Home of the Year is back on RTÉ One for a brand new season and a brand new judge...

Every year we get to peek inside the amazing homes of some of Ireland's most creative designers and homemakers. From re-design, new builds, renovations and restorations the show puts a spotlight on those who have created their dream home.

This year, judge Declan O'Donnell has stepped away from the show and filling his shoes will be award-winning architect Patrick Bradley.

Patrick Bradley
Deirdre Whelan, Patrick Bradley and Hugh Wallace

Patrick gained a lot of attention when his own shipping container home appeared on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Patrick’s home has gone on to win several awards and has appeared in newspaper articles all over the world.

Joining Patrick will be two veteran HOTY judges - design legend Hugh Wallace and renowned interior designer Deirdre Whelan.

Over eight weeks, twenty-one homes will compete for the Home of the Year title, with three very different properties featured each week.

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The first episode visits homes in Derry, Wicklow and Down...

Derry

Bernadette
Bernadette with her family

Teacher Bernadette lives in this striking architectural home in Co. Derry with her husband and four sons.

Bernadette and Padraig have been working on this home for 8 years and it has already earned them the accolade of Ulster Home of the Year 2017.

The architect, Garbhan Doran, was a childhood friend of theirs, and they worked closely with him to create their dream home. 

Wicklow

Samantha-Mackey
Samantha Mackey

Samantha Mackey, a director of the family equestrian company, lives in a renovated period house in Co. Wicklow.

Samantha spent two years gutting and renovating it and also added a small extension. Samantha spent hours upon hours adding personal touches with trinkets, ornaments, rugs and sculptures she has picked up on her travels over the years.

Down

Sara-Thompson
Sara Thompson and her family

Sara Thompson is an interior designer based in Belfast. She lives in this period style home with her husband, Scott, and their three children.

Sara and Scott built a period style home for their family on the site of Scott’s parents’ home in County Down. The home was knocked and two homes were built to house three generations.

Throughout the home, Sara blends her love of art and interior design with family treasures passed from one generation to the next.