BUILD­ING DREAM HOMES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

IN ONE of the most in­spir­ing se­ries to date, Peter Mad­di­son (pic­tured) is back with the long-awaited eighth in­stal­ment of GrandDe­sign­sAus­tralia. He’s fol­low­ing 10 new home­own­ers

– all with un­usual dreams to change their lives and Aus­tralia’s ar­chi­tec­tural land­scape for­ever. The back­drops are as var­ied as they are stun­ning, as Peter trav­els from Vic­to­ria to prime land on Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches, where slop­ing blocks pose blis­ter­ing chal­lenges for two very dif­fer­ent owner builders. Then, it’s on to the pop­u­lar By­ron hin­ter­land, where a young fam­ily (no, not the Hemsworths) is build­ing a sort of anti McMan­sion – a house which fully val­ues ev­ery last square me­tre. In the se­ries re­turn, we meet Ed­die and Dot, who ran their own train­ing/ ed­u­ca­tion busi­ness in Vic­to­ria. Ed­die’s now re­tired and they’ve pur­chased a 100-acre prop­erty in the Strath­bo­gie Ranges. It’s ru­moured that Ned Kelly and his gang hid out there – it’s fairly in­hos­pitable, sprin­kled with huge gran­ite boul­ders. For­tu­nately, Ed­die’s pretty hands-on and is ready to jump on the tools in or­der to cre­ate their mas­sive, five bed­room con­tem­po­rary home. He plans to in­cor­po­rate the boul­ders em­bed­ded in the land into the house de­sign. Dot’s role: to pay for the mas­sive project. It’s quite the ex­plo­sive episode, with the usual weather, time is­sues and bud­get blowouts, but with some of the most stun­ning 360-de­gree views. Slight house envy in­deed.

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