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 Worst Episodes of Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia - S3E10

#1 - Clovelly House Revisited

6.59

Season 3 - Episode 10

Julie and Patrick fast tracked the construction of their modern beachside home, thanks to a firm of pre-fab builders in Victoria. Peter re-visits them to learn how they have settled in.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 17 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S1E6

#2 - Hamptons House

6.72

Season 1 - Episode 6

If ever there was an ideal place for a Hamptons house outside the Hamptons, the Gold Coast hinterland would be it – wide open spaces, balmy sea-kissed air and a sense of prosperity. For Steve and Lisa Morley it’s the American dream or nothing for their 4,000 square metre block. They love everything about the Hamptons style, from the warm timbers, to the many windows, pavilion style design, parquetry flooring and classic, soft interior furnishings. Lisa has done her research, designing many elements herself and will stop at nothing to fulfill her dream.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 29 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S6E2

#3 - Harcourt House

6.89

Season 6 - Episode 2

Art and Troy are swapping out their life running a grand old Bendigo bed and breakfast for a bold new and dramatically modern enterprise.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 38 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S7E8

#4 - Stirling Glass Stone House, SA

6.98

Season 7 - Episode 8

Six years ago Louise and Steve bought two acres of a rambling English garden in the Adelaide hills. Using the local stone their dream home will be a rustic two storey stone farm house with a modern twist.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 46 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S4E4

#5 - Hornsby Heights Adobe

7.00

Season 4 - Episode 4

Ardent collectors Kerry and Judy have a passion for Sante-fe style, mud houses even though they live on a sloping bush block on Sydney’s north shore. Inspired by an unconventional builder who changes his mind (and their design) on a regular basis, they set out to create a home out of recycled timber and corrugated iron, rendered in clay dug up from the side of the road. It may be straight out of the American mid west but this hybrid home will have a distinctly Australian flavour and provide an earthy backdrop for their many artistic objects, artifacts and collectables.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 32 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S6E8

#6 - Turners Beach Eucalyptus House

7.11

Season 6 - Episode 8

Photographer Nigel is building his first house with wife Nina on a site steeped in bushland that will form his inspiration. He's designing the house around a large Eucalyptus tree that will be the focal point.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 37 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S4E7

#7 - Ilford Sheep Station

7.12

Season 4 - Episode 7

Thirteen years ago Meredith and Matt Bayfield needed an escape from their busy lives as doctors in Sydney so they purchased a working sheep property at Ilford in the central table lands of NSW.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 25 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S5E6

#8 - Toowoomba English Farmhouse

7.13

Season 5 - Episode 6

Sarah and Alistair bring a piece of the English countryside to Sarah's hometown. From the pitched roof to the European interiors, they are committed to authenticity - with a touch of fantasy.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 24 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S7E6

#9 - Kensington Curvy, VIC

7.13

Season 7 - Episode 6

Architect Tim Hill has made his name designing small, radically shaped, timber houses. Now it's time for Tim's family to up-size to a new house that will be curvaceously shaped like a foot.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 46 votes.

Grand Designs Australia - S6E1

#10 - Yackandandah House

7.14

Season 6 - Episode 1

Artistic brothers bond over a spectacular one bedroom creation at Yackandandah.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 57 votes.

#11 - Mt Tamborine, QLD
7.14
Season 8 - Episode 9

David and Sarah are in love with MtTamborine, the place they were married 22 years ago. They're now about to build a long-awaited home-away-from-home there, on lush mountain acreage boasting a rainforest and creek.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 14 votes.

#12 - Kuitpo House
7.15
Season 6 - Episode 6

Nick and Kate take inspiration from their vineyard location for the first build. Their architect designed home in the shape of a leaf, with a spine stone wall running through the middle and comes with a singing studio.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 34 votes.

#13 - Deakin Retro '70s House
7.19
Season 6 - Episode 9

Barbara and Bill love modernist design so they've sought an architect designed 70s style home. Bill has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease so the home's curved roof line and glass entrance is designed for the future.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 21 votes.

#14 - Aldinga Beach Dune, SA
7.19
Season 7 - Episode 7

Set on a small block overlooking the Southern Ocean, this three-pod home straddles a pair of four-meter high sand dunes on the protected Aldinga Scrub conservation area on the South Australian coast.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 47 votes.

#15 - Lockleys, SA
7.23
Season 8 - Episode 4

Tony and Tania want a million dollar house on a $400,000 budget. Working off handshake deals with the architect and builder, will their dream home be finished?

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 13 votes.

#16 - Kinglake House
7.23
Season 6 - Episode 3

Dan lost his home in the fire but it was no deterrent from returning to rebuild 5 years later. This time he’ll make sure the house is totally flame proof as well as being fully sustainable.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 30 votes.

#17 - Hampton Timber
7.28
Season 3 - Episode 2

Jenny & Brett are replacing their loved Californian Bungalow with a sculptural, Japanese style all timber house with wrap-around pool. Pure dedication ensures this uniquely challenging build triumphs despite the challenges.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 29 votes.

#18 - Curl Curl, NSW
7.29
Season 8 - Episode 3

Stephen has spent the last 15 years at the helm of his own construction company building homes for other people. Now with his first child on the way, he's finally building his own, and the plan is to make it grand.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 17 votes.

#19 - Battery Point Glass House
7.31
Season 2 - Episode 9

Adventurous, outdoorsy types, Greg Kay and Trish Knight, live in the ideal spot to enjoy nature - right on the waterfront in Hobart’s exclusive Battery Point. The view is dazzling and the aspect fabulous so when the time comes to downsize, they don’t want to go far – and end up buying the block next door. The plan is to subdivide, sell the heritage cottage at the front of the block and build a new house at the back, facing the water. But councils have a way of altering even the best laid plans – and after several set backs and a re-think, Greg and Trish find themselves embarking on an epic upsizing adventure. The old cottage must be integrated into a massive new house with two distinct zones – historical cottage at the front, ultra modern glass, timber and exposed concrete extension at the back. But it’s not easy. Stubborn blue stone bedrock, steep, narrow, restricted access, and a rogue sewage line indicate trouble ahead. Add to that an architect given free reign, contracts done on a handshake, and Greg’s insistence on quality, and you have a schedule blow out with a budget spinning out of control. The big question is – can they afford to live there?

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 29 votes.

#20 - Ocean Shores Chipboard, NSW
7.31
Season 7 - Episode 5

GP Zewlan and her electrician husband Tom, want an architect designed home in a great location on shoestring budget. Working within a tenuous loan framework, what they create is inspiring.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Grand Designs Australia from 48 votes.

Last updated: apr 05, 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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