Couple transform old Wicklow train station into their dream house on last night's Home of the Year
An old Wicklow railway station which was lovingly restored over the course of a decade is in the running to be named RTE's Home of the Year after impressing the judges on Thursday's programme.
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.
The couple said the property was in bad nick at the beginning, but together they have worked to make the most of the property's brick arches and the original stonework, turning what was once the train's platform into a terrace.
Speaking on the programme Susan said the interior style is very much representative of their personal tastes.
"We've spent the guts of eight or nine years, weekends, summer holidays, renovating, roofing, walls, the whole works. Alan repointed a lot of the stone work. It's actually hard to think that after 150 years it's still as good as it was back then.
"It's modern in parts on the inside, it really has creature comforts. It's a real bonus having these huge windows. Even on a day like today that's pretty dull, you're getting loads of natural light in.
"The style of our home is relaxed and very comfortable. I can't put a name on it because it's what we like and we're both happy with it," she said.
The pair said their decision to renovate the old building strengthened their bond, and their patience.
"It was a good test in patience, it was a good test in marriage. We're proud," they said.
Upon entering the home, judges Hugh Wallace, Declan O'Donnell, and Deirdre Whelan were delighted to be brought right into the heart of the station - the high-ceilinged and bright kitchen.
The space showcased the couple's amazing attention to detail and their commitment to the building's original stonework and timber beams. The station's kitchen, with its timber counters, was described as "understated" by interior designer Deirdre, who was impressed with the dozen flagstone shelves which basked the room in candlelight.
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, allowed light to flood the room and excited the judges. Around the corner, the couple installed a stunning mosaic shower.
Speaking of the property Hugh Wallace said: "I personally would just love to move in here. It's like being with a friend, it's just full of enjoyment."
After the judges collectively agreed to send Susan and Alan's home to the final of the RTE programme, designer Deirdre said: "I adored the timeless quality I experienced going through this home. I loved it."
Home of the Year is broadcast on RTE One every Thursday at 8.30pm but you can also catch up on the RTE Player.