Thursday 19 October 2017

Inside the seven homes battling it out to win the title of RTE's Home of the Year tonight

Which home deserves to be crowned RTE's Home of the Year
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.
Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The station's bathroom and its beautiful Victorian roll-top bath. 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 bedroom in the old railway station they have renovated. Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly with their son Garron (9) outside their modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: The burnt orange kitchen in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: The burnt orange kitchen in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: Judges were impressed by the mezzanine level in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: Judges were impressed with the license plate light fixture in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house:
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: A bridge connected the mezzanine level to the master bedroom in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house:
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: The stone bathroom in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: The burnt orange kitchen in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: The living space in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: Lines between outside and inside are blurred by sliding doors and windows in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: Judges were impressed by the mezzanine level in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: Judges were impressed by the mezzanine level in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE
Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house:
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

As another series on Home of the Year draws to a close tonight, 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 (and don't forget to have your say in our HOTY poll).

Episode One winner: The Gerrard-Coveney's Georgian apartment

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Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney live in the duplex apartment with their family
 

This family's duplex apartment really wowed the judges during the series opener, who were impressed by couple Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's clever renovation of an old Georgian building.

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Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney live in the duplex apartment: restored sash window

Divided into three separate dwellings, the family lives in a duplex apartment spread over the basement and ground floor. During the renovation, the couple tried their best to respect the original space with stripped back walls, and hand-restored sash windows.

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Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: The pink marble bathroom

The couple designed much of the furniture in their ideal home themselves, including an amazing splated beech dining table, and a particularly special pink marble bathroom.

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Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney's duplex apartment: A marble mantelpiece in the kitchen

 

Episode Two winner: Alec Darragh's aluminum clad North Dublin terrace
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Alec Darragh lives in an aluminium clad contemporary end of terrace home in North Dublin.

Company director Alec Darragh's end-of-terrace home in Dublin made "a bold statement", according to architect Declan O'Donnell who loved the build's contemporary aluminium exterior.

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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

The home, which included a clever basement workshop for bicycle enthusiast Alec, impressed the judges with its design, devoted to natural light. Floor to ceiling length picture windows were a key feature of the home, while shelves packed with books lined the inviting staircase leading to the top level.

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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.

On the top floor, simple materials and timber flooring were used well to create a modern kitchen, which is dual aspect, and overlooks both the front and back of the property from a height.

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Which home deserves to be crowned RTE's Home of the Year

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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

Episode Three winner: Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s 17th Century farmhouse

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse was purchased in 1994.

The couple have lovingly restored the Wicklow home, originally built by Quakers in the 1660s, successfully bringing a glimpse of the past into modern life.

The home's kitchen, which the couple call their hub, impressed with an original inglenook fireplace and large, deep windows which allows light to pour into the modest space from dual points.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The master bedroom

The couple celebrated the original earthy colours of the walls, and highlighted the building's timber beams and stonework.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The dual-aspect kitchen

Perhaps the most impressive elements of the home are the original bread oven in the kitchen and a stunning old forge, which the judges said were amazing pieces of history to retain.

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Philip and Delphine Geoghegan’s farmhouse: The kitchen

Episode Four winner: Gitte Trench's clever downsize in Wicklow

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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
 

Danish granny Gitte broke our hearts when she shared the sad story of her husband, who became ill and had to move into full-time residential care. The pensioner downsized but said she couldn't bring herself to decorate her home in a Scandinavian style after he left.

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Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Gitte explained that renovating her house helped her to heal. Photo Credit: RTE

"I could never have a Scandinavian style again because my life has changed. I've changed. The whole idea of having white walls and sun pouring like when I was young and we were happy together. I could never live that way again."

The judges were deeply impressed with Gitte's stylish and welcoming abode, which they said envelops despite being so small.

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Gitte Trench's Country Cottage: Judge Hugh Wallace said he was envious of Gitte's "talent and skill" Photo Credit: RTE

Powerful art is a key feature of the Wicklow bungalow, as painting is one of Gitte's passions.

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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

Episode Five winner:  Susan Gorman and Alan Ross' renovated Wicklow train station

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Husband and wife Susan Gorman and Alan Ross bought the disused station nine years ago

Husband and wife Susan Gorman and Alan Ross bought the disused station nine years ago and set about renovating the property with a determination to respect the building's original features.

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Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: Husband and wife Susan Gorman and Alan Ross bought the disused station nine years ago

The couple said the property was in bad nick at the beginning, but together they have worked to make the most of the brick arches and the original stonework, turning what was once the train's platform into a terrace.

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Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: The heart of the station - the high-ceilinged and bright kitchen. Photo credit: RTE

The home's living room impressed the judges with its simple colour palate and comfort-focused feel. The station's bathroom and its beautiful Victorian roll-top bath which stands beneath a large window, allows light to flood the room and excited the judges. Around the corner.

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Susan Gorman and Alan Ross: the sitting room features the station's original stonework. Photo credit: RTE

Episode Six winner: Colin and Ruth Donnelly's contemporary Antrim home
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Colin and Ruth Donnelly with their son Garron (9) outside their modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE

Antrim couple Colin and Ruth Donnelly had to place their contemporary build on hold after they fell on hard times during the recession but were delighted to finish the project last year.

The modern architectural home, with its curved roof and stunning views across four counties impressed the judges, who loved its double height ceilings, and cleverly laid out open plan spaces.

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Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: The burnt orange kitchen in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE

A burnt orange kitchen, a colour chosen by the couple's son, complete with an island, impressed architect Declan, who said the picture windows and sliding doors blurred the lines between outside and in.

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Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: The burnt orange kitchen in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE

The main bathroom of the home was finished with impressive stonework, and above the bathtub is a television, which added humour to the project.

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Colin and Ruth Donnelly's Antrim dream house: The stone bathroom in Colin and Ruth Donnelly's modern contemporary Antrim home: Photo credit: RTE

Upstairs, an impressive mezzanine connects to the master bedroom via a bridge, which overlooks the lower level of the home.

Episode Seven winner: Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy Clare cottage

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Entrepreneur Louise McGuane and her husband Dominic McCarthy renovated an old cottage which once belonged to her grandmother
 

Entrepreneur Louise McGuane and her husband Dominic McCarthy renovated an old cottage which once belonged to the Clare native's grandmother and the build's picture windows and "cathedral" ceilings really impressed the judges.

The intimate kitchen of the cottage was impressive, particularly the counters made from wood salvaged from the local parish hall and its large chalkboard wall.

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Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare cottage: The judges were impressed with the kitchen which made use of the local parish hall's old floors. Photo Credit RTE

The couple's open plan living and kitchen space has a large picture window, which seamlessly connects the outdoors with the home's interior, while a 'floating' fireplace is the centre piece of the voluminous room.

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Louise McGuane and Dominic McCarthy's Co Clare Home: Judge Declan O'Donnell was thrilled with the frameless picture window in the Co. Clare cottage. Photo credit: RTE

A staircase made from old railway sleepers leads way to the couple's comfortable bedroom at the top of the home, which sits next to a cosy bathroom flooded with natural light.

The final of Home of the Year is broadcast on RTE One next Thursday at 8.30pm and you can also catch up on the RTE Player.

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