The RTÉ One series judges Hugh Wallace, Deirdre Whelan and Peter Crowley stop off in the 19th century as they visit a one-time barn, before fast-forwarding a century when they check out a 1930s council house in Dublin.
From there they'll whisk us viewers right back to the 21st century as they tour a new-build townhouse in Belfast in their hunt for the 2020 Home of the Year winner.
"I have to say walking in is a visual treat!"March 10, 2020
Kevin O’Neill is a senior architectural technologist who converted an 1800s barn on his family’s land into a stunning home. Every detail in the home has been designed by Kevin and he built the furniture in the bedrooms.
The barn was dilapidated and in bad condition when he took it on. He started the work in 2017 and it was always his dream to design his own home. The back and side walls are completely original and everything at the front is from what they reclaimed. For the interiors he wanted an industrial look with a New York loft vibe.
The barn has been designed to today's standards using modern building techniques. An architect himself (he works with O’Mahony Pike in Dublin), Kevin says he knows what he wanted and put a lot of thought into every aspect of the design. He wanted to tie in with the original building so he used materials such as exposed brick, timber and metal. The house is on the same land as his brother’s home and his parents' bungalow is next door. It was very much a family project as Kevin’s dad is a builder and his brother a quantity surveyor.
Eoin Murray and wife Kate O’ Donnell bought their house over three years ago. The house was cleverly transformed thanks to the designs of Eoin’s architect sister Ciara Murray of Newmark Architecture. The house sits on an unusual site so Ciara and her business partner Sinead had to work with that.
The house is a 1930s council home and they added an extension. Eoin and Kate tried to put as much of their personality into their house as possible. They gutted the entire house and basically rebuilt it and doubled the floor space. From the outside the extension is hidden and as soon as you open the front door it feels like a hidden surprise.
Helen McVitty O’Hara lives in a new-build townhouse with her husband Alan O’Hara in Belfast. They bought the house in 2016 and they have managed to add their own personal touch to their home. When they first moved in it was a white box and a blank canvas for them. Helen says: “When choosing a starting point for every room it could be anything from a cushion to a rug or something that you want to tie a theme around.” The couple also cleverly transformed their garden into an urban retreat. Alan adds: “There is a wow factor in every room.”
Home of the Year, Episode 3, is screened tonight, Tuesday, March 10, at 8.30pm on RTÉ One