RTÉ Home Of The Year 2021 Winner
RTÉ’s Home of the Year’s seventh series has been keeping us spellbound over the last 8 weeks with its usual collection of stunning homes from the four corners of Ireland.
We’ve gone on a virtual tour of a diverse mix of homes including converted mills, a converted schoolhouse, apartments, bespoke architectural new builds, re-imagined cottages and bungalows, DIY homes, restored period homes, and vernacular buildings.
We’ve watched the judges whittle 21 hopefuls down to the final seven, and last night, the winner of RTÉ’s Home of the Year 2021 was crowned— Jennifer Sheahan with her 1800s renovated Dublin cottage!
Jennifer Sheahan: Dublin
When Jennifer purchased this 1800s Dublin cottage, it was in dire need of a complete revamp: it was damp, had no central heating, and didn’t have indoor toilets.
Jennifer went all out with the renovation—the internal walls were knocked down, the floor was dug up and lowered, and an extra floor added to transform it into a two-storey house.
Playful, modern and colourful, as she describes her style, the refurbished period home features a distinctive disco ball in a brightly coloured bathroom and a glamorous roof garden as some of its unique highlights.
David O’Brien: Cork
David’s modernised version of a traditional barn in the Cork countryside combines his love of modern architecture and vintage antique furniture beautifully.
A self-build home that took two years to complete with his brother’s help and working with an architect to materialise the unique and spacious design he envisioned, the interiors are 100% David’s design and production.
One of the most unique interior choices in this stunning home is an 1800s piano used as a kitchen island against the modern, well-lit, and spacious backdrop.
Saara and Mike McLoughlin: Limerick
This semi-detached family home in Limerick was given a complete makeover when Saara and Mike McLoughlin bought it in 2008.
They transformed its beige and magnolia interiors into a colourful and eclectic ambience with a touch of bohemian and scandi influences combined with a mix of modern and mid-century furniture.
The mix of old and new design influences reflects their unique style and personalities, making it their own little safe haven with plenty of character and charm.
Sally-Ann and Ruairí Mitchell: Dublin
Originally a 1920s cottage with a single-storey extension, Sally-Ann and Ruairí Mitchell gutted, re-modelled, and extended it to create a four-bedroom home with a large open plan mezzanine extension.
The refurbished Dublin cottage is a gorgeous retreat featuring a blend of traditional and contemporary with an Irish cottage-cum-loft vibe through its open-plan layout, split-level kitchen, and a private second wing for additional bedrooms for the family of six.
Kevin Desmond: Dublin
This 19th-century Dublin property has been thoroughly and meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving the integrity and design features of that era.
It was important to both Kevin and his partner to carry out the extensive restoration without altering the character or historical identity of the property.
This included replacing the sash windows and roof, restoring the fire places and internal doors including the original locks, as well as repairing the timber floors. The damaged coving was also carefully made to match the original.
Tanya Lee Conroy and Noel Conroy: Galway
This modernist Galway home is a self-build by Tanya and Noel, who both work in a commercial property development company.
Built on Tanya’s parents’ land where her Grandmother’s cottage used to be, this striking home features architecture reminiscent of Palm Springs, an open-plan design, and hints of the West of Ireland such as dry fieldstone in keeping with the Connaught landscape, and a Corten steel hat typical of rusted roofs in a traditional farmyard.
The design and style reflect both Tanya and Noel’s passion for a mix of mid-century and modern design as well as good craftsmanship.
Kate and Cian O' Driscoll (Dublin)
Kate and Cian spent almost two years restoring their 140-year-old Dublin period home to preserve its 1880s Victorian character while transforming it into a sleek and cosy smart home suitable for modern living.
When they first moved in, it had no kitchen, no central heating, and only a bath. It was divided into five bedsits, hadn’t been lived in since the late ’70s or early ’80s, and still had an outhouse in the garden.
Over the next six to eight months, Kate and Cian restored original floors, staircases, doors, and architraves themselves, besides installing a temporary kitchenette. They built a kitchen extension, had new glazing installed, the entire house rewired and replumbed, and all external walls insulated.
They also hired conservation specialists to restore the original fireplaces and to restore and double glaze all the original sash windows. Cian’s professional background in the tech industry enabled him to incorporate smart features into the home while maintaining its original period character and charm.
It’s been another inspiring series of homes contending for the Home of the Year award!
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