After six series, Peter Maddison has shown us more than 50 of Australia’s most amazing Grand Designs.
Here, we take a look at the ones that have stood out as some of the most beautiful, complex and architecturally ground-breaking designs in Australia.
1. The Graceville Container House
What do you do when your riverside home and its entire contents are washed away in a devastating flood, leaving you in near financial ruin?
In Todd and Di Miller’s case, you hold on tight and embark on the boldest and cheapest build with your own hands, in the quickest possible time.
Take a tour of the Graceville Container House
2. The Kyneton Flat Pack House
Kyneton, a country town in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, is known for historic architecture and bustling farmers markets. It’s the perfect place for foodies Rod Moore and Di Foggo – who are embarking on a huge life change. They’re farewelling a classic Victorian home with traditional furnishings and building a brand new, cutting edge flat pack house on a rugged escarpment overlooking the racecourse.
Take a tour of the Kyneton Flat Pack House
3. The Bush Fire House
Chris Clarke spent two years building his minimalist timber and steel dream home at Callignee in Gippsland when, less than a week after completion, it was burnt to the ground in the devastating Black Saturday bushfires.
Take a tour of the Callignee Bush Fire House
4. The Yackandandah House
When sculptor Ben Gilbert returned from living overseas to his home town of Yackandandah in Victoria’s north east, he needed somewhere to live. In his search for his perfect home, he stumbled across a 100 year old abandoned sawmill. It was technically industrially zoned, but Ben somehow managed to convince the council that this sawmill needed a residential structure - a caretaker’s cottage.
Take a tour of the Yackandandah House
5. The Lake Bennett House
For 17 years Trevor and Francoise Sullivan have lived with their two kids and numerous animals in an open sided shed on 33 bushy acres at Lake Bennett south of Darwin.
Take a tour of the Lake Bennett House
6. The Faraday House
Before Matt McClelland’s wife Anne died six years ago, they’d been looking for a rural property to build on - a place to call home for them and for their four adult children to come to visit. So when Matt stumbled across 40 acres in central Victoria with spectacular views to Mt Alexander’s granite hill side, he knew he’d found the spot.
Take a Tour of the Faraday House