RTÉ One’s hugely successful television series Home of the Year is back for a third series.

The show will feature 21 diverse homes from across the country, seven of which will progress to a grand finale where they will compete for the title of Ireland’s Home of the Year.

The Home of the Year production team is currently looking for homes of all shapes, sizes and styles to apply for series three. Applications are open to all homes across Ireland.

Whether your home is an unusual conversion, a classic restoration, a contemporary new build or a country cottage, it could be Ireland’s next Home of the Year.

Details on how to apply are listed below.

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.

Our panel of expert judges will scour the country looking for homes filled with passion, personality and clever design at all budget levels.

Last year Egon Walesch and Richard Goodwin’s cabin in the woods in County Westmeath scooped the trophy.

Hugh Wallace described the design of the home as “faultless” adding, “this home had it all from top to toe, and it was the surprise of opening the door that made it exceptional.”

Deirdre Whelan said “It was the simplicity of the home, the beautiful flow, the aspect to the water, the fact that they embraced nature into the home”’ which made it special for her, adding, “I could move in tomorrow!”

Declan O’Donnell said; “it was a very special home … it was love at first sight for me.”

Looking ahead to the third series judge Hugh Wallace said; “I’ve been blown away by the creativity, passion and individuality that’s been showcased in Irish homes across the last two series. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege visiting each and every one of them and I’m excited to see what surprises the new series will bring.”

Interior Designer Deirdre Whelan said; “Being a judge on RTÉ One’s Home of the Year is truly fantastic. Getting to see such brave design in Irish homes has been inspiring.”

Architect Declan O’Donnell said; “One of the things I love about Home of the Year is it shows that everyone, regardless of budget, can use design to make better and happier homes. For me, design and happiness sit side by side, because a home needs to work for the way you live, but also reflect who you are.  Since we’re all so different, this means that behind every front door there is something unique – and that really excites me.”

The eight-part series will be broadcast in spring 2017 and is produced by ShinAwiL LTD for RTÉ.

To apply online go to: www.rte.ie/homeoftheyear or email homes@shinawil.com or call 01-2080855 for more information

Application deadline is Monday, July 18th, 2016