Over 8 weeks, 21 homes will compete for the Home of the Year title, with three very different and unique properties featured each week.

From radical renovations to gentle restorations and brave new builds, Home of the Year features people who have made their dream home, just the way they want it. The series will showcase homes from all across Ireland including a renovated railway building turned home, an aluminium clad contemporary new build, a 17th century farmhouse and a transformed country cottage to name but a few.

Making the tough decisions on which homes go through to the final are our three expert judges; design legend Hugh Wallace, acclaimed architect Declan O’Donnell and award winning interior designer Deirdre Whelan.

Looking for individuality, functionality and clever design, the judges will individually score each of the homes out of 10, the home with the highest combined score in each programme will go through to the final, where the judges will crown the ultimate winner.


The Judges:

Hugh Wallace MRIAI, MIDI

Company: http://douglaswallace.com

Interior Designer and Architect Hugh Wallace has over 30 years’ experience in the interior design industry, and is world renowned for his insight and knowledge as a leader in design. In 2014 he received a life time achievement for this contribution to the Design Industry in Ireland.

Graduating in architecture from Dublin’s Trinity College in 1980, he immediately set up in practice with his then business partner Alan Douglas, a conservation architect. In his own words, "at that time there was no architectural work, only interior design," so he focused on interiors and soon became the go to man for luxurious design in Ireland.

Working at the highest end of residential design in Ireland and aboard, Hugh also works with word renowned brands to create prestigious and glamorous design for exacting clients. His clients include Brown Thomas, The G Hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Dunnes Stores, Peter Mark, Harrods and Espa International. Hugh is now working on a number of residential projects in Dubai and Oman while continuing with hotel and residential projects in Ireland.

To Hugh, design is about making a unique environment where people’s imagination can take flight. The design he creates is about inspiration, desire and a place people are happy in and enjoy as a result.

Deirdre Whelan

Deirdre Whelan is an award winning Interior Designer based in Dublin.

Deirdre has over 25 years’ experience in the interior design industry in both residential and commercial projects.

Having established her own private practise in 1996 she has since collaborated as lead interior designer with a selection of highly respected architectural firms on high end projects including the Clarion Hotel Dublin and Cork, Dublin’s Gibson Hotel, several of Dublin’s best known restaurants and most recently the Marker Hotel in Dublin. Deirdre is now an interior designer with Scott Tallon Walker architects.

Declan O’Donnell

Company – http://www.odkmarchitects.com

Declan O’Donnell is a highly respected award winning architect based in Dublin.

Declan studied architecture at Queen’s University Belfast and the Mackintosh School of architecture in Glasgow. On completion of his Postgraduate Degree he was invited to join the international architecture firm, Foster + Partners in London. During his time there he took a lead role in the design of some of the most significant and challenging projects across the globe at the very cutting edge of contemporary architecture.

In 2008 he returned to Dublin to setup ODKM Architects, who have developed a reputation for delivering bespoke eye-catching architecture, and with an impressive selection of residential projects already completed, he has quickly established himself as an Architect with a difference.