By JOHN DOLAN
CORK has two properties in next week's Home Of The Year final, after a stunning Ballinlough house won Tuesday's episode of the hit RTÉ show.
Judges Hugh Wallace, Deirdre Whelan and Peter Crowley were hugely impressed with the Cork home of architect Loic DeHay.
It will now go forward, along with six others - including a lighthouse cottage in Youghal - to next week's final.
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.
He 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.
Saoirse Fitzgerald, the other Cork finalist, owns the stunning cottage beside the lighthouse in Youghal. She went to school near the lighthouse and was living in London when she saw the cottage up for sale.
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.
The other five 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.
Home of the Year final is aired on RTÉ1 on Tuesday, April 14 at 8,30pm.