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Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia

LifeStyle 2010

Follows intrepid individuals as they try to design and construct the home of their dreams.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia - S9E8

#1 - Coburg, VIC


Season 9 - Episode 8

Marc and Felicity have dreams of building a non-toxic, passive home and after years of work, the unthinkable happens – a fire sweeps through their beloved home just as they are about to move in. Will their dreams be shattered forever?

The episode was rated from 16 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S5E8

#2 - Brookfield Spotted Gum


Season 5 - Episode 8

The brief to their architect was simple. A home that not only makes the very best of its location, but is truly unique. In short, as different as possible from the traditional ranch style and Queenslander neighbours.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S1E9

#3 - Indented Head House


Season 1 - Episode 9

Ian McDonald and Rob Wilhelm are not building an understated new home. Theirs is a Grand Design in its most literal sense. A glass box with a roof like floating wings overlooking Port Phillip Bay on the Bellarine Peninsula – seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, cinema, games room, glass lift, glass panelled pool, rooftop garden – all the bells and whistles, all the boy’s toys. With a construction budget of $1.8 million, the question is will they burst the budget banks and by how much?

The episode was rated from 31 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S7E1

#4 - North Bondi Urban Cliff, NSW


Season 7 - Episode 1

Brendan and Penelope dream of a multi-tiered, multi-million dollar home, complete with infinity pool on the side of a cliff in Bondi. But when they constantly change plans, will it ever be finished?

The episode was rated from 75 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S4E3

#5 - Torrens Park Modern Mansion


Season 4 - Episode 3

Hoteliers Richard and Denise have knocked down the family home in the Adelaide Hills and are re-building an even bigger version, despite the fact their kids are grown. This modern mansion will have all the bells and whistles, amid resort like luxury on 3 tiered acres overlooking Adelaide. But is this unpretentious, likeable couple creating a home or a hotel for themselves? Money may be no object but have they taken on too much?

The episode was rated from 36 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S1E1

#6 - Bushfire House


Season 1 - Episode 1

February 2009. Chris Clarke had just spent two years building his minimalist timber and steel dream home at Callignee in Gippsland 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 shattered and numb. After recovering from the initial grief he was determined to re-build and re-use every last salvageable element of the original house. What he creates in the year or so following is simply remarkable. By adding sturdy recycled elements with the latest fire resistant materials, Chris sets out to produce a tough, resilient version of the original home (now dubbed Callignee One). Wearing its embattled past as a badge of honour, will Callignee Two not only face up to the Aussie bush?

The episode was rated from 60 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S5E9

#7 - Pipers Creek Strawbale House


Season 5 - Episode 9

Like many people, Dean and Sherril Lamb yearn for a simpler existence, for them and their three children. But unlike most people, they’re actually going to try to make it happen. They’ve sold their successful fruit shop and home in Warragul and bought 40 acres in Pipers Creek in country Victoria; all in the pursuit of total self sufficiency.

The episode was rated from 31 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S5E1

#8 - The Graceville Container House


Season 5 - Episode 1

An experimental three storey house made entirely from 31 new shipping containers.

The episode was rated from 42 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S6E10

#9 - Northcote Vinegar Factory


Season 6 - Episode 10

Owner/Architect Adrian is passionate about sustainable building. He has grand plans for turning his Vinegar Factory inside out by creating a four storey eco-friendly house complete with a series of walled rainforest.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S2E1

#10 - Brighton Sixties


Season 2 - Episode 1

Over the years, Nick and Anna McKimm have almost made a hobby of renovating, selling and moving on. But with three young children, they’re ready to lay down permanent roots and build their dream home. A sleek, modernist, 60’s inspired family residence on a large, half acre block in Melbourne’s bayside suburb, Brighton. Nick heads up a successful building company and knows a lot about quality period reproductions - particularly classical architectural styles - and Anna has a flair for beautiful fit-outs. But as they’re about to learn, mid-century building is very different to other architectural styles and comes with its own challenges.

The episode was rated from 33 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S1E8
#11 - Cottage Point House
Season 1 - Episode 8

Drew Muirhead is a self employed entrepreneur and man about town. He’s building a Balinese resort style mansion in leafy Cottage Point. Not one to do things by halves, Drew’s mansion will have Balinese Pavilions, an infinity pool, its own nightclub, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a steam room. It all faces a private beach with boatshed and speedboat. The biggest battle for Drew, who is project managing the build – is the steep sloping block and access.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S4E10
#12 - Dynyrnne Curved
Season 4 - Episode 10

Self confessed hippies Cole and Jane Bradshaw bought a thin sliver of land on an exceptionally steep site only a landscaper could love, in the hilly suburb of Dynnyrne in Hobart... a place they chose as much for the tight knit community it sits in, as for the location itself.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S8E1
#13 - Euroa, VIC
Season 8 - Episode 1

In the bush ranger territory of the Strathbogie Ranges, Eddie and Dot dream of a home with a magnificent 360 degree view. Can they work around the huge granite boulders to achieve their dream?

The episode was rated from 30 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S8E5
#14 - Lewisham, TAS
Season 8 - Episode 5

Alice is a long term fan of the small house movement and on a sloping site facing the Southern Ocean. She's creating a petite 40 square metre pod, offering all she needs and nothing more.

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S6E5
#15 - Launceston, TAS
Season 6 - Episode 5

Seasoned renovators Mark and Karen are taking on the challenge of converting a derelict 1920's electricity substation into a cutting edge home - while preserving its history and integrity.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S5E4
#16 - Foxground Pavilion
Season 5 - Episode 4

After 30 years as a civil engineer, Joe Cato sells his building business to spend more time with his kids and build a new house. This house will be completed entirely by rammed earth construction.

The episode was rated from 33 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S3E4
#17 - Warburton Arch House
Season 3 - Episode 4

Tyrone & Hailey follow the advice of a feng shui expert or 'energy ecologist' throughout construction of their new house. An owner-built labour of love, their passive solar building has a curved living roof planted with native grasses.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S7E3
#18 - Verrierdale Tent House, QLD
Season 7 - Episode 3

Inland from Noosa in a lush tropical landscape sits Nick and Nicole's sail house. They have a daring design which they hope will look like a yacht moored on dry land and provide them with a true adventure in paradise.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S2E5
#19 - Trinity Beach Pole House
Season 2 - Episode 5

Daniel Leipnik and Andrew Preston have long cherished the dream of a laid-back, barefoot life in the tropics. And they have found the ideal location at Trinity Beach near Cairns in Far North Queensland. Their ambitious new home will grace a hillside block bordering a World Heritage rainforest and overlooking the Coral Sea. After years planning this grand sea-change, they are ready at last to manage its construction. Their vision is for a classic pavilion-style pole home, nestled in the tree tops. But project managing is tough enough if you’re on site… and they’re attempting the job from 4,000 kilometres away in Melbourne, plus this is a first time experience for them both. While they believe they’ve left no stone unturned designing their South Pacific inspired hideaway, they can’t escape the challenges of the location. A precarious driveway, tropical downpours and expensive local trades are all threatening to send their budget and schedule spiralling out of control. Between pressing work commitments and the tyranny of distance, these idealists still believe they can pull off the house of their dreams. The question is, can they?

The episode was rated from 29 votes.
Grand Designs Australia - S4E6
#20 - Forest Lodge Eco House
Season 4 - Episode 6

Chris and wife Belinda bought the small ‘car park’ of land next door to their existing house, just 3.9 metres wide: literally a tiny gap in a long row of heritage listed cottages in Sydney’s inner west Forest Lodge. Their plan is to squeeze every centimeter of land into a uniquely sustainable house.

The episode was rated from 31 votes.

Last updated: jul 16, 2022



Great show and some epic houses in there. Just shows how different the housing market is on the other side of the world!


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