Coralmount was a project that came to fruition after an 18-month long process of a vision coming to life. The brief to Taggart Homes, who designed and built the six houses, was to create a development that offered something completely unique to what was currently on the market.
Pre-launch, the private gated development was cited as “Northern Ireland’s most luxurious development” by the Managing Director of propertypal.com, the leading property marketing web platform in Northern Ireland. Coralmount presents a truly unique location in one of the most sought after post codes in the North West of Ireland, the Limavady Road, but it is the specification and finish that stand out and make these homes so desirable.
Indoor-outdoor entertainment and living were two aspects that Designer, Michael Taggart, wanted to showcase. The flow from interior to exterior was one of the most important aspects in the design and finish of this luxurious development and was a hugely important factor when making decisions to create six homes that catered for a lifestyle choice of luxury, not just six houses of bricks and mortar.
This was achieved through the construction of orangeries, enclosed pergolas, a courtyard and a car port. Getting this aspect of the design right allowed Taggart Homes to take the project to the next level of extraordinary.
Security and privacy were also huge factors in the finish and were very attractive elements when it came to the marketing of the project. The development is only accessible via electric gates that are operated by a smart phone. Stone walls border the development offering boundary protection and large trees surround different parts of the development, ensuring privacy.
CCTV security is in place external to each of the properties and is operated by the management company who also supply night time security, ensuring that it is as safe as is possible.
Innovation at Coralmount is concentrated mostly on the indoor-outdoor areas and areas where Taggart Homes was able to implement new methods of technology and be truly innovative in its approach to the finish.
Enclosed pergolas or ‘party rooms’ are integral to the finish of two of the homes at Coralmount. They combine indoor living with outdoor living in a way that offered a flow and a comfort of feeling like you were indoors when you were in fact outdoors. The climate control system, the underfloor heating, the wood burning fire and the layered effect panelled lighting create the atmosphere of a fun, relaxing space perfect for entertaining or gaming. The lighting has the biggest effect on the room with the ability for colour change at the touch of a button. The range of colours is endless; with LED working on RGB, it allows you to choose a colour to compliment the desired mood you wish to create on any given occasion.
The installation of NEST thermostats in all six houses has introduced an innovative way of heating homes and saving the resident money on bills, all while helping the environment. The thermostat programs itself to save energy and the heating systems are zoned, allowing control over certain areas of the house, separately. Under floor heating in the enclosed pergolas, the orangeries and in the garages have brought innovation in terms of the heating of certain areas of the homes.
Every single light used across the Coralmount development is an LED, making the whole scheme extremely energy efficient from the minute you drive in the gate. From the street lighting and wardrobes, to the chandeliers and everything in between, every bulb saves between 85% and 90% energy compared to traditional bulbs.
Each home within the development is also fitted with an air circulation system that is energy efficient. These whole house ventilation systems are designed to deliver homes with fresh, filtered air, reducing humidity levels in the home whilst diminishing damp, condensation and mould problems. Triple glazed windows are also present in two of the homes which are closest to the road, allowing for less noise pollution but also as a means of energy saving and climate control.
Coralmount has already seen enquiries from all over Ireland, the UK, the USA and the Middle East. Commenting on the development, Designer, Michael Taggart, said, “There is a real sense that Derry is on a new trajectory and it’s a very positive one. There’s a real ‘can do’ spirit about the place and this new gated community of six stunning residences represents years of experience in the building industry and draws from ideas gathered around the globe.
Our craftsmen bought into my concept from the beginning, to turn design ideas into stunning homes you just have to love. Materials from here in Ireland and from Spain, China, Italy, England and beyond have been sculpted and honed into what can be seen today. I am very happy and proud of what we’ve done here at Coralmount.
Boasting a reputation as a collector’s paradise, Moy Antiques supplied a range of high end street lighting and furniture to the Coralmount development in Derry. Only the highest quality furniture from the most respected suppliers was selected for Coralmount and Moy Antiques certainly fit the bill. The company supplies a diverse range of furniture, from 19th and 20th Century pieces to a selection of objets d’art along with an exclusive range of furniture from Moy Antique Oak and Pine.
Moy Antiques also specialises in reclaimed oak and pine furniture, Chesterfield furniture and a range of architectural and garden antiques, including many unusual items of garden statuary in bronze, marble, cast iron, terracotta and stone. The company’s showrooms also include a comprehensive range of quality Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and decorative furniture as well as fireplaces, chandeliers, mirrors, clocks and paintings etc.
NDA Revive specialises in professional interior restoration. The family- run company takes pride in restoring all types of stone floor and wall surfacing and provided its cleaning and restoration expert services to the Coralmount project. “We have the expertise and tools necessary to grind, hone, polish and seal natural stone. We use only the top of line cleaning equipment and the highest quality of diamond-tipped abrasive tools.
Granite, marble or other stone floor doesn’t just look better – it looks new again,” said Noel Hagan, owner at NDA Revive. Technicians at NDA Revive are experienced in all aspects of restoration work. “Many have actually trained with the Italian company who supply our cleaning equipment.
We are a committed team of people who can carry out all the work needed to restore floor and/or wall surfaces back to its best possible finish. It was a pleasure to work on the Coralmount project and we’re delighted with the job we did.”
Michael Houston and the team at Strabane Electrics Ltd were responsible for all elements of the electrical work at Coralmount – design, fit-out, lighting and installation.
Although Strabane Electrics is well used to dealing with any challenges on either commercial or residential projects, Coralmount wasn’t without its own tricky elements.
“Lighting was somewhat of a challenge, particularly the external lighting. We managed it very well and met the brief; we’re well used to working together and ensuring we meet the brief and the deadline.
“Michael Taggart was responsible for the design of the project and he excelled himself.”
Strabane Electrics is extremely busy at the moment, working across a range of projects in Northern Ireland.
“There are only 12 of us here and we’re flat out. We’re operating now for about 22 years and have worked on a range of projects across the country. We were delighted to work with Taggart Homes and we hope to work with them again in the future.”
Strabane Electrics Ltd, 28 Melmount Rd, Strabane BT82 9EE, UK
T: 028 7188 3246
E: [email protected]
During the construction of the Coralmount Development, RiverRidge provided a comprehensive and cost-effective waste management service which involved the delivery, collection and disposal of waste and construction materials.
With waste management solutions based on the most innovative treatment processes in Europe, this collaboration with Taggart Homes redirected waste from landfill.
Brett Ross, CEO of RiverRidge commented, “We were delighted to work in partnership with Taggart Homes on this development. Construction projects of this size needs a site waste management plan which details the segregation of the waste streams which ensures maximum recycling. As a company, RiverRidge welcomes the opportunity to work directly in partnership with leading companies across the province in order to increase Northern Ireland’s level of waste which is diverted from landfill, driving a sustainable future for all.”
Scaffolding services at the prestigious Coralmount development were supplied by Limavady-based firm Roe Scaffolding. With over 11 years of experience, Sean Kane and the rest of the team were well prepared for any challenge that presented itself during the build.
Safety was a priority for the firm throughout the build, with health & safety protocols adhered to by Roe Scaffolding at all times.
“This project was a pleasure to work on. We didn’t encounter any specific challenges; we’ve been operating for a long time and we’re good at what we do. All teams on site worked very well together and ensure the project met its tight deadline,” said Sean.
Currently, Roe Scaffolding is working on another residential development in Northern Ireland. “We work across a range of projects, both commercial and residential. There’s plenty of work going on a the moment and thanks to the superior service we offer, we’re flat out!”
Roe Scaffolding, 12 Drumaduff Road, Limavady BT49 0PE
T: 079 2891 8115
E: [email protected]
Fireplaces at Coralmount were supplied and fitted by Granaghan Fireplaces. The company designs and creates a host of unique fireplaces in marble, granite, sandstone and limestone, as well as selling and fitting stoves providing clients with beautiful designs and excellent service.
Limestone fireplaces were specified for Coralmount. “We supplied Italian limestone fireplaces to the Coralmount development. We actually manufactured the fireplaces ourselves, such was the high end finish and quality that was required for the job,” says Michael Bradley.
Thanks to a stellar job at Coralmount, Granaghan Fireplaces is currently working on another job with Taggart Homes. Years of experience and a commitment to fulfilling the client’s brief meant the fireplaces supplied by Michael and the team were of the highest quality.
“We encountered no challenges on this project. Everything went to plan and we met the deadline. It was a great project to be involved in; every element of the house was finished to an extremely high spec and all teams on site worked very well together.”
Granaghan Fire Places, 20 Kilrea Rd, Swatragh, Maghera BT46 5QF T: 028 794 01733 E: [email protected] www.fireplacesni.com
With over 14 years’ experience in the design and installation of cooling and heating systems in both commercial and domestic properties across Ireland, Smarter Homes Services was the obvious choice when it came to the installation of smart controls at Coralmount.
Kevin Fleming and his team added smartphone-controlled Nest learning thermostats to the heating system to work in tandem with the air-source heat pump system in the ‘California Sun’ houses. These allow the users to control and monitor their heating and energy usage from anywhere in the world.
Designing the system for the California Sun house posed a slight challenge for the company.
“Michael Taggart wanted something that was discreet and wouldn’t be highly visible so we put our heads together and designed an underfloor ducted system for that particular house. All you can see is a minimal grill on the floor space of the house. Although we have come up with similar solutions in the past, it’s not something you would see done in a residential home every day. It worked very well with minimal energy consumption.”
Smarter Home Services, Unit 67 Foxhill, Waterside, Derry- Londonderry, BT47 2TN
T: 02871 511247 / 07999 345251
E: [email protected]
Lighting design company, T&E Howie, which has worked with Taggart Homes for over 20 years, designed and supplied all the lighting for the prestigious Coralmount development.
Only the highest quality lighting products were specified and every item had to fit in with the overall high end aesthetic that Michael Taggart envisioned for the project. “Lighting products from a company called Interiors 1900 were specified and the products that they opted for were from the Oksana range,” said Paul Howie, Manager.
Ensuring the right product at the right price was chosen was probably the biggest challenge for T&E Howie.
“Although the products were high end, they still needed to meet the budget we were set. We also needed to select products that suited the rest of the interior design.”
Paul worked very closely with Jackie Taggart. “Jackie looks after all the interior design work at Taggart Homes. We work extremely well with her; we’ve done Taggart’s showhouses for years and we’re delighted to team up again.”
All the stairs in the houses at Coralmount were manufactured, supplied and installed by Limavady-based company AC Stairs. The company has extensive experience when it comes to providing bespoke stairs and staircases to projects across Northern Ireland. A full design service means that if a client is after something specific, Andy Christie and the rest of the team can rise to the challenge.
For the Coralmount project, high end walnut stairs were specified. “We were working to a very high spec and as with every project we work on, we delivered a very high quality job,” says Andy, Managing Director at AC Stairs. Compared to other projects, stairs for the Coralmount houses took that bit longer to complete. “To add to the overall ‘wow’ factor, the stairs were larger than what’s normally specified. However, this was nothing we haven’t encountered before and we were well up to the job.”
AC Stairs, 75 Seacoast Road, Limavady, BT49 9DW T: 028 7772 2202 E: [email protected] www.acstairs.co.uk
Ahigh-end, prestigious development such as Coralmount required the expertise of a roofing firm committed to delivering only the highest levels of workmanship. Edgeline Roofing has completed a range of projects across Northern Ireland. The company’s impressive job of works made it the perfect choice when it came to the roofing element at Coralmount.
Edgeline Roofing was responsible for the copper shingles, copper rainwater goods including downpipes and gutters and some of the flat roofing. “We do very little copper as it’s expensive so this was a nice job to have been involved in. It’s very close to home as well so it was an extra special job for us,” said David Hylands, Senior Quantity Surveyor at the firm.
Meeting the tight timescale was probably the biggest challenge for David and his team. “We’re very experienced and well used to meeting tight schedules, which we did on this project. It was a lovely project to work on and we’re proud of our contribution to it.”
Edgeline Metal Roofing Ltd, 44 Smith St, Moneymore, Magherafelt BT45 7PG
T: 028 8674 8455
E: [email protected]
Lovewood Joinery manufactured the timber elements for each orangery at the prestigious Coralmount development. The job entailed dozens of intricate components including fluted pillars, rosettes and panelled moulded sections with corbels.
Thanks to an impressive portfolio of completed projects across Northern Ireland and London, Lovewood was more than up to the job and delivered components of the highest specification to the project. It took just over two and a half weeks to produce all the components needed for each orangery. The biggest challenge for the Lovewood team was taking the time to ensure each component was correctly measured and crafted so that on delivery to site, the jigsaw would fit seamlessly together.
The end result is impressive and has added to the development’s overall ‘wow’ factor. “It was a pleasure to use our skills on a local project and work with a client who has excellent design vision,” said Cheryl Coyle, Office Manager at Lovewood.
JW Window Cleaning Service was tasked with looking after all external cleaning of the Coralmount development once construction was completed. The company’s brief was to ensure each property was thoroughly cleaned to a very high standard; this included cleaning all windows, PVC, gutters and fascia boards.
The job also included power washing all cobble stone gardens, driveways and cleaning all the copper roofs. “Basically if it was dirty, we cleaned it. We also now maintain the development on a weekly basis, ensuring each house is kept to a high standard,” said John White, Managing Director.
JW Window Cleaning Service has worked with Taggart Homes on previous projects, including Plantation View in Limavady. The company has been operating for nearly five years and employs a highly experienced team of five. Current projects include Taggart Homes projects in Crescent Link and Culmore Derry.
“With these projects, we are again tasked with ensuring all properties are cleaned to a high standard, ready for customers to move in.”
JW Window Cleaning Service, 18 Ballymagowan Avenue, Londonderry, BT48 9QR
T: 0742 7633 545
E: [email protected]