Inside Out (Australia)
IS THIS AUSTRALIA'S BEST HOUSE?
The Nine Network’s judging panel thought so — take a look to see if you agree
From a selection of incredible properties across the country, a winner has emerged for Australia’s Best House, the Channel 9 TV show hosted by Megan Gale. “Australians have a healthy obsession with all things house and home,” she says of the seven-episode series that managed to film last year in the grip of COVID-19. The pandemic didn’t deter the judging panel – interior designer Kate Walker, architect Luke Fry and builder Andrew Purdie – either. To find a superstar house for the title, they checked out candidates ranging from a clever project home delivering a luxurious bang for the owners’ buck, a waterfront house built to make the most of its views, and a whimsical residential project that feels more like a home in an Italian village than the suburban acreage it’s on.
Camberwell Home by Heartly
This is an incredible black, barn-style house in Victoria. The free-standing contemporary structure was inspired by both Scandinavian and New Zealand design, and sketched by the owner, Belinda Alexander. Heartly director Mikayla Rose, who offers architecture and design services, took over from there.
Mikayla understands the attraction of her project. “The house has this really strong sense of intrigue,” she says. “Visitors are left wondering, ‘What’s going on there? I want to see inside.’ There are lots of little design elements where something is concealed and not immediately obvious – like a secret main bedroom and a hidden office/butler’s pantry. Each is a space within a space.”
Judge Kate Walker had this to say about the interior details that appealed to her. “The concrete floor, the timber, the leather pulls on the handles – they’ve really juxtaposed the strength of the concrete with other materials.”
Winner: Best modern house
Grosvenor House by Gerard Smith Design
Scooping a unanimous vote by the judges, this Noosa home of exceptional open and private spaces combined with soaring raked ceilings and a 6m-long concrete waterfall kitchen bench blitzed the modern-house category. “It’s an iconic example of resort living in Queensland,” says judge Luke Fry.
Winner: Homes that entertain
Bayside House by Anthem Build
This clean-lined Victorian home is a clever combination of luxurious materials and calm simplicity. Until you get to the extraordinary concrete-encased man cave, complete with wine cellar, fridges and an underground window into the swimming pool above. “It’s ideal – the sort of place to have a formal setting with guests or just bring the kids down to chill out. This is a great multi-purpose build,” says judge Andrew Purdie.
Watch the show on 9LIFE and 9now. Entries for the next series close on July 30; send to firstname.lastname@example.org