Grand Designs Australia

Behind the scenes of Grand Designs Australia with Peter Maddsion: Euroa, VIC Episode 1, Season 8

Peter Maddison takes us behind the scenes on Grand Designs Australia.

Grand Designs Australia season eight dishes up some of the most extreme builds ever featured on the series. Here, host Peter Maddison takes us through some extra insights from this week's episode: Eddie and Dot in Euroa, Victoria. 

Material world

"The interesting thing for me is the material this home is made from, which is Corten steel. It matches the dry, rugged landscape and the way the house is clad on the upper levels and inset around the perimeter on the lower level, makes it a very strong horizontal statement. This set up gives the impression that the home is floating on the hill and the way the architecture works means that the upper level overhangs the stone base.

"The building is located in Ned Kelly country and you could draw the analogy between the metal armour on the side of this home and Ned Kelly's protective armour; I like that analogy a lot."

Using the landscape

"Homes naturally blend with the landscape when you're using natural/locally-sourced materials.

"In this case, whether it's stone, cut timber or rock around the bottom of the house, which all come from the local area, it looks terrific. Making your home reflect the landscape is certainly a consideration and if you can make it work, it adds more meaning to the building."

Favourite aspect

"I loved the way the building overhangs the landscape, so when you're inside there's a sense of floating - a real sense of flying.

"When you look out through the windows, it's as if you're in a glider and the extensive use of glass enhances one's experience of being in the building.

"I also think the interior fit-out made great use of colours, textures and furntiure to really enhanced what is a pretty plain and simple box - think that really enriched the experience of being in this house."

Size matters

"If I could do anything differently I would make it smaller as it's much bigger than it needs to be. I don't think Eddie or Dot fully understood the scale they were getting, but once the slab is put down they're locked in."

Stream or watch season eight of Grand Designs Australia, Wednesdays at 8.30pm AEST on Lifestyle.

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