Inside this aluminium-clad North Dublin terrace - the star of RTE's Home of the Year
Thursday nights have been made so much more enjoyable with the return of RTE's Home of the Year, the programme that feeds our lust for interiors more than any other.
As per usual, the programme allowed viewers to peek inside three of Ireland's most beautifully designed homes, but it was a contemporary end-of-terrace house that wowed the judges on Thursday's show.
Home of the Year experts Hugh Wallace, Declan O'Donnell and Deirdre Whelan were seriously impressed by Company Director Alec Darragh's aluminum-clad home in North Dublin, in which the influx of natural light was really considered during the design.
The homeowner, who is a keen cyclist, had originally intended to just build a garage but ended up making the decision to build an entire house, however he was clear in his intentions to create a modern finish.
Speaking on the programme, Alec said: "I don't like mock Georgian or these type of things, if you're building something new it might as well look new. My original plan was to build a garage but it was going to cost so much to build a garage, I thought I might as well build a house."
"I wanted to live on the top floor, which I am doing now, with a garden at the rear and a terrace at the front where I could sit out in the evening sun. The bedrooms are on the middle floor and on the ground floor is a storage area and a workshop for my bikes."
"Some people think the house is hideous, but you know, it's a matter of choice really," he said.
The home is inviting, encouraging visitors to climb up a bright, light-filled wooden staircase lined with books shelves upon entering the house. A key feature of the home is its floor to ceiling length windows, which allow the sun to pour into the bedrooms and living area of the North Dublin home.
Was Alec Darragh's aluminum-clad home in North Dublin a worthy winner on Home of the Year?
On the top floor, the judges loved the simple materials and timber flooring used to create Alec's modern kitchen, which interior designer Deirdre said managed to create "a real sense of welcome and warmth" in the space.
The view from Alec's kitchen is dual aspect, and overlooks both the front and back of the property from a height and a wood-burning stove proved the focus of the minimalist space.
Speaking of the home's aluminum exterior, judge Declan O'Donnell said: "This home makes such a bold statement with its aluminium cladding. I love the fact that there are three very distinct levels going on, they're all about the owner and it's very personal and super contempory."
Alec's contemporary home in Dublin will now be placed in the final of Home of the Year, joining last week's winner, the Gerrard-Coveney's Georgian apartment.
Home of the Year is broadcast on RTE One every Thursday at 8.30pm but you can also catch it on the RTE Player.