BUILDING DREAM HOMES
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.