TOP HOMES ON SHOW

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - RESIDENTIAL -

AUS­TRALIA will help crown the na­tion’s best home in a unique new 10-part TV se­ries pre­mier­ing on Fox­tel to­mor­row, which takes a sticky-beak in­side some of the coun­try’s most stylish res­i­dences.

Life­style Home’s new prop­erty show I Own Aus­tralia’s Best Home sees in­te­rior de­sign­ers Gillian Khaw and Tim Leve­son and ar­chi­tect Nick Tobias scour Aus­tralia to find our most stun­ning houses, meet the own­ers and live with them for 24 hours to ex­pe­ri­ence the day-to-day won­der of liv­ing in style.

“When I first found out we were go­ing to stay in the homes, I thought it was a bit strange, but once I did I re­alised how im­por­tant it was,” Mr Leve­son said.

“In or­der to cri­tique a space, you need to be in the space for 24 hours be­cause you re­ally then be­gin to un­der­stand how it works for the peo­ple who made it.

“And that’s the premise of the show – it’s not about hav­ing the most ex­pen­sive home, it’s about the peo­ple who cre­ated it and how they have cre­ated the per­fect space for liv­ing.”

In each episode, three spec­tac­u­lar Aus­tralian homes will be the stars of the show, with the pre­sen­ters ex­tolling all the great fea­tures that make the res­i­dences so spe­cial.

They will get to know the own­ers and their fam­i­lies and find out what has driven them to build th­ese houses.

The ul­ti­mate de­ci­sion then lies with the view­ers, who will vote af­ter each episode to de­cide which of the three houses goes through to the fi­nal.

Episode 10 will see the nine fi­nal­ist res­i­dences judged by a top-se­cret panel of in­dus­try ex­perts to de­ter­mine which will be crowned Aus­tralia’s best home.

Mr Leve­son counts run­ning through a full-sized maze in the back yard of a 16ha prop­erty in the By­ron Bay hin­ter­land and wak­ing up in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory to a view of din­goes as some of his high­lights from the film­ing of the show.

One of his most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences hap­pened at the NSW home­stead of Heath Har­ris, an elite horse trainer.

“At his house, he had me in the ring with a pretty wild white mare show­ing me how to get the horse to rear up on its back legs; it was crazy.”

In that same episode, his fel­low pre­sen­ters trav­elled to WA, stay­ing in a 1937 Art Deco bun­ga­low in Su­bi­aco with a mag­nif­i­cent two-storey ex­ten­sion, as well as a rec­ti­lin­ear struc­ture of smooth con­crete and large glass pan­els in Quin­dalup in the South-West.

Check out the first episode to­mor­row at 6.30pm on Fox­tel’s Life­style Home.

Left: Pre­sen­ters Nick Tobias, Gillian Khaw and Tim Leve­son. Right: Two con­tenders for Aus­tralia’s best home.

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