Home of the Year is back with a bang and three stunning homes for viewers to fawn all over and rob design ideas from.
First up on the series premiere was a refurbished 1950’s home in South County Dublin owned by Ciara McMahon and Richie Hannafy.
Ciara said that the property is inspired by her grandmother’s home- some of the plates we took from Ciara’s granny.
‘Don’t tell her!’ laughed Richie… Well, that’s that cover blown!
The house is quite quirky,with secret doors to hid a pantry and utility room concealed from view. Judges Hugh Wallace and Amanda agreed for once about the functionality of the home.
However the three judges couldn’t agree about the wallpaper in the small parlour, with Amanda saying it was just too much for such a small space.
Judge Sara Cosgrove said’ She wouldn’t let us out til we said we didn’t like wallpaper!’
Next up, was a new build based on a very old style of home here in Ireland- the traditional thatched cottage.
It was built by Niall McGuire who has recently moved home from Australia who is a fan of nostalgia after he became a bit homesick.
He traced the plot of land where he built his home right the way back and found that there was a house on the spot back during the famine.
‘Part of the history of the old house is with me here,’ he said. It was screamingly obvious that the house was a romantic design, as Hugh was right on the money when he said he thought that the homeowner had returned from abroad.
While he loved the house, Sara and Amanda remained unconvinced. Sara said that there were too many different styles running through the home.
Amanda just simply didn’t get it. ‘Why not build from the present- take aspects of the old build but adapt for a contemporary way,’ she asked.
However all three judges were won over by the cute shebeen in the back of the house, with Sara even saying she’d love to meet the owner after seeing the quirky little bar filled with musical instruments for what is no doubt a serious session.
The third and final home was a newly built house in the style of a barn by Gael and Kelda Jauver in Co Meath.
While the exterior of the home was absolutely gorgeous and totally in keeping with all the other red barns that you might see dotted around the Irish countryside, again there were a few little issues that the judges weren’t totally sold on.
For starters, Amanda said the acoustics of the living space that got to her. She said it would ‘wreck my head’ with children running in and out and the television on.
Sara didn’t like the fact that there was a work station in the bedroom and said there were functional elements of the home that she felt just weren’t quite right.
But Hugh was impressed, particularly with how the owners managed to bring the outdoors into the interior of the home
In the end, with an impressive 27 points from a possible 30, Ciara and Richie’s South County Dublin home was the winner of this round, and through to the final of the competition.
Home of the Year continues on Tuesday at 8:30pm on RTÉ One and on the RTÉ Player.