7.8
63 votes
Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia

LifeStyle 2010

Grand Designs Australia tells the stories of new homes and perhaps more importantly the Aussies who are building them. Based on the award-winning UK series, Grand Designs Australia is the first international format of the critically acclaimed show. The series charts the in-depth process of elaborate design projects undertaken by self-builders - from the initial details of blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning the designs into a practical living space. No design is too ambitious when it comes to creating your dream home. But discovering the hard realities that complicate your plans can often be too much to bear. Hosted by leading Australian architect Peter Maddison.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia - S5E8

#1 - Brookfield Spotted Gum House

8.09

Season 5 - Episode 8

Millie and Andrew are bringing their dream of life on a farm to fruition, including a home that is unique. Projecting out of the landscape and clad in natural materials, it's a new take on rural living.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 33 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S1E9

#2 - Indented Head House

8.00

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 #2 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 30 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S8E5

#3 - Lewisham, TAS

7.95

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 #3 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 19 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S4E3

#4 - Torrens Park Modern Mansion

7.94

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 #4 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 34 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S8E1

#5 - Euroa, VIC

7.92

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 #5 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 25 votes.

#6 - Bushfire House
7.91
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 #1 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 54 votes.

#7 - North Bondi Urban Cliff, NSW
7.90
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 #2 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 72 votes.

#8 - Pipers Creek Strawbale House
7.90
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 and make it happen. They’ve sold their successful fruit shop and home in Warragul and bought 40acres in Pipers Creek in country Victoria ….all in the pursuit of total self sufficiency.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 30 votes.

#9 - Cottage Point House
7.89
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 #4 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 28 votes.

#10 - Northcote Vinegar Factory
7.88
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 #5 Best episode of Grand Designs Australia from 33 votes.

Last updated: may 01, 2021

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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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