HOW TO overcome a tree line to get the most out of a breathtaking view?
Hire a lumberjack? Buy a chainsaw? Or just reverse the design of the house?
The owners of Chatsworth in Walterstown chose to rock, creating an ‘upside down house’ and added a huge veranda (23mÂ²) off the main living area upstairs with a line of sight to the ever-flowing shipment. . channel. The result ? Better than Netflix – and no subscription fees.
Chatsworth is a house where the main role is the upside down design and harbor view. The lining is wood. The owner, a carpenter by trade, reels out the names of the woods around his house as easily as a child reels out his ABCs: Western Red Cedar, American Cherry, Honduras Pitch Pine, European Cherry, Pippy Oak, American Black Walnut, Sycamore. He’s ubiquitous and beautifully crafted, from the western red cedar in the window frames and door in the front of the house, to the American cherry bookcases in his home office, to the Honduran pine in the staircase, most of which was made in the detached garage / workshop. He wraps around the entrance hallway to form a gallery landing, and he even made the handrail, which was tricky because it is curved, gluing many separate pieces of wood together.
All in a day’s work for a man who worked freelance for London-based luxury interior design specialist Beck Interiors for a decade.
âI started with them on a Selfridge project and it snowballed from there,â he says.
His role with them now is to manage the design process, and projects he’s been involved in include the refurbishment of Sheraton Park Lane, an iconic Art Deco hotel in Mayfair, London, and the fitting out of Watches of Switzerland, the largest Europe showroom dedicated to 20 of the world’s leading watch brands on Regent Street in London.
Bringing down a staircase is easy in comparison.
At the top of this staircase in Chatsworth, a round pippy oak door (known as cat’s paws because that’s exactly what the grain looks like) opens onto the main accommodation, a kitchen / diner / open plan living room.
This is where you first catch a glimpse of this view, when you enter the kitchen with a double height ceiling, supported by sloping roof trusses.
From there, double doors open onto this large veranda with a cedar apron, also made in the workshop, and supported by galvanized steel.
To create a radial view, they opted for a curved apron, which the carpenter built himself.
âFortunately, we only had to buy the materials and I provided the labor, but if we had had to pay someone to do it, it would have been a different form! Said the owner.
He loves being able to see Whitegate Pier – his father worked there when it was built.
âYou can appreciate its length from the veranda – it’s a mile long. You never see the length from Cobh,â he says.
You can also see Currabinny and Crosshaven and continue to Roches Point, at the narrow mouth of Cork Harbor.
âThe whole house was designed around the view,â says the owner, and he managed to get it to a second separate living room upstairs where he installed a corner window.
This room has a country club feel with American black walnut woodwork. A skylight is another nice touch – it has glass side panels instead of the usual blackout coating to let in more light. A skylight in the open plan living room is also glazed to the front and to the sides, and below is a window seat, made by the carpenter who also made the dining table, chairs, worktops in the room. kitchen and window sills.
The owners more or less built the 182mÂ² house themselves. They met in the UK after the carpenter moved there at the age of 24 and stayed there for eight years.
âI had a Friday’s Examiner subscription at the time because there was the jobs section. I would receive it by mail the following Monday. I saw an advertisement for a job in Cork and that’s when we came back, âhe says.
This was in 1996. They bought the Walterstown site from an aunt and built the house in ’98 / ’99, using a timber frame purchased from Cygnum. A builder did the masonry and the owners did “pretty much everything else.” The entrance has a sloping roof porch with a lattice beam.
Johanna Murphy & Sons’ sales agent Johanna Murphy says Chatsworth has a hint of a Swiss chalet on this and that she guides to â¬ 525,000. She points out that it is on 0.6 acres, with a fabulous expanse of lawn in the back, extending under the lanai.
This south-facing lawn is accessed from the downstairs master bedroom – which has an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet – via French doors.
Ms Murphy also points out Chatsworth’s proximity to the Walterstown National School – it’s literally a stone’s throw away and the town of Cobh is a five-minute drive away.
After more than two decades in Chatsworth, the current owners are moving along to a garden, where they have already rebuilt an old cottage.
“I know we put a lot of work into it, but I’m ready to say ‘I went, I did this’. What I would like now is to have a boat and go back to the water, and also, resume travel for work, which I missed during Covid. â
Superb view, high-end woodwork, ideal family home inside and out.