20 June 2011

Laurence launches search for new homes for House Of The Year


BBC Northern Ireland has launched a new search for the second series of House of the Year. Nicola and Angus Waddington’s (pictured left) Arts and Crafts-inspired house in Donaghcloney picked up this year’s overall title, House Of The Year 2010.

The judging panel will be looking for living spaces of every shape and style. Size isn’t important, it’s about how you’ve used the space, inside and out, and whether or not it feels like a home.

The series will feature homes across Northern Ireland, presented by Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, a man who really knows a thing or two when it comes to fabulous design.

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen said: “Where you live says so much about who you are, how you feel about yourself and how you’d like to be seen by other people. This is a fabulous opportunity to show off just how good you are at home making. We’ll be looking for homes that ooze personality and idiosyncratic charm, and who knows there might even be marks off for magnolia.”

Feargal O’Kane, series producer, added: “There are some amazing homes in Northern Ireland as we saw in series one. Once again this is a fantastic opportunity to show off them off to other homeowners throughout Northern Ireland. It’s a rare chance to have a top designer like Laurence Llewelyn Bowen visit, along with our industry experts, and whether or not you win you’ll definitely get something out of the experience.”

No matter how large or small, modern or traditional, from a mid terrace to a stately home, if you think your home has got what it takes to be House of the Year then why not fill out an application form?

Anyone applying must be over 18 and resident in Northern Ireland.  All entrants are required to be the registered owner of the property. Or if you would like to nominate someone else’s house, the registered owner must provide their written consent.

Entry forms are available online from the House of the Year website, by logging on to:

You can also write for an application form to: House of the Year Competition, BBC Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HQ

Closing date for entries is Monday, May 31st, 2010.

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