Who will win Scotland's Home of the Year? We take a look at the nominees

The front of the Edwardian renovation of Kirklee mansion shows stone builds and many windows
The Grand Finale of Scotland's Home of the Year is on Monday at 9pm on BBC Scotland or be seen on BBC iPlayer (Image credit: BBC)

The quest to find Scotland's Home of the Year nears its conclusion on Monday as judges Anna Campbell Jones, Michael Angus, Banjo Beale will decide between the 6 finalists.

One house has been entered from every region and the judges will have to evaluate which home takes the ultimate prize and win Scotland's Home of the Year for 2023. 

The show is well worth a watch, particularly for anyone thinking about renovating a house or taking on a self build project for some design inspiration. Here we take a look at all the highlights of the homes featured so far in the series that are competing to win the title.

The train station with graffiti on its walls

Episode one of the show looks for a finalist for Scotland's Home of the Year's East category — and their first stop is the Old Train House in Edinburgh. This Victorian renovation is home to Christina, her husband Ben, their daughter Vesper, and dog Watson. 

Previously an abandoned train station, the building remained empty for a decade until the couple transformed it into a family home.

Upon entering, you can see the homeowners' eclectic tastes and their commitment to sustainability. The three levels of the house are adorned with second-hand furnishings. The property also pays homage to its history, with graffiti on the exterior garden walls to give it a distinctive style.

The Victorian 'double upper' with vintage decor 

The judges then visit the Alexandra Apartment, a refurbished double upper (a two-storey upper level flat) Victorian property in Kirkcaldy. This residence belongs to Gary and his flatmate Sammy with Gary undertaking all the renovation work himself, stripping the building back to its brickwork. 

The home is now filled with a collection of art and objects, complemented by vintage furniture, which truly reflects Gary's personal style and taste.

The renovation that blends the 70s and 90s

Lastly, in the East, the judges discover Mount Frost in Fife. This property underwent a transformation in the 90s and is now the home of Emma, Scott, and their children, Howie and Torin. 

The house had been stuck in a time warp until the couple converted it into a family-friendly living space, blending elements from the 70s and 90s.

Throughout Mount Frost, vibrant colours fill the interior across its four floors. The master bedroom, in contrast, has a watercolour scheme, while a hidden slate hides the dressing area.

Judge Anna Campbell Jones explains what they were looking for with their Eastern finalist (which we won't spoil for viewers by naming), which is a home with "bags of personality, care for the planet and that most important ingredient…love”.

The clever stone home with upcycled interior

The second episode of the show looks at three properties in the North East and the Northern Isles.

Their first stop takes them to a Victorian renovation in the village of Old Meldrum, just a few miles outside of Aberdeen. This detached property, constructed from stone, underwent a home extension and features a spacious garden.

It is home to Kelly, her husband Scott, and their children Ollie, Lola, Libby, and Ritchie. The cottage includes upcycled elements that pay homage to Kelly's family-run garage business, including a petrol pump light.

The boxy new build with suspended fireplace

The judges next arrive at Snowdrop House, a contemporary new build just outside St Cyrus in Aberdeenshire. 

This modernist dwelling in the countryside, belongs to property developer Ross. Spanning two floors, Snowdrop House showcases a box-like design with views of the surrounding landscape and has a range of features, such as a games room, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a suspended fireplace in the living room, offering fireplace lighting ideas to others.

The home that interplays the sea with the sky

The final property in the Central category is Skeir A Lidda, a self build in St Marys, Orkney, which is home to Lesley, her husband Erik, and their dog Newton.

The design inspiration for the couple stems from the interplay between the sea and sky. This two-storey home features a cosy study, a master bedroom with a dressing room, and a 'Jack and Jill' bathroom which is a bathroom that has two doors and is usually accessible from two bedrooms.

The judge Michael Angus felt the home to be put through to the final was "the right building, in the right place" and "compassionately decorated to enhance the lives within”. You'll have to watch the show to find out which home this was.... no spoilers here.

The 'skinny house' on a skinny plot

The judges delved into the Central region with their first stop being in the Bridge of Allan, where they encounter the Skinny House, the residence of Austin and his partner Hayley. This new build sits on a narrow plot of previously unused land, spanning a mere four and a half meters in width.

Designed by Austin's architect father, Skinny House impresses with its elongated layout, featuring two external courtyards.

The sandstone home inspired by William Morris

Moving on, the judges arrive at The Old Manse in Auchterarder, Perthshire. This sandstone-period property, dating back to the mid-19th century, is the home of Kelly, Michel, and their three children. 

Kelly instantly fell in love with the house, while Michel sought a more modern dwelling that required no renovation. Undeterred by the challenge, Kelly restored the period property, drawing inspiration from 19th-century British textile designer William Morris.

The five-bedroom home features three bathrooms, a stunning garden, and a cinema room.

The home that embraces 'one level' living

The final contender in the Central category is Daisy Cottage in Dunblane. This traditional cottage, dating back to 1784, is the home of Laura, David, and their three cats.

Daisy Cottage has been in Laura's family for generations and embraces "one level" living, catering to her disabled father's needs. The house is designed to be accessible for all and features a library-cum-study, a terraced back garden, and a quaint art gallery. Laura also showcases her own art creations in Daisy Cottage's "Loovre," which happens to be the bathroom.

'Beech Tree' house which lives up to its name

For the South section of Scotland’s Home of the Year sees the judges start with Beech Trees, a new build, eco house in Dumfries and Galloway, home to Zoe, Tony and their three black Labradors Nina, Lilly and Finn. 

All on one level, Beech Tree’s sustainable design is evident throughout. As well as making many of their own home furnishings including curtains and cushions and cabinets, the couple also used beech trees from the plot of land the house was built on to make an outdoors table, shelves and even window sills. 

Milking barn given modern renovation

Staying in Dumfries and Galloway, the judges visit Knocklimpen. A former milking barn with a contemporary extension, the property is home to Helen Joyce and husband, David.

Having laid empty for over 25 years, the couple wanted to retain the original character and integrity of the barn whilst linking it to a modern extension.

16th century dilapidated home revamped with recycled items

Finally, it’s off to a historic renovation on the outskirts of Peebles – "Manor House". Thought to date back to the 16th century, Manor House is now home to Megan, husband Mike and their children, Caleb and Emilia.

When the couple first came across the property it was completely dilapidated with holes in the roof and damp throughout. Nestled in the countryside, the home is full of salvaged items including an old science bench as a kitchen island and stunning wallpaper throughout.

With only one spot for the South in Scotland’s Home of the Year grand final on offer, Anna, Banjo and Michael must decide whether it will go to "Beech Trees", "Knocklimpen" or "Manor House" which advances.

Self built chalet at the bottom of Ben Nevis

The Highlands and Islands feature in episode 5 where the judges first visit a Swiss log -inspired home in Fort William. "Archwood Lodge" is home to Jack, Penny, Jack’s son Archie, their cats Merlot and Romeo and sausage dog, Gus.

A childhood dream come true, Jack always wanted to build his own lodge and the couple are thrilled with their chalet fantasy nestled at the bottom of Ben Nevis.

Built over two levels, "Archwood Lodge" brings the outside indoors and Jack and Penny’s scenic garden often plays host to ceilidh dancing when friends and family visit.

Self build inspired by renowned architect

Next up, Anna, Banjo and Michael head off to the Isle of Skye to visit two distinctive properties.

"Achachork" is a self build property in Portree, home to Muriel, John and their three terriers, Georgie, Mixie and Tilly.

Achachork was designed by the couple with subtle nods towards acclaimed Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, famous for his designs of unorthodox posters, craftwork, and furniture.