Each week on RTÉ Lifestyle, we'll be giving Home of the Year fans a chance to re-visit three competitors' homes from the comfort of their own couch the morning after the show has aired. You can watch the full episode back on RTÉ Player.
The series this year features a diverse mix of homes including converted mills, a converted schoolhouse, apartments, bespoke architectural new builds, re-imagined cottages and bungalows, DIY homes, restored period homes and vernacular buildings.
On last night's episode, we had a peek into a converted 200-year-old industrial mill in Co. Down...
Rachel and Chris Larmour, Co. Down
Rachel and Chris Larmour converted a 200-year-old industrial mill in Co. Down into a family home. They started restoring their home in 2017 and it's an ongoing process.
When they purchased their home, only the shell of the mill had been restored, the front door had been blocked up and there were no stairs inside for access to the first floor.
They started from scratch, got electricity, a septic tank and heating.
There were a few internal walls and the rest was up to them to restore and renovate. They love the character of their home.
They looked at building a new house but when they came across the mill and its heritage, they knew they wouldn't be able to build anything that has the same character.
They are both architects who embraced the challenge of taking on a project like this.
They are both architects who embraced the challenge of taking on a project like this. They adore their kitchen and living area, which are technically two separate rooms but are semi‐open plan with a stone and brick arch between the two spaces.
It is a calm, neutral space that enhances the mill’s features, such as the sandstone cornicing and the holes in the solid stone walls for the mill chutes.
Watch Home of the Year on Tuesdays at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.