This week on Home of the Year, the judges visit three extraordinary homes including an upside down copper home in South Dublin, a Victorian-inspired house in Westmeath and eighteenth-century farmhouse buildings in the Wicklow hills.

South Dublin

Joseph
Joseph Kearney

Joseph Kearney lives in an upside-down copper home in South Dublin where he decided to take an opportunity to create a once-in-a-lifetime chance to commission a serious piece of architecture in a footprint of 105 square metres.

When Joseph’s wife passed away he felt that their former Victorian family home didn’t work for him anymore. He decided to work with architect Tom Maher to create an incredibly original home instead.

The judges felt very passion about the motivations behind the design of the house by the family - or at least two of them are and it leads to some interesting scenes...

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The result was a curved design that starts on the roof deck with its projecting ceiling and Canadian maple interlining and carries down to form the floor of the living room.

It’s an ‘upside down’ house with the bedrooms and main bathroom on the ground floor; the living area and study on the middle floor; and the kitchen/dining at the top, opening onto a roof garden. 

Westmeath

Bernadette and family
Bernadette, Fergal and their children

Building Surveyor Feargal Connell and his wife Bernie live in a Victorian-inspired house in Westmeath and relied on Feargal’s expertise when designing their dream home. 

The family sold their former home, a bungalow, during the boom years and used the money to buy their current dream home.

Fergal and Bernie did a lot of research into Victorian houses as they wanted to get the measurements right such as windows, skirting and ceiling dimensions. They always have had a love of period homes but wanted a more modern style of that décor. 

Bernie loves Laura Ashley and describes her style as 'modern country'. She said she always gets her own way in the end when it comes to style such as painting the front door a bright pink colour!

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Wicklow

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Patrick and Ros

Patrick, an artist and Ros, the creative director of Avoca, live in an eighteenth-century farmhouse building in the Wicklow hills.

The home is made up of the farmhouse and other converted outbuildings.The two bought the cottage while living in Galway in the 1990’s and they describe it as a piece of heaven.

Patrick and Ros say their style is eclectic and bohemian filled with family heirlooms, paintings, junk-shop finds and design pieces.