Grand Designs Australia, Series 2
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The second series of Grand Designs Australia continues with even more ambitious new homes and the dedicated Aussies building them. With a shooting period of over 18 months Grand Designs Australia, hosted by award winning architect Peter Maddison, follows the highs and lows of constructing some of Australia’s most elaborate homes in often inhospitable landscapes. The series follows everyday Australian’s on the journey from the initial creation of blueprints to the long and often arduous task of turning these ambitious designs into practical and beautiful living spaces.
|1||VideoBrighton Sixties||Nick McKimm heads up a successful building company, and with his wife Anna, has almost made a hobby of renovating, selling and moving on. But with three young children, they're ready to lay down permanent roots in the affluent beachside suburb of Brighton in Melbourne. With a combined passion for mid century style houses, they're building a 60's home with a twist, on their generous half acre block. Nick's building experience and innate desire for excellence and Anna's flair for beautiful fit outs, is a pairing of construction perfection.....but this 60's inspired home is a first for both of them. Plus this will be no ordinary reproduction home - it's a custom designed, linear tribute to the period with superior finishes of highly polished concrete and shifting glass walls. The seemingly simple design is fraught with engineering challenges and juggling a business and managing the intricacies of the construction is grueling. Can they deliver their vision - and be true to the style they love?||49:23||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoPaynesville Industrial||Ten years ago retired engineer Bernie Ryan and his wife Ruth, packed up their 3 kids and moved to Paynesville, a charming sea side town in Victoria's popular Gippsland Lakes region. Bernie's a tinkerer with a huge shed filled with crazy projects started in a flurry, but all left unfinished. Needing a new house and unwilling to pay a builder, Bernie takes on the construction himself, armed with an eccentric, industrial design, a minimal budget and a cowboy attitude. Trying to save a buck, Bernie wheels out his old crane and ropes in a bunch of retired mates to lend a hand. He's built bridges and industrial constructions before, but this is Bernie's first ever house - and his "she'll be right" attitude lands him in hot water when the building inspector turns up unannounced. Bernie tries to do as much as he can on the cheap, with the ever supportive Ruth hopeful that he will pull it off, so the family can move from the old shed into a real home. This is a makeshift, do-it-yourself construction that could easily end up a shambles. Will this be the one project that Bernie manages to finish or will it be left to fall into disrepair, a blight on Paynesville's picturesque skyline?||49:21||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoFive Dock Retro||Anne Potter loves all things retro - the fashion, the cars...even the hairstyles. So 10 years ago, it was no surprise that she and husband Michael snapped up a modest 60s bungalow overlooking the harbour in Sydney's Five Dock. Since then their family has expanded and with 3 very active boys, they're really feeling the squeeze so they're tearing down the old house to build their own modern version of a retro home, with curved steel and walls of glass with a hint of Mondrian inspired colour - a complete contrast to the well-kept, more conservative homes that surround them. This is Anne's dream opportunity. As an Interior Designer by trade, she's keen to be actively involved in creating their special home. But she's been a stay-at-home mum, out of the industry for ten years....and overseeing a house construction is a whole new challenge. Can she keep across the intricacies of the job in between school drop offs, supermarket runs and cooking the dinner.||49:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoKyneton Flat Pack||Rod Moore and Di Foggo are foodies, immersed in the wholistic, back to nature lifestyle of Kyneton - an intimate country town in Victoria, where fresh produce and historic architecture reign. This feisty couple never like to get too comfortable - so they're ditching their classic Victorian home and all its contents for something far more cutting edge. They've been burnt before with budgets spiraling out of control and schedules doubling, so this time Rod and Di are determined to get exactly what they want. They've found a 2 acre block perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the town - just the site for their ultra modern, fixed price, flat pack home. It's a high end design and a quality fit out they're chasing, along with an on budget and on time schedule. But their site isn't so willing to give up its history so easily for their new home, proving to them that there's only so much that can be controlled. Will they build their house in a very ambitious 168 days?||48:57||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoTrinity Beach Pole House||Daniel Leipnik and Andrew Preston have a long cherished dream for the barefoot, laid-back lifestyle of North Queensland and have found just the spot outside Cairns - a hill side block bordering World Heritage rainforest and overlooking the Coral Sea. After years planning their sea-change, they're finally up for managing construction of their new venture - a slick, pavilion-style abode, huddled around a pool and propped up by poles. Their vision is for a classic resort inspired build, tucked away in the tree tops. But project managing is tough enough if you're on site...and they're attempting the job from 4000 kilometres away in Melbourne, plus this is a first time experience for them both. While they believe they've left no stone unturned in creating their south pacific inspired hideaway, the boys can't escape the reality of building. A precarious driveway, tropical downpours and expensive local trades are all threatening to send the budget and schedule spiraling. Between their pressing work commitments and the tyranny of distance, will these first-timers be able to pull the house of their dreams from the paper plans?||49:02||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoGladysdale Dry Stone||For nine years, Michael and Sandy Rutledge have been making the weekend pilgrimage to their lush 20 acre property in Gladysdale, an hour east of Melbourne. Now they're leaving the city for a permanent tree change and building a new family home on their acreage. But first they have to agree on a design. Sandy has a passion for Old World European, inspired by her travels overseas, whereas Michael's a techno whiz who likes sleek, contemporary homes. Can their architect marry their differing tastes with definite ideas of his own? One thing everyone agrees is that this should be a house with a sense of permanence, a house that will stand the test of time thanks to thick walls encased in dry stone. But seems it can't even manage a first season as continual wet weather causes delays and flooding. Before work is even finished, they have to face the unthinkable - the house isn't waterproof! Despite their best efforts it's an ongoing battle against the elements. Can they curb the leaks and deliver Sandy the stone fortress she's been dreaming of?||48:55||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoStonyfell Watertank||Living in the very dry capital city of Adelaide has made Mike Dare and wife Lowen Partridge passionate about conserving water. Like many people they decided to put a couple of water tanks in their new house. But their tanks are a bit different. They'll support an entire house hanging off them, with the roof acting like a giant funnel. If it works, the 100,000 litres they'll catch will supply all of their water needs. It's out of the box thinking, but that's what Mike does best. With 40 years of design and engineering work on some of Adelaide's most prominent buildings, he's well known for his different way of thinking. But after so long spent creating utilitarian engineering solutions, Mike is now responsible for creating something that looks great, and can be lived in...but with his engineering hat firmly ensconced, it will be in a colour he's most comfortable with - grey. Mike has total control, just the way he likes it - acting as architect, engineer and project manager. Working with systems he knows well, and with most of the house built in factories and assembled on site, it does all seem very logical. But what Mike can't control is the weather, the schedule, his walling company going broke and most importantly - his wife's opinion of the colour grey.||49:24||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoYellingbo Artist's House||Art teacher and sculptor Laurie Smith and his wife Renee Hoareau a web designer, are zealous art lovers...so joy of joys when, after 5 years of intensive searching they found the ideal block of land to create their 'sculpture in space'. It's almost as if this land was designed for them, a couple who'd appreciate its rare quality - a veritable sea of red alluvial soil on which they plan to build their new home. Their intention is to build a space to both create works and display them, along with their existing extensive collection - almost a domestic gallery that will inspire both inside and out. It's no surprise that their design influence comes from the arts...in a simple, very pragmatic kind of way. In what's essentially a cube shaped construction of steel, stone and glass, it's a celebration of light and space that pays tribute to some identifiable artistic references. A 25 metre sandstone facade with a tricky curved window is reminiscent of a well known state gallery...and has some links to the past. But handing over their artistic license to a construction team is a big ask especially after an oversight at one of the first jobs on site, the concrete pour. It's an early reality check that tests their ability to let go and trust. Will they manage to go with the flow and end up with the art house they so desperately crave?||49:32||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||VideoBattery Point Glass House||For adventurous, outdoorsy types Greg Kay and wife Trish Knight, their current house on Hobart's exclusive Battery Point waterfront is in the perfect spot. Understandably, when the time came to downsize, they didn't want to go too far. So they bought the block next door. But council restrictions changed their plans completely, and overnight it turned into an epic upsizing adventure. The old cottage on site was integrated into the design to create a massive house with two distinct personalities - historical cottage at the front and a brand new modern glass, timber and exposed concrete house at the back. What was supposed to offer the best of both worlds soon turns into a logistical headache. Steep and narrow restricted access, stubborn blue stone bedrock and a rogue sewage line are just the start of their problems. The fact that Greg's contracts are done on a handshake, his stubbornness for quality is relentless and an architect given free reign could lead to a complete schedule blow out. If the budget spirals out of control, Greg and Trish are faced with their biggest issue yet - ironically, whether or not they can actually afford to live there.||49:48||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||VideoSteels Creek Earth House||3 years ago, Edd and Amanda Williams lost everything. As the Black Saturday Fires swept through Steels Creek, in Victoria's Yarra Valley, it destroyed their home of 30 years. Determined to stay with the land and community they love, they chose to rebuild, but this time a house that could withstand anything the bush could throw at it - so they designed a bunker. With the help of their architect son, they dreamt up a house almost completely embedded in the landscape. A robust concrete construction, it has only one side with natural light. Fire proof it might be, but light and airy it isn't. Running the project themselves, whilst living in a leaking donga on site, their organic planning process results in an eclectic mix of ideas. Cue Roman style ventilation, high tech solar tube skylights, and intricate architectural features inspired by their native England. They want cutting edge that looks like it's always been there. Building through the wettest year in a century adds to the pressure, and the fire ravaged environment creates a site that's either a quagmire or rock solid clay. But whilst the pressure to move in is relentless, the stress of managing the many trades at once slows down progress - and the prospect of a third freezing winter living in the donga may well be a reality.||48:55||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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As a huge fan of Grand Designs UK, I was hopeful for this Aussie version, but for me it's a fail. The format is similar, but the presenter is no Kevin sorry to say. The show has no atmosphere, no urgency and no human interest. Perhaps it will get better. All the best to them.
Fantastic show, fantastic series!
Peter does a great job, and this season is even better. Plus 10 episodes long - how good!!!
- SD Version
- Genre: Reality TV
- Released: 05 April 2012
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