A derelict church in County Limerick, an artist's abode and a home originally built in a back garden are the contenders in week six of Home of the Year. Click through the gallery above for a sneak preview.
Des Kingston's home
Supergarden fans may remember this Home of the Year contestant as the champion gardener of Bloom in 2017.
Garden designer Des Kingston came across a derelict church in County Limerick 30 years ago. He was struck by the sense of neglect and felt inspired to transform it into a distinctive family home.
Incredibly he did most of the work himself. The ground floor is open plan with a lot of internal glass to maximise light. It consists of a large sunroom/foyer, leading to the main living space-the church proper- combined with kitchen, the former altar area and a separate utility, the former sacristy.
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The original entrance porch is now Des’s office, entered through the dining room. Upstairs there is one very large main en-suite bedroom, two smaller bedrooms, one large main bathroom, and a separate shower room.
Jane Willoughby's home
Artist Jane Willoughby was searching for a home that had a traditional Victorian walled garden and something that was not a full restoration project.
Jane wanted something that she could work on to reflect her aesthetic as an artist and so, rather than restoring the home, she decided to add her own touches after buying it two years ago. She did this by collecting and buying items of furniture that were then held in storage while they waited for the sale of the house to go through.
Jane was aiming for an eclectic scheme with modern pieces that would fit in a period setting with older mahogany furniture. The interior has a calm and elegant charm with soft heritage colours with her own original artworks on all of the walls. What makes the interior distinctive are the many decorative art panels which, naturally, were painted by the woman herself.
Diarmiud and Orna's home
Engineer Diarmuid Cory and architect Orna Tubridy were both working and raising their family in the States when they purchased this home in 2010. It had been designed and built by an older couple in the back garden of their original home for their retirement.
When the couple bought the house, they rented it to tenants for four years before making plans to move into it themselves. They enlisted Orna’s cousin Colm to help realise their design of a fully accessible home for Diarmuid to function in.
Orna had a clear brief that she conveyed to Colm – to make the home wheelchair accessible without it looking clinical. In the end, they have created a gorgeous functional family home.
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