Take a look inside this Cork house which features on Home of the Year this week...

Another Cork house features on Home of the Year this week. Will it also make it to the final?
Take a look inside this Cork house which features on Home of the Year this week...

STYLISH ABODE: The Cork property of Loic DeHaye which features in Home Of The Year next Tuesday

ARCHITECT Loic DeHaye lives in Cork with his two daughters in a house that he re-designed.

Proud of the property, Loic says his home has a positive impact on the people who visit it, as it creates curiosity and surprise plus it is a great place for gathering with family and friends.

But will the judges in Home Of The Year appreciate it?

We will find out when the Leeside property features in the next episode of the hit show, on RTÉ1 on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Inside Loic DeHaye's home.
Inside Loic DeHaye's home.

Loic wanted a blank canvas to work with. He bought his home in 2017 and it was nearly derelict so he gutted it, then renovated and extended it. He kept most of the walls and partitions including the structure, and the two-storey extension was built in timber frame for a sustainable approach.

Loic kept the good room because it’s nice and snug. The extension is bright and open plan, it extends out to the garden, connecting the outside with the inside.

Loic DeHaye and his children in Home of the Year
Loic DeHaye and his children in Home of the Year

The dad of two describes the open plan room as the hub of the family. Original features have also been preserved including the staircase and the doors to give more character.

Loic says that functionality, simplicity and elegance are important to him. His property has minimalist interiors and his personality is evident throughout, with artwork and personal objects from his travels.

This is the last round of the series, with the final to be shown the following week. Can Loic make it through?

The other properties he is up against in next Tuesday’s episode are a new build in Co. Tyrone and a bungalow in Co. Mayo.

Paula and Dale Feathers designed the former, taking inspiration from gate lodges. They used rough plaster throughout and Dale says they appreciate a modern home but it is not their style.

Inside Loic DeHaye's home.
Inside Loic DeHaye's home.

They describe their property as being full of character, rustic and quirky. To add character, they hand cut the roof slates and Paula’s dad made the barge boards. They wanted a home that showed their personalities and say that everything in the house tells a story. The couple sourced all of their furniture from salvage yards and vintage shops.

The Mayo bungalow is owned by Sarah and Barry Battle, who live in the countryside with their three children. They describe it as contemporary with a traditional mix. They have high ceilings throughout and introduced some period style features.

Judges Hugh Wallace, Peter Crowley and Deirdre Whelan will tour the properties and give their verdicts.

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