Over the past few weeks, Home of the Year has taken us inside stunning homes around the country, revealing daring interior design styles, breathtaking renovations and more than a few envy-worthy work-from-home set ups. 

It's been a series filled with spectacular homes, but only one can be crowned the winner of Home of the Year 2021.

After whittling 21 entries down to just seven finalists, it was Jen Sheahan and her jaw-dropping late 1800s artisan cottage in Dublin that scooped the prize. You can look back at her home in the video above.

Speaking about her win, Jen was overjoyed, saying, "I don't even know how I feel yet! Complete and utter shock - I'm floating on air I’m so thrilled to pieces I can’t believe it!"

"My home is little and it needs to have a lot of dual functions so it might be small, but a lot can be done in a small space that’s really just made for me. It’s just incredible I would never ever have thought that it would be me standing here." 

The six other finalists – David O' Brien's black bespoke home in Co. Cork; Kate O' Driscoll's restored and modernised period home in Dublin; Saara McLoughlin's quirky semi-detached house in Limerick; Sally Ann Mitchell's cottage in Co. Dublin; Kevin Desmond's restored period home in Dublin City and Tanya Lee Conroy's modernist architectural home in Co. Galway – all had incredible homes, so competition was fierce. 

Speaking about the other six finalists Jen said, "It's mind blowing - the creativity is incredible the different style in every home. Really, really impressive - it was wonderful to see it I could've stayed looking at those (photo displays of the other homes) all day."

The quaint property truly packed a punch and was a lesson in how smart design and an owner's personality can transform even the smallest spaces. Jen wanted one of these cottages for a long time and was delighted when one came on the market in 2019.

With no central heating, a toilet outside and damp throughout, the house needed a lot of work but Jen did a complete renovation, knocked all internal walls, dug up the floor and lowered it plus added on an extra floor to make it a two-storey house.

Her fun design details and use of colour throughout the home enthralled the judges, but it was Jen's clever storage designs that truly wowed them, including a fold away table in the compact back garden. 

The judges were glowing in their praise for the property, which took their breath away. Hugh Wallace said that "arriving up to this cottage was a treat", adding that "You knew something special was going on!"

"Entering the living/kitchen/dining area was terrific because it's such a small footprint of the house. They created so much space in that area around the dining table with all their memorabilia pictures little bits and pieces and I thought it was terrific. 

"The home has been re-imagined and oozes with the personality and style of the homeowner - the design, layout and functionality of this home was a real surprise. It has great functionality for a small home but even better - big personality and that came from the homeowner."

New judge Amanda added to the praise, saying "Jen's home is very cleverly thought out in terms of the layout,  particularly the open plan kitchen, dining and living area and even though the ceilings are low, because of the light, it feels much more spacious". 

"The home that won is all about what can be achieved with clever design in such a small space. Definitely a unique home and a well-deserved winner."

Suzie was also bewitched by the fun and playful home, saying, "I love that Jen's home was packed full of personality - these functional areas and yet we saw colour. She even had a disco bathroom which I thought was so much fun. This home represents everything this competition is about, it's the right end to the story".