Inside the renovated period house in Dublin City, hailed as ‘the perfect home’ with top marks on RTE’s House of the Year

A renovated period house in Dublin city has been deemed ‘the perfect home’ as it won top marks on RTE’s House of the Year this week.

House of the Year judges Hugh, Amanda and Sara hit the road to visit a country house in County Wicklow, a coastal house in County Cork and a refurbished property in Dublin tonight.

And while the competition was tighter than ever with only one point between the two finalists, it was a renovated house in the capital that won.



When Sarah Duggan and her fiancé Ian McNamee in County Dublin saw their property, they could see the potential for renovation.

They stripped everything down, reconfigured the stairs and raised the ceiling to the peak of the roof to allow light to flood the house.

Sarah, who works in fashion, was inspired to decorate her home in a minimalist style, using clean silhouettes and luxurious fabrics to create a light, airy and calm atmosphere.

And the judges loved it, describing it as a “perfect” home and a “sophisticated urban lodge”.

Giving it top marks, Amanda said, “It’s a great example of how thoughtful, contemporary design and detailing can complement and transform a period home. I am delighted to give this house a 10.”





Hugh added: “This house is a tour de force of design and style.”

The house scored a whopping 28 points and will advance to the final in April, where the winner will be crowned.

Elsewhere, the judges visited engineers Emma Kelly and Ciaran O’Sullivan, in County Cork, who live in their coastal home with their children.

The design expert couple found the house, which was a 1970s bungalow, and fell in love with its location and coastal views.

The first thing they set out to do was to reorient and reallocate the space to create a southern aspect with the main living areas facing the sea.

The family loves the sense of light in their home and the double arched windows in the open plan living/dining/living room which provide such a wonderful connection to the view.

Emma Edmonds, interior designer and color consultant, who lives in her country home in County Wicklow with her Maltese terrier, Maxi was next.

When Emma bought the property it was in good condition but needed updating so she tore up the interiors, replacing them with her own fun no rules style.

Emma loves antiques and mixing the new with the old. She uses texture and color in every room and loves that her home always evolves with her.

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