Wednesday 16 August 2017

Inside the seven homes battling it out to win RTE's Home of the Year on Thursday

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Which home deserves to be crowned RTE's Home of the Year
Which home deserves to be crowned RTE's Home of the Year
Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney live in the duplex apartment with their family
Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney live in the duplex apartment: restored sash window
Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: The pink marble bathroom
Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: A marble mantelpiece in the kitchen
Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: The purchased the spectacular Georgian building in Dublin City with Esther's brother in 2013
Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: The contemporary kitchen with its restored sash window
Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: The basement level
Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: The living space
Alec Darragh lives in an aluminium clad contemporary end of terrace home in North Dublin.
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace: The view from the kitchen is dual aspect, and overlooks both the front and back of the property from a height
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace: Alec, a cycling enthusiast, originally set out to build a garage, but ended up deciding to build an entire house.
Alec Darragh lives in an aluminium clad contemporary end of terrace home in North Dublin.
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace: The garden
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace: A key feature of the home is its floor to ceiling length windows, which allow the sun to pour into the bedrooms
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace: The result is a contemporary aluminium clad home flooded with natural light by floor to ceiling picture windows
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace: Alec knew he wanted to build something modern and had a clear idea of what his requirements were
Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace: The home is inviting, encouraging visitors to climb up a bright, light-filled wooden staircase lined with books shelves.
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse was purchased in 1994.
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The exterior
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The couple paid particular attention to the walls, hoping to bring forward the original earthy colours, timber beams and stonework from 1660
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The judges said the sitting room had 'Mediterranean feels'
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The original bread oven in the wall (left) was an interesting feature of the farmhouse
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The dual-aspect kitchen
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The bread oven
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen, with rust coloured counters
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: the sitting room
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: An old forge
Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom
Granny Gitte Trench's said she made the decision to downsize and sell her family home to purchase her little cottage after her husband went into full-time care. Photo Credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: The judges were deeply impressed with Gitte's stylish and welcoming abode. Photo Credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: A clever mezzanine acts as the perfect spot for her grandchildren to play.
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Upstairs in Gitte's clever mezzanine, which acts as the perfect spot for her grandchildren to play. Photo credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Gitte said her favourite spot, a yellow interior lounge with a high ceiling, was a place that really made her feel happy. Photo Credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: The dark kitchen came as an unexpected surprise to the judges who credited Gitte's choice of copper-look wallpaper Photo credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Gitte explained that renovating her house helped her to heal. Photo Credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Gitte, who is originally from Denmark, explained that she did not incorporate her Scandinavian upbringing into her cottage Photo Credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: The dark kitchen came as an unexpected surprise to the judges who credited Gitte's choice of copper-look wallpaper Photo Credit RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Granny Gitte Trench's said she made the decision to downsize Photo Credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Granny Gitte Trench's Wicklow cottage Photo Credit: RTE
Gitte Trench's Wicklow cottage
Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Judge Hugh Wallace said he was envious of Gitte's "talent and skill" Photo Credit: RTE
The judges were deeply impressed with Gitte's stylish and welcoming abode. Photo Credit: RTE
Husband and wife Susan Gorman and Alan Ross bought the disused station nine years ago
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross's renovated train station: The heart of the station - the high-ceilinged and bright kitchen. Photo credit: RTE
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The station's windows were a key feature of the property
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The pair said their decision to renovate the old building strengthened their bond, and their patience.
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: Husband and wife Susan Gorman and Alan Ross bought the disused station nine years ago
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The home's living room impressed the judges with its simple colour palate and comfort-focused feel. Photo credit: RTE
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The home's living room impressed the judges with its simple colour palate and comfort-focused feel. Photo credit: RTE
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The pair said their decision to renovate the old building strengthened their bond, and their patience.
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: the sitting room features the station's original stonework. Photo credit: RTE
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The heart of the station - the high-ceilinged and bright kitchen. Photo credit: RTE
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: Susan and Alan's sitting room features the station's original stonework. Photo credit: RTE
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The pair said their decision to renovate the old building strengthened their bond, and their patience.
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The pair said their decision to renovate the old building strengthened their bond, and their patience.

As another series on Home of the Year draws to a close next Thursday night, it's worth taking a look back at the builds that thrilled us the most throughout the past seven weeks. Seven home-owners will battle it out to be crowned the winner of the popular interior series and judges Declan O'Donnell, Hugh Wallace and Deirdre Whelan certainly have a difficult decision ahead of them. From renovated train stations to contemporary city builds, here is a look back at each of the finalists in the running to take home the top prize

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