Grand Designs Australia
About the Show
Peter Maddison presents the Australian version of the architecture show that follows intrepid individuals as they try to design and construct the home of their dreams
Series 1 Summary
Australian version of the architecture show which follows intrepid individuals as they attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams.
Presenter Peter Maddison meets Chris Clarke.
Chris spent two years building his timber-and-steel dream home in Callignee, in Victoria's Gippsland region, when less than a week after completion, it was burnt to the ground in the devastating Black Saturday bushfires.
With nothing remaining but a concrete slab and a burnt out shell Chris was left feeling shattered and numb.
After recovering from the initial grief he was determined to re-build and re-use every salvageable element of the original house.
By adding sturdy recycled elements like Princes Pier timbers and rock blasted from a local quarry, Chris sets out to produce a tough, resilient version of the original home.
Architect Domenic Alvaro and his partner Sue Bassett love the inner city suburb of Surry Hills in Sydney. However their dream location comes with a nightmare price tag.
So they come up with a unique way of keeping costs down; by buying very small and building very tall. After buying a tiny corner car park measuring 7m x 6m they set out to create 220 square metres of light-filled living space.
Their vertical build comes together quickly thanks to the prefab concrete panels but there are still some challenges on site; a miniscule block and two narrow cross streets won't submit to the needs of a gigantic crane in a hurry - and the crane is essential as it hauls the huge panels and windows into position.
Jan and Ed Gilman found the perfect block with a ramshackle old weather board Queenslander fit for demolition.
Their intention was to pull it down, split the block and build two new houses - one to live in and the other to rent. But on learning its unique history as the 1880s summer house of pioneer Sir Augustus Gregory, they decided to tackle a restoration and do it themselves.
The biggest problem is that the house is too small, so to increase the floor space the house has to be lifted and moved forward on the block.
What follows is a painstaking restoration process, and, with no official heritage guidelines in place, Jan and Ed are faced with a difficult choice: take the laborious path of restoring the house to its former glory or opt for the easier path and lose the history of the house.
IT professionals Julie and Patrick Eltridge paid $1.6 million for an old house on a sloping block in Sydney's beachside Clovelly. It was the land and its sea views they wanted, not the asbestos-riddled 50s house.
With time a concern, they have to find a way to fast-track a slick and ultra modern two-story home in a matter of months. The couple hire a team of pre-fab builders who custom build them four top-end modules.
On completion, the pods will be trucked to Sydney and then crane-lifted into position, hopefully fitting comfortably next to the ground works completed on site.
But with Patrick overseas most of the time, Julie has to co-ordinate a team of tradespeople, engineers and builders across two states by herself.
For 17 years Trevor and Francoise Sullivan have lived with their two children in an open-sided shed, 100 kilometres south of Darwin, an area known for its ruggedly beautiful landscapes and harsh conditions.
With the children growing up and space at a minimum, they have designed a unique answer to their cramped living conditions: a cyclone-proof, tropical treehouse that is windowless and based on the shape of a 50 cent piece.
The couple have very little money to spend, so Trevor, a talented wood carver, has taken on the bulk of the task with help from some friends.
The Sullivans are determined to bring the land inside the house and Trevor finds an aged paperbark tree in the Daly River, which he wants to form the heart of the home.
Steve and Lisa Morley dream of recreating an American Hamptons-style home on the Gold Coast of Australia.
They love everything about the Hamptons style; from the warm timbers and the many windows to the open plan seaside living, pavilion style design, and classic, soft interior furnishings.
Lisa's done her research, but struggles to convince the people around her that her vision can work. It's a battle to find a builder and then a war to see her plans materialise.
Engineer Peter Riedel and his wife Mary, an interiors importer, bought an 1870s church on a whim for $20,000.
This quirky construction captured their imagination and a plan took shape to re-build the church on their property.
They envisaged converting their church into a house and have it overlooking Wilsons Promontory at the southern most tip of the mainland.
But their biggest challenge is how to compensate for the number of pieces missing...
Drew Muirhead wants to create a Balinese-resort-style mansion in Sydney's smallest suburb. But with an ever-dwindling bank balance, will he ever see his dream house completed?
Ian McDonald and Rob Wilhelm dream of owning a property by the sea where they can entertain guests without losing the mod cons that come with city living.
This would be a Grand Design in its most literal sense. A multi-layered faceted box with distinctive floating wings overlooking Port Phillip Bay on the Bellarine Peninsula - seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, cinema, a games room, glass lift, transparent panelled pool and rooftop garden.
With a construction budget of $1.8 million, the toughest part is making decisions and for these two very busy guys, it's a case of finding the time to devote to their massive project and keeping those last minute changes to a minimum.
Grand Designs Australia synopsis
Peter Maddison presents the Australian version of the architecture show that follows intrepid individuals as they try to design and construct the home of their dreamsEpisode Guide >