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My Bungalow Bliss



  • Registered Users Posts: 57,535 ✭✭✭✭ FrancieBrady

    I'd imagine from the glimpse we got the back extension wasn't worth saving and too costly to replace. A well designed house is better than a bigger crap house IMO.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    Just watching this now. Some people have fierce notions. Kids name is Jasper too. FFS.

    They said they bought the bungalow for 150k because they'd never be able to afford to buy in Dublin or they'd be in the commuter belt. Very strange reasoning considering they then went and bought in Connemara. And also their reno budget is 220k meaning a total spend of'd get a fine place in the sticks in Kildare near her homeplace.

    Yer wan wears the trousers anyways. Every question Hugh asks, the hubby looks to her before answering.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    Yer man reminds me of Eoin O'Broin too. Very very similar looking and similar voice.

  • I actually liked the roof and thought finished house looked great inside and out but it's probably not a practical family home for people with young kids. On the other hand, plenty of space to let them run around outdoors. Fully agree more space could or should have been given to solar panels but the architect said they would get something like 44k back in grants so they must be doing a pretty decent job on the heating and energy anyhow.

    I don't think the lack of a home office is an issue as there were sheds where he could set up his workshop and she's a respiratory nurse so how much work will she be able to do from home.

    For all his reluctance to build the kitchen island, he did a fantastic job on it. He's clearly properly talented tbf to him.

    Biggest problem for me was the sheer cost of it. At that money it seems strange not to just start from scratch.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,705 ✭✭✭ Naos

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

  • Registered Users Posts: 48 purpleshoe

    Doubt 360k would get a house like theirs in the Kildare sticks.

    Also what’s going with the rest of your post, and the posting of the girls picture?

    What’s the goal? Are you trying to get a personal dig in?

  • Registered Users Posts: 57,535 ✭✭✭✭ FrancieBrady

    Japers! (see what I did there?) is it beyond you to work out why they never had 360k to buy in Kildare? Did you not listen properly and rush to your keyboard to have a go?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    325k. Much nicer than what they bought, extra bedroom too.

    Even have 35k left over to have a BMW outside the front door.

    They made a massive financial mistake. Half a million they spent and they're left with small house and galvanised roof.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    Go on, enlighten me how they didn't have 360k for Kildare but could get it from the bank in Galway?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 110 ✭✭ pureirish

    His furniture is all over the house. A quick google and you can see some of the pieces.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,344 ✭✭✭✭ yabadabado

    It's a pity even 10 minutes of the show wasn't dedicated to this part of the renovation, would have made it a lot more interesting.

  • Registered Users Posts: 57,535 ✭✭✭✭ FrancieBrady

    'Time' pussyhands. It's not rocket science.

    They had the money/access to money to buy Galway but not Kildare. They were able to save/borrow on the strength of Galway to do the renovations.

    But they never had 360 at any time in one lumps sum.

  • Registered Users Posts: 48 purpleshoe

    I don't view that as a good example. I think any reasonable person would agree that you are not comparing like with like. Their house (bought for 150k) post renovation is far superior.

    Also worth noting that while the house you gave as example is fine for living right now, it will need investment to align with the times ahead. The house featured on TV is future proofed, the house you gave as an example is not future proofed.

    We all know how expensive labour and materials are. If 175k is invested into your example, it would raise the money spent to 500k. More if the house goes above the asking price, which isn't uncommon in the current housing market. 175k whilst a lot of money doesn't go that far now a days in home refurbishments.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    Explain in more detail please!

    They said they'd never have been able to afford to buy in Dublin/Commuter belt.

    They magic'd 100k out of nowhere overnight.

    No one has 360k in a lump sum, they take out mortgages.

    By the way, they bought it in 2015. So house prices around Dublin would be around 25% cheaper than they are now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 242 ✭✭ The Nu man in town

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    They bought that house in October 2015, 6 years old. House prices would have been about 30% cheaper than now. So you're talking about 260k for the house I linked back in 2015.

  • Registered Users Posts: 48 purpleshoe

    Unsure what is the point you are making.

    Have you an example of a house in the Kildare sticks that is like theirs, and has a price tag of 360k?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,557 ✭✭✭ Pete_Cavan

    The linked given earlier says Demand Control Ventilation (or would have if RTE ever read over their work). Solar panels are not the be-all-and-end-all, particularly in Connemara if the house isn't orientated right with limited daylight hours in winter when the biggest demand for heating is.

    <Not aimed at the poster I quoted, just part of the same post> The house is not small, I think people just get that impression because the house isnt packed with furniture. You can see in the floor plan that there is cloak room at the hall, a utility with storage, all bedrooms have wardrobes (including walk-in in master). With sufficient dedicated storage space and not hoarding crap you don't need a massive house. Plenty of space for any amount of shed space too.

    There is a den and usable attice space so the moans about open plan kitchen/living room are misplaced, there are options if you want to get away. They themselves know better their intentions for more children or need to wfh. Some seem more interested in judging the people on these programmes than in the houses. 2000sq.ft is not a small house.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,773 ✭✭✭ Effects

    Are you mad? How would they have 35k left for a BMW one they brought that place up to the same standard?

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,773 ✭✭✭ Effects

    I think most people care more about the look, like the island and floor, rather than the type of heating system they use.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,943 ✭✭✭ Deeec

    I liked the interior finish they achieved and Im sure they have a snug warm efficient house now. But for the amount of money spent I dont think they got value - its a very expensive 2000sq foot house. All the rooms are pretty tight except the open plan kitchen/living/dining area. The bedrooms dont have much storage at all - those are small wardrobes. It would appear the bathrooms are so tight there is no room for a bath also which is necessary when you have young kids. Its a nice house - but could have been done better. In a couple of years this house may need further work done as the layout no longer meets their needs

  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ MBE220d

    This is what happens when you try and keep part of the original house, it should be flattened from the word go as they had no attachment to the house, different if it was their family home then I could understand the sentimental value to keep part of it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,557 ✭✭✭ Pete_Cavan

    The bedrooms are all at least 9sq.m which isn't massive but certainly isn't small either. The den/4th bedroom is 13sq.m. a good size for a secondary living area. The loft is huge, albeit with restricted head height on the sides. There is a study space at the stairs. They have an extra 4m of presses in the utility room, plus other general storage. There is an attice space as well for Christmas decorations, etc. The family bathroom is small and you'd expect a bath but beyond that I don't think they really compromised on size elsewhere.

    I can't imagine why you think the house would need further work as the layout no longer meets their needs. Open plan kitchen/dining/living is standard now and unlikely to change for them, they lived with lots of separate rooms for years so they know if they don't want that. They have two secondary living spaces, loft and den. The den doubles as an additional bedroom which they know will only get occasional use so no need for another bedroom empty 95% of the time. What about the layout could suddenly not meet their needs?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    This is like Grand Designs meets Dermot Bannon and seeing how creatively they can piss away as much money as possible.

    Half a million.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,793 ✭✭✭ recipio

    I presume this was shot last summer ? The great rip off of Irish prices due to Brexit had kicked in by then. Even old stock was wildly inflated. This couple may not have got the optimum result but 'quality remains long after the price is forgotten '

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  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭ Trondheim

    I think that this is one of the big divides on these kind of programmes. I would much prefer to see copies of the plans, know the detail of the systems they put in etc. and skip all of the human interest stuff. Others prefer the human interest stories and only want to see nice pictures of how the house looks at the end.

    Maybe that is just different personalities or the fact that i am interested in renovating our house and want to use this to get ideas on heating systems, how to organise house space etc, whereas other people who are happy with the structure of their house are just looking for interior design inspiration + a bit of entertainment.