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

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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.

FIRST PRIZE

Overall winner

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.”

FINALIST

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.

FINALIST

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 info@abode-ent.com

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Camberwell House
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FINALIST Grosvenor House (this image and above)
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