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Upside down house Co Down takes the place in the final House of the Year

An upside down house in Co Down took third place in the final of RTÉ’s House of the Year.

In the third episode of the latest series, Aoife and Gareth Tolerton showcased their redesigned home built to make the most of the spectacular coastline on which it sits.

The house is an upside down house, so the bedrooms are at the bottom and the living area is above.

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House of Co Down is a finalist for House of the Year. Photo: RTÉ

The layout aims to maximize the view and make the most of the sense of light for the whole house.

Aoife, who works as an artist and graphic designer, took over the interior and created a modern, minimalist look that is clean and softened with rustic elements of wood throughout.

The couple said they loved the modern, 1960s, rustic vibe they wanted to recreate in their home.

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Co Down’s House is a finalist for House of the Year. Photo: RTÉ

The outside of the family home has a terrace facing east to south, so it receives sunlight from morning to evening.

Aoife said the house’s open plan design was “necessary” for the family and that “rain or shine, the views are immense”, while Gareth described the location as “quite tranquil”.

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Co Down’s House is a finalist for House of the Year. Photo: RTÉ

The master bedroom also has a freestanding bathtub facing the sea.

Aoife and Gareth scored a near perfect 28/30 and judge Amanda Bone said she was “delighted that this home team made it to the final”.

“I really feel that the host and the house, they are one. So for that reason, I gave this magnificent home a big 10,” she said.

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Tipperary Farm House Entry of the Year

The next highest score of 26 was awarded to a farm in Co Tipperary which judge Hugh Wallace praised for its “big, high ceilings; lovely farm kitchen style”.

Denis and Máre Hennessey-O’Connor renovated their farm house over a period of two years and they live there with their children.

The couple said it was very important to them that the original feel of the property was not lost, so they kept as much of the old cottage as possible.

Roof is the interior decorator and she designs interiors that are a well-balanced blend of traditional and modern.

She decorated the family home in a chic country style, keeping it homely, cozy, relaxed with modern touches.

The latest series of House of the Year began on February 15 and will air at 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday for eight weeks.

The series will visit 21 stunning homes in Galway, Wicklow, Down, Cork, Longford, Sligo, Kilkenny, Antrim, Kerry and Tipperary.

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