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‘Black house’ impresses on Home of The Year but many don’t like piano feature

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One of the contenders for Home of the Year has divided opinion.

The quirky property stands out from the crowd with its completely black exterior, which constrasts it’s modern and light interior.

But this isn’t the only feature that’s got viewers talking.

The house, built by David O'Brien in Cork, sparked debate among RTE viewers due to its grand piano.

Instead of placing the ostentatious instrument in a lounge or entertainment room, it’s located in the middle of the kitchen like an island.

The home-owner caused a stir by topping the grand piano with a vase of flowers and chopping board – with many opposing the interior design on Twitter.

According to RSVP Live, one viewer said: "The piano island will divide the nation, I can feel it."

Another joked: "Ha ha does he play the piano and wash the delf?"

A third wrote: “No deal from me on that piano island.”

Another said: “It’s a black shed. Piano in the kitchen. This is getting 0 from me. #HomeOfTheYear.”

And a fifth added: “The piano in the kitchen – hell no!”

Despite the criticism, many viewers couldn’t get enough of David’s design.

One person said: "I have followed Dave and his ‘black house’ on Instagram since the beginning.

“Fabulous home, the antique piano is genius as a kitchen island."

Another said: "I’m sorry, but using a piano as an island? LOVE."

A third wrote: “The black barn-style house is simply incredible. If it doesn’t win, I riot!”

And another added: “Every piece in the black house looks like it has some interesting story to tell.”

Judges Hugh Wallace, Suzie McAdam and Amanda Bone seemed to be equally impressed.

They sent David through to the final of Home of the Year.

He scored an impressive 28 out of 30 points and got rave reviews from the experts.

Hugh said: "The subtle creativity and the attention to detail throughout is a spark of genius. This is a special and intriguing home.”

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Suzie swooned: "There's a strong juxtaposition between the contemporary nature of the architecture and the considered and eclectic interior design.

“This is often a difficult balance to achieve and yet the homeowner here has made it look effortless."

And Amanda added: "This home is a great mix of the restrained and the eclectic."

So what do you make of the quirky property? Let us know in the comments below.

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