This is the stunning house that has been named Ireland’s Home of the Year for 2021 by RTE.
Jen Sheahan’s late 1800s artisan cottage in the capital wowed both viewers and judges alike, beating stiff competition to take the coveted title.
Among her competition were three other Dublin homes but it was Jen’s quirky design and brilliant use of limited space that really shone to have her property named the best.
Jen said she wanted one of these cottages for a long time and was delighted when one came on the market in 2019. It needed a lot of work as it was damp, had no central heating and the toilet was outside.
She 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.
There are clever storage solutions throughout the home. Jennifer describes her style as modern, playful and colourful. She loves that it is fun, comfortable and loves to see people’s reactions when they see a feature such as her disco ball light in her brightly coloured downstairs toilet.
Speaking of her happiness at winning Jennifer said: “I feel… 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.”
Speaking about the other six finalists Jennifer 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 other six finalists were:
- David O’ Brien – black bespoke home in Co Cork
- Kate O’ Driscoll – restored and modernised period home in Dublin
- Saara McLoughlin – quirky semi-detached house in Limerick
- Sally Ann Mitchell – cottage in Co Dublin
- Kevin Desmond – restored period home in Dublin city
- Tanya Lee Conroy – modernist architectural home in Co Galway
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Source: Dublin News