Can a Cork house win tonight's Home of the Year final?

The two Cork finalists in this year's Home of the Year are Saoirse Fitzgerald's lighthouse in East Cork and Loic DeHay's city abode
Can a Cork house win tonight's Home of the Year final?

Home of the Year finalists Saoirse Fitzgerald, with her mum and sister.

CAN a Rebel County property win the coveted Home Of The Year title?

There are two houses from Cork in the final seven, and all will be revealed when the winning property is selected in the last episode of the current series on RTÉ1 tonight (Tuesday, April 14) at 8.30pm.

Judges Hugh Wallace, Deirdre Whelan and Peter Crowley will gather with all the finalists in Palmerstown in Co. Kildare for the finale.

The two finalists from Cork are Saoirse Fitzgerald, who owns a stunning cottage beside the lighthouse in Youghal, and architect Loic DeHay, whose Cork city abode is a new build.

Saoirse went to school near the lighthouse and was living in London when she saw the cottage up for sale.

The bathroom of the home of Saoirse Fitzgerald in East Cork, which features on Home of the Year final on RTE1.
The bathroom of the home of Saoirse Fitzgerald in East Cork, which features on Home of the Year final on RTE1.

She spent a few months renovating it with the help of conversation architects and her family. Her dad helped her with the bulk of the work and they wanted to modernise the house but retain its character while doing so.

They kept as much as they could such as the original front door, the windows, the fireplaces and some of the floors.

It was important for Saoirse to take advantage of the sea view so she opened up a lot of the wall’s downstairs.

Her bathroom was formerly an old coal shed and is now a mainly glass bathroom with spectacular views out to the sea.

Saoirse loves industrial style and got a lot of furniture made using reclaimed wood and brass.

Loic DeHay's house.
Loic DeHay's house.

Meanwhile, Loic bought his home in 2017 and it was nearly derelict so he gutted, 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.

Architect Loic DeHay.
Architect Loic DeHay.

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 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 functionality, simplicity and elegance are important to him.

The other finalists are:

  • A 200-year-old Dublin house which has been renovated by interior designer Kerry Hiddleston and Patrick O’ Grady.
  • A property which lies is in the countryside in County Cavan and overlooks a lough.
  • A 1930 council house which has had an extension added.
  • A 19th century converted carriage house and hay loft in a picturesque courtyard setting in county Dublin.
  • A spacious property in Belfast.

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