level of insulation in floors, walls and roof structures. Heating is thermostatically controlled by using a heat pump system to maximise your comfort.

    The living room of the Moorhen

    The various house types are as follows:
    Sanderling AThe Sanderling (A) is a wonderfully designed 3-bedroom semi-detached property. At approx. 110sqm / 1,184 sqft these homes are ideally size for couples or families.

    The exterior the Sanderling (A)

    On entering the Sanderling (A) the hallway leads to a large living room with an elegant bay window. The guest WC is positioned just off the hallway. At the rear of the property there is a well-proportioned bright and spacious contemporary kitchen with dining area and direct access to the rear garden through French doors. This house type also benefits from the inclusion of a utility room which offers counter space and is plumbed for washing machine / dryer.

    The kitchen in The Moorhen

    Upstairs, the landing guides you to 3 family bedrooms and a master bathroom, 2 double bedrooms feature shaker-style fitted wardrobes. The master bedroom also boasts an en-suite. The family bathroom is beautifully presented with tiling and 3-piece bathroom suite.
    Externally the Sanderling (A) is presented with a half brick render finish, composite front door and cobblelock driveway.

    The bedroom of The Moorhen

    Sanderling (B)Before entering the Sanderling (B) you are greeted with a stunning fully bricked exterior with composite front door and cobblelock driveway.
    The Sanderling (B) is a superbly designed 3-bedroom semi-detached property of approx. 108sqm / 1,162 sqft. The design of the Sanderling (B) allows sunlight to engulf each room of the home, no matter the aspect.

    Another bedroom in The Moorhen

    Downstairs, the living room located to the front of the property boasts a large window, creating a bright, light-filled space. The large kitchen / dining area is located to the rear of the home and benefits from a utility room. The contemporary shaker style kitchen coupled with breakfast bar really does make this room the heart of the home. The kitchen also has direct access to the rear garden through double doors.
    Upstairs, the landing guides you to 3 family bedrooms and master bathroom, 2 double bedrooms feature shaker-style fitted wardrobes. The master bedroom also boasts an en-suite. The family bathroom is beautifully presented with tiling and 3-piece bathroom suite.

    The exterior of The Moorhen

    The MoorhenAt approx. 106sqm / 1,141 sqft the Moorhen is a perfectly sized, 3-bedroom semi-detached home. Externally, the Moorhen is finished in full brick with composite front door and cobblelock driveway. Internally, the home has the living room located at the front of the home with a large window. The position of the stairs in the Moorhen is different to other 3-bedroom homes in Ledwill and allows for an extra-large utility room located off the kitchen.
    The contemporary inviting kitchen is located at the rear of the home. This well-proportioned bright and spacious room comes with dining area and direct access to the rear garden through double doors.

    The Dove and Sparrow

    Upstairs, you are greeted with 3 bedrooms, 2 of which are double rooms with shaker style wardrobes and the family bathroom. The master bedroom is located to the front of the property and has an en-suite with enclosed shower.
    The StarlingThe Starling is the largest of our 3-bedroom semi-detached homes in Ledwill Park at approx. 114sqm / 1,228 sqft. This gable entrance, double-fronted home boasts an extremely large living area with dual-aspect windows ensuring maximum light.
    The large kitchen also benefits from double aspect light and direct access to the garden. The kitchen is finished with contemporary style cabinetry, recessed lighting and stainless-steel splashback.

    The master bedroom of the 4 bed Dove

    Upstairs, you are greeted with 3 bedrooms, 2 of which are double rooms with shaker style wardrobes and the family bathroom. The master bedroom is located to the front of the property and has an en-suite with enclosed shower.
    Externally, this double front home is stunning with a mix of brick and render finish, cobblelock driveway and composite front door.

    The living room of The Dove

    The DoveA spectacular example of a large 4-bedroom home. This home is approx. 172sqm / 1,841 sqft and spaced over 3 floors.
    The Dove is tastefully finished in half brick half render with cobble lock driveway.
    On entering the home through its composite front door, you are greeted by a large hallway. The living room is located at the front of the property and features a large bay window allowing light to flood the room. The guest WC is located just off the hallway, while the heart of the home, the kitchen, takes up the full width of the property.
    The kitchen / dining room is very large and boasts many features including; shaker style kitchen cabinets, recessed lighting and kitchen island. The Dove also features a good sized utility room.
    The first floor of the property comprises 3 double bedroom, 2 of which have built in wardrobes, while the master bedroom located to the front of the property also has an en-suite.
    The top floor of the Dove has a very large forth bedroom with ensuite and storage area. The Dove style home has understandably proven to be very desirable and is a must-see.

    The kitchen in The Dove

    The SparrowThe Sparrow is the largest of our 4-bedroom semi-detached homes in Ledwill Park at approx. 179sqm / 1,894 sqft. This gable entrance, double-fronted home boasts an extremely large kitchen with dual-aspect windows ensuring maximum light.
    The kitchen / dining room is very large and spacious boasting many features including; shaker style kitchen cabinets, recessed lighting and kitchen island. The Sparrow also features a good-sized utility room plumbed for washing machine / dryer.
    The living room located to the front of the property has dual aspect windows allowing for maximum sunlight to enter the room.
    Upstairs, you are greeted with 3 bedrooms, 2 of which are double rooms with shaker style wardrobes and the family bathroom. The master bedroom is located to the rear of the property and has an en-suite with enclosed shower.
    The top floor of the Sparrow has a very large forth bedroom with ensuite and storage area.
    Externally, this double front home is stunning with a mix of brick and render finish, cobblelock driveway and composite front door.
    To see all that these stunning Glenveagh homes have to offer log on to www.myhome.ie/4301663 or visit www.ledwillpark.ie. You can also contact Noel Duffy of Sherry FitzGerald New Homes on 01 6671888 or Eamon O’Flaherty in the Sherry FitzGerald Brady O’Flaherty office in Maynooth on 01 6510000 for more detail or to arrange a viewing. More

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    Creating a stylish home that will flow to work for all your needs

    Potential savings from a mortgage switch, combined with some additional funds, could be the way to create your ultimate interior scheme

    Sponsored by Ulster Bank

    Some of us have a natural eye for beautiful design and the know-how to create a well laid out home. But for many, expert advice is required in order to achieve a cohesive scheme that flows throughout.
    And so, in the final part of our Switch it Up series, in which we’ve tackled all aspects of the home improvement journey from kitchens and bathrooms to getting a better BER rating and looking at how renovations can maximise our space, we’re rounding out the series by talking to interior design experts who explain how form can follow function in our homes. Potential savings from a mortgage switch, combined with some additional funds, could be the way to create your ultimate interior scheme.
    An interior architect or designer can help enhance any indoor space, focusing on layout, spatial planning and conceptual design. We spoke with three designers who shed light on what you can expect from an expert in this field, while offering tips on how to enhance your home.
    Lauren Martin and Louise Rankin run North Design while Emily Cunnane heads up Inspace Design, both practices are based in Dublin.
    “We often see clients project managing their own renovations and coming to us mid-way through construction for help after some costly mistakes,” say Martin and Rankin. “Any project comes with its problems, but having an experienced, impartial body with your end goal in mind can help you manage these as they arise and save you money in the long run.”
    An online consultation is easily done. “You can ‘virtually’ walk through the space with the designer, pointing out the areas you wish to improve, any particular pain points, and any ideas you may have,” Cunnane says.
    While costs vary, she says, “In the long run working with a designer will often save you money as they will pass on discounts for products and let you into their little black book for tried and trusted tradespeople”.
    So what can an interior designer do for you? You don’t need to be undertaking a big project to work with one and often, many issues can be solved by reorganising your layout.
    A good interior designer will get to know you and how you live your life, and then spend time creating an environment that will enhance your day to day, Cunnane says.
    “A ‘broken plan’ layout is a cost effective way of opening up a space, and choosing the right furniture will have an enormous effect. Lighting is a key element which can change the feeling of an existing space entirely. Your designer will be able to help you maximise natural light as well as create an intelligent layered lighting plan to create spaces within spaces, and change the function of an area easily,” she says.
    Kitchens and bathrooms

    Opt for a couple of different lighting types in the kitchen. Photograph: Getty Images

    Kitchens and bathrooms are generally the rooms we want to maximise.
    “Layout and lighting are the two key elements,” Cunnane says. “In the kitchen consider running your units all the way to the ceiling if you are short on space. It will not only give you more long-term storage space but give the illusion of a higher ceiling.”
    Under cabinet lighting gives you visibility across your work surfaces and ambient light when you don’t want to use overheads. A feature pendant creates drama over an island or in the middle of the room.
    In the bathroom, wall-hung units can create a feeling of space. You could also consider unifying the finishes in a small room, such as using a micro-cement for all surfaces rather than a tile, Cunnane says. Opting for wall rather than ceiling lights can give a more polished feel too.
    Under stairs bathrooms can prove tricky for home owners, according to the team at North Design.
    “The layout in these spaces are usually quite restrictive, and this tends to reflect in the design too. There is so much potential to make these spaces something special. You could introduce a bright patterned tile with a strong colour on the wall. This always ends up being a pleasant surprise for your guests,” they say.
    Making the most of awkward spaces
    Sometimes the introduction of an open plan extension can leave a void in the centre of the house where there had been a previous living area. A designer can help.
    “It’s important to inject function back in. Use a stronger colour on the walls, introduce joinery or wall panelling, or change up the lighting, it can be made more inviting, and may become your new ‘snug’ or post-dinner entertaining space with guests,” Martin and Rankin suggest.
    Paint is another clever and inexpensive way of altering a space, they say. “Paint a large sample of the proposed colour on various walls and live with it for a couple of days. You will be amazed at how a colour can feel different at various times of the day and with weather changes, so take the time to get it right.”

    A micro-cement finish is not only space-enhancing in a bathroom but it’s also on-trend. Photograph: Getty Images

    Trying trends
    Interior trends come and go, but one that’s set to stay thanks to the pandemic is how we use our homes for rest, work and play.
    “That joy of separation between work and home life has merged and has put pressure on our homes. Clients want their homes to be more flexible, the main addition being incorporating a work space, but one that is flexible by having the option of closing it away when not in use to allow for evening and weekend family time,” Martin and Rankin say.
    This could mean an office area with a fold-over door that can be shut away in the evening time to physically and mentally put thoughts of work to bed.
    When it comes to décor trends, Cunnane asserts that homeowners can afford to take some small risks. “There is nothing wrong with getting your inspiration from current trends, but why not consider broadening your sources,” she says. “Look at movies for colour schemes, and high fashion can inspire shapes and forms in your soft furnishing.”
    Into 2021, North Design is seeing natural, light and dark timber tones teamed with accents of black. “There is a strong emphasis on textures, the use of rattan in headboards, chairs and accent furniture are all leading features. Colourwise it is a muted use of tones – earthy greens, mustards and dusty pinks.”
    About Switch it Up
    Switch it Up is a new 12-part series for those who might be considering switching mortgage provider to make savings on their monthly repayments. It is a follow-up to the award-winning Story of Home series, which explored the idea of home through the eyes of creative people who found their dream place to live.
    Now, Switch it Up, which like Story of Home is supported by Ulster Bank, looks at helpful information on home improvements as well as renovators’ home tours. Plus, we’ve got helpful answers to your mortgage switching queries: from the incentives to how long it will take (not long!) and what’s involved in making a mortgage switch, read our Everything you need to know about switching your mortgage guide at irishtimes.com/switchitup.
    Perhaps now more than ever, we want our homes to suit the way we live and work, and being able to explore the potential in our homes offers us flexibility. This series is designed to unlock the ways in which we might Switch it Up in our homes as our wants and needs change.
    Switching your mortgage could free up funds to help you make these changes. “At Ulster Bank, we want to be a part of the journey you take in making your home the best it can be,” says Sean Kellaghan, mobile mortgage manager at Ulster Bank.
    “We want to make the mortgage switching process as simple and as hassle free as you do,” he adds. Kellaghan understands the stress that can come with making a switch, and he offers reassurance.
    “We are here to help you, and the process is a lot shorter and a lot more straightforward than you might think. Get in touch today and we can talk you through the options and process.”
    For more information, visit ulsterbank.ie
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    Discover the Dublin 4 renovation project designed for three generations

    Switching your mortgage could provide extra funds to add new details to your home. For Sooby and her family, their clever renovation has resulted in a house that works for everyone

    Sponsored by Ulster Bank

    In part of 11 of our Switch it Up series, we discover the directional, multi-generational renovation of the home of content creator Sooby Lynch. This Sandymount home was built in the 1930s and has been passed from mother to daughter for almost four generations. Now, it has been transformed into a home that works well for three generations of the same family.
    “I’ve lived here nearly all my life,” Lynch says. “It was my great-grandmother’s originally and there is a tradition of someone either inheriting or buying the house and keeping it in the family. I think it’s great because in the future, as my parents get older, it will be easier for me to care for them,” she says.
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    Lynch and husband Paul, daughters Marnie (3) and Penny (8), plus parents Sheila and James live between the original three bed semi-detached house and a new one bedroom annex apartment.
    Before lockdown the couple had launched a 39-seater boutique theatre in the centre of Dublin. As they wait to focus on that in 2021, Lynch is working with brands through her Instagram account @standingbythewall. She’s also giving her all to finishing the renovation of the family home.

    The newly-finished exterior of the house, complete with contemporary slate coloured windows and front door, allows access for Lynch’s parents to the side.

    The couple bought the property from her parents five years ago with the intention of breathing new life into the space. A ground floor apartment to the side of the property for her parents to live in was a priority. The completed annex now includes a kitchen, living area, bedroom with en suite and a guest toilet. Her parents can walk directly into their new home from the main driveway, which is perfect for her dad, who has mobility issues.
    Architects Finnegan Jackson were on hand for the design, but Lynch’s original idea for a “super modern build” was rejected by planners. “It didn’t look anything like the rest of the area, so we changed it and the new plan was accepted,” she says.

    Priorities are vital when it comes to planning a build, and for Lynch, she knew what she wanted to achieve with her budget.
    The most important element to get right was a working kitchen. “Originally there was a breakfast room, with lots of little spaces, there were no counter tops, and appliances were all over the place. I really wanted a kitchen that worked well for cooking and baking, but also space to just hang out in,” she says.
    And so, in order to achieve that goal and to drench the property in light, the couple knocked several ground floor walls. They were careful to leave folding doors into the living room, an original 1930s feature, in order to have one area separate from the rest of the open plan space.
    Compromises had to be made in order to stay on budget. “We had poured resin floors on our wishlist, but they’re expensive,” she says. “We decided to change the windows instead – so we cut other stuff from the budget to do that. I’m delighted we did it as it’s so cosy now. We just painted the original floorboards over lockdown instead and they look lovely.”
    Industrial steps now lead down to the extended, spacious kitchen. “I gave the metalwork guy photos of fire escapes. When they were put in they did look really industrial, but I painted them white and they look great.”
    A free-standing American style fridge/freezer is a bold centrepiece in the room, and the couple splashed out on a hob with integrated downdraft extractor.

    At the entrance to the kitchen is a functional walk through pantry, which also houses the microwave. They achieved the impactful high ceilings by digging down to garden level – which is a clever way to achieve a feeling of space.
    Lynch didn’t stop there. She carefully considered lots of other ways to make the house function for them during their renovation. An upstairs laundry room that must be the envy of friends was non-negotiable ­– the concept behind it to “make the chore an absolute joy”.
    “It was to make the whole wash, dry, fold, iron and put away an enjoyable and easy job. There is a washing machine, dryer, hot press and counter space for sorting,” she says.

    An image saved from Pinterest has now become a reality and takes pride of place in the family bathroom. “My pink sink is a total joy. I could talk about the pink sink all the time,” she laughs. “Our old bathroom was dingy and very small. The water wouldn’t stay warm, the water pressure was horrendous, the hot tap on the sink didn’t work and there was no freestanding shower. So the big bath, powerful hot spacious shower, and all the storage is just great. It’s a very calm enjoyable space to spend time and relax in,” she says.
    Décor is a key component of this home and with a distinctive monochrome palette throughout, Lynch’s inspiration comes from New York loft apartments.
    “I’m into the plain minimalist look,” she agrees. But she doesn’t think you have to splash out to achieve it. “The décor is quite budget-friendly, and most of the storage is Ikea. We splashed out on an expensive couch from Sofa So Good in Navan. All four of us can now sit comfortably on it which I love.”
    With the line between indoor and outdoor becoming ever more blurred, long term plans include a garden that can be used as an extension to the kitchen. The couple eventually hope to convert the attic into a den or a bedroom for their eldest daughter, and a home office is another possibility, if restrictions continue.

    Daughter Penny’s bedroom is airy and bright and filled with interest

    Building started in September 2019 and a completion date of six months was given but the pandemic saw the process stall. “We rushed to get my parents’ part finished and they’re in now which is brilliant,” she says.
    While most of the work is complete, the finishing touches will be done on an incremental basis, she says. “It’s a million times better than it was,” she smiles. “We really appreciate the level we have gotten it to.”
    Lynch says their living situation has been a dream for her family during lockdown, with everyone blissfully co-existing.  “I can’t believe how lucky I am to live here and have my mum and dad right next door, knowing we can look after them and see them every day. It’s just the perfect set up.”
    About Switch it Up
    Switch it Up is a new 12-part series for those who might be considering switching mortgage provider to make savings on their monthly repayments. It is a follow-up to the award-winning Story of Home series, which explored the idea of home through the eyes of creative people who found their dream place to live.
    Now, Switch it Up, which like Story of Home is supported by Ulster Bank, looks at helpful information on home improvements as well as renovators’ home tours. Plus, we’ve got helpful answers to your mortgage switching queries: from the incentives to how long it will take (not long!) and what’s involved in making a mortgage switch, read our Everything you need to know about switching your mortgage guide at irishtimes.com/switchitup.
    Perhaps now more than ever, we want our homes to suit the way we live and work, and being able to explore the potential in our homes offers us flexibility. This series is designed to unlock the ways in which we might Switch it Up in our homes as our wants and needs change.
    Switching your mortgage could free up funds to help you make these changes. “At Ulster Bank, we want to be a part of the journey you take in making your home the best it can be,” says Sean Kellaghan, mobile mortgage manager at Ulster Bank.
    “We want to make the mortgage switching process as simple and as hassle free as you do,” he adds. Kellaghan understands the stress that can come with making a switch, and he offers reassurance.
    “We are here to help you, and the process is a lot shorter and a lot more straightforward than you might think. Get in touch today and we can talk you through the options and process.”
    For more information, visit ulsterbank.ie
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    Small release of new homes now available at Ledwill Park

    A small release of homes have just been made available at Glenveagh Homes’ stunning new Ledwill Park development in Kilcock, Co Kildare.
    Sponsored by Glenveagh
    With prices starting from €312,500, these 3 and 4 bed properties offer quality build and energy efficiency at the core of their design.
    Originally launched in spring 2019, Ledwill Park has been a resounding success with over 130 homes sold to date. When fully completed this outstanding development will consist of approximately 430 homes. The last 4 bed semi, which overlooks Kilcock GAA club, is also ready to occupy now so you could be in your new home in time for Christmas.

    The Sparrow – the 4 bed semi-detached house in Ledwill Park

    The homes in Ledwill Park are innovatively designed to deliver super living accommodation and bedroom space. At the heart of every house in Ledwill is a superbly designed and fitted contemporary kitchen by Gallagher Kitchens.
    The kitchen of the 3 bed semi-detached house in Ledwill Park

    The 3-bedroom homes come with a contemporary kitchen. Each home benefits from an abundance of natural light from the excellently positioned windows.
    The homes vary in size between 102 -114 sq.m./1,104 sq. Ft. – 1,228 sq. ft for the 3 beds.

    The living room of the 3 bed semi-detached house at Ledwill Park

    The following is a list of some of the standard features at Ledwill Park;
    External Features
    Maintenance free, tasteful mix of brick and render exteriors
    Composite front doors with secure five-point locking system
    PVC fascia, gutters and downpipes

    Heating
    Heat pump system which is thermostatically controlled to maximise your comfort

    Kitchens
    Contemporary kitchen by Gallagher kitchens

    Gardens
    Driveways finished in paving
    Seeded gardens with secure post and panel fencing to rear gardens

    Bathroom & Ensuite
    Stylish contemporary bathroom, ensuite and guest WC with elegant sanitary ware
    Beautiful taps, shower heads & bath fittings

    Energy Efficiency
    All homes are A-rated and incorporate sustainable and renewable technology resulting in lower energy costs
    High level of insulation incorporated in floors, walls and roofs
    All houses are constructed to provide a high level of air tightness in order to retain heat.

    Guarantee
    Each Ledwill Park homes is covered by a 10-year Homebond Structural Guarantee

    Kilcock is a unique town with much to offer

    Kilock as a location also has much to option. The town is a rare example of a town where a road, a canal, a railway and a river run side-by-side and with this comes great amenities and transport services to the area. The Irish Rail service runs from Kilcock to Dublin with the Intercity train taking approximately 45 minutes to Connolly Station. Kilcock train station is less than a 10-minute walk from Ledwill Park.
    The M4 interchange is less than a 5-minute drive from the development and the travel time to Dublin city centre off peak is 40 mins (35 km) via the M4. Dublin Airport is also just a 30-minute drive from Kilcock. Bus Éireann also has regular services through routes 115 and 115A running from Dublin to Mullingar via Kilcock.

    Kilcock is easily accessed by train

    There is also an abundance of schools in the area. Kilcock has three primary schools, Scoil Choca Naofa, St. Joseph’s BNS and Gaelscoil Uí Riada and is home to secondary school Scoil Dara, located on Church Street.
    Maynooth University is also located 5km east of Kilcock and is easily reached by both train and car.

    The canal runs through the town

    Kilcock also has a wide variety of trendy eateries, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. You can enjoy a quiet intimate drink in one of local pubs including; O’Keeffe’s, Murphy’s & The Gregory. Or why not have a lovely tasty homemade breakfast at the weekend in either The Blackforest Café, Timeless or the award-winning Rye River Café. The high acclaimed Bujolle Bistro also serves the finest French Cuisine each evening.
    There are also a wide number of sports clubs and recreational facilities in the area including Kilcock GAA, Kilcock Celtic Football Club, Kilcock Canoe Club and the North Kildare Club which is a sporting and clubhouse facility that houses cricket, hockey, rugby and tennis all under one crest.

    A bedroom in the 3 bed semi-detached home in Ledwill Park

    In late 2017 the Royal Canal Greenway section between Kilcock and Maynooth was completed allowing walkers and cyclists to avail of the canalside amenity which will eventually when completed link Dublin City to Athlone.

    To see all that these stunning Glenveagh homes have to offer log on to www.myhome.ie/4301663 or visit www.ledwillpark.ie. You can also contact Noel Duffy of Sherry FitzGerald New Homes on 01 6671888 or Eamon O’Flaherty in the Sherry FitzGerald Brady O’Flaherty office in Maynooth on 01 6510000 for more detail or to arrange a viewing. More

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    Glenveagh’s Silver Banks has much to offer

    Glenveagh Homes have recently launched the second phase of 3 and 4 bed homes at the Silver Banks development in Stamullen, Co Meath.

    Sponsored by Glenveagh

    One of the fine homes in Silver Banks

    If Covid-19 has thought us anything it is the importance of where we live. These fine homes in a beautiful setting will ensure you have everything you could possibly need close by no matter what the future brings.

    Stamullen enjoys close proximity to the sea and the beach

    Silver Banks is just a five minute drive from Junction 7 on the M1 motorway with Dublin Airport just 20 minutes away and the city centre 40 minutes drive.
    There are endless transport links nearby too, including Gormanston Train Station just five minutes away and Balbriggan Train Station 11 minutes away as well as a private bus service from the village and Bus Éireann services from Balbriggan.

    One of the living rooms in Silver Banks

    While the towns of Drogheda and Balbriggan are within close proximity, Silver Banks is within walking distance of Stamullen village and all it has to offer.
    Stamullen offers a strong rural community within close proximity of the capital. Its amenities include a St Patrick’s primary school, Gormanston College, St Patricks GAA club, various sporting amenities, childcare, local shopping facilities and the City North Hotel.

    The kitchen in the Silver Banks development

    Your lifestyle will also be completed by a visit to Gormanston beach, just five minutes’ drive away.
    Stamullen has much to offer nearby including train stations and the beach

    Silver Banks is a small exclusive development with a good selection of 3 and 4 bed family homes. With prices starting from €299,950, these fantastic houses are designed with family living in mind.

    Silver Banks boasts a fine finish throughout

    The spacious houses all have excellent interior finishes and with an A-rating they are future proofed to ensure this is a home that will cater for many generations to come.

    A living area in Silver Banks

    All houses are constructed to provide a high level of air tightness in order to retain heat. Internal features include walls painted throughout in a mid-tone easy neutral paint with ceilings painted in white.

    One of the bedrooms in Silver Banks

    All kitchens are integrated by Gallagher Kitchens while shaker style fitted wardrobes are provided in the master and second bedrooms. The houses also feature a stylish contemporary bathroom, en-suite and guest w.c. with elegant sanitary ware.

    Another of the bedrooms in Silver Banks

    External features include a tasteful mix of brick and render exteriors with composite front doors and driveways that are finished in Kilsaran paving.

    A bedroom in Silver Banks

    The confirmed prices for Silver Banks are:
    3 Bedroom Homes from €299,950 (starting from 115sqm/1,234sqft)
    4 Bedroom Homes from €320,000 (starting from 134sqm/1,437sqft)
    Find out more about these superb family homes now on MyHome.ie at www.myhome.ie/4379627, by contacting selling agent Raymond Potterton on 046 9027666 or at www.silverbanks.ie

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    Go up, go out: which extension type is right for you?

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    Barnhall Meadows – A chance to live in a ‘Wonderful Place’

    The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip, Co Kildare, provides the perfect backdrop to the stunning Barnhall Meadows development by Glenveagh Homes.
    Situated on the edge of Castletown House estate, formerly belonging to the Conolly family, the corkscrew-shaped building – which was built in 1743 – sits in front of these new architecturally designed, 2 and 3 bed homes which have prices starting from €320,000.

    The Wonderful Barn overlooks Barnhall Meadows in Leixlip, Co Kildare

    As well as providing a protected 4 acre parkland area right beside these fabulous new homes, the enchanting Wonderful Barn also forms part of the scenic 16km Arthur’s Way Heritage Trail which provides a superb walking, running or cycling route for local residents.

    Barnhall Meadows takes its name from The Wonderful Barn and is further evidence of developers’ Glenveagh’s appreciation of the past. They might be a young company but they appreciate their history and even the brochures for this new development have been designed in such a way as to encapsulate the inside of the barn.

    The Wonderful Barn is described as a fairy tale-style building and you can create your own wonderful story in Barnhall Meadows – a development which truly blends the best of town and country. The aforementioned walk and scenery brings peace and tranquility while Leixlip with its wide range of services and amenities – including two railway stations with regular links to the capital and further afield – has all you could ever need on your doorstep.
    Following the hugely successful previous launch in Barnhall Meadows, Glenveagh Homes have now released new 2 and 3 bed semi-detached and detached houses to the market.

    The living room of The Juniper 3 bed detached house

    Barnhall Meadows offers the discerning purchaser spacious accommodation, stylish, contemporary kitchens & bathrooms, a maintenance free exterior finish & an ‘A3’ energy rating as standard, thanks to high levels of insulation and state-of-the-art heat pump systems.
    The development also boasts one of the best buyer incentive packages on the market today with all appliances and flooring are included subject to the purchaser signing and returning contracts within 21 days.

    One of the bedrooms in The Juniper 3 bed detached house

    In terms of location, Barnhall Meadows is unrivalled with the N4/M4 & M50 all within close proximity. For those doing the daily commute to Dublin, the City Centre is under 30 minutes away by car. Dublin Bus also provides a regular service (No 66) as does Irish Rail with Louisa Bridge & Confey train stations close by.

    The Poplar 3 bed end of terrace/semi-detached house

    For families with school-age children, there are quite a few creches, as well as Scoil Mhuire and Leixlip Educate Together primary schools. For older kids, Confey College, Leixlip Community School, and Colaiste Chiarain offer secondary educational opportunities. Additionally, Maynooth University is only 15 minutes away.

    The living room in The Poplar 3 bed end of terrace/semi-detached house

    Leixlip town has plenty to offer residents of all ages with local athletics, including GAA, soccer, rugby and basketball clubs. Leixlip Reservoir and the River Liffey allow for canoeing, fishing, and other water sports. Whether you’re walking around the Wonderful Barn, or taking a jaunt down to Leixlip Castle, you’ll have a wide array of historical spots to visit, adding some culture to your weekends.

    The kitchen of The Poplar 3 bed end of terrace/semi-detached house

    Weekends can be filled with shopping, dining out or taking in the local scenery with Leixlip & its surrounds offering a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants, bars & natural features including, the aforementioned ‘Wonderful Barn’, Leixlip Castle & the Arthurs Way heritage trail.
    Glenveagh Homes are synonymous with quality, precision & a strong focus on providing the highest standard of finish from construction right through to landscaping.
    The bedroom of The Poplar 3 bed end of terrace/semi-detached house

    Through joint agents Savills New Homes and Coonan New Homes, Glenveagh Homes are releasing a number of 2 and 3 bedroom houses to the market. Find out more now at www.myhome.ie/4373808 or visit www.barnhallmeadows.ie
    The Barnhall Meadows price list winter 2020 More