Grand Designs Australia

Behind the scenes of Grand Designs Australia with Peter Maddison: Lewisham, TAS, Episode 5 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: Alice in Lewisham, Tasmania.

A jewellery box home

“The thing about this home is modesty. Alice has tried to keep the footprint small and in line with her budget.

“She’s been realistic with her aspirations and the house, which are wholesome in terms of reality and the idea of treating it like a jewellery box where it's full of her friends and artisans that she's gotten to know over a long period of time.

“Getting this group of people to contribute to a delightful tiny home is a lovely idea and the undertaking of building it offsite was a cool idea again to manage costs.

“Alice was sensible in the way she went about things and I love that there’s so much meaning behind the house - there's no other episode that I've done where so much represents the area it comes from.

“While this is a humble home in execution, the meaning behind it forms a towering story.”

READ MORE: Grand Designs Australia, Lewisham, TAS: Hear from the homeowner Alice

A moveable feast

“It's a great spot as a getaway to go away and be creative - I can't imagine a better set up.

“It's movable, in theory, so it was craned in and you can crane it out – you just have to connect the services. I like that idea for Australians, when you move you can take your house with you! Instead of packing things inside your house you just pack your house up, put it on the back of a truck and move it to another location.

“It’s the idea of a caravan, but more permanent than being on tyres. I really like the idea of housing being portable since the market is changing. I think there’s a big future for it.”

Lounging around

“One of my favourite pieces inside the home is the lounge suite. It is an original piece made out of local Tasmanian oak. 

“It’s up off the ground, so it floats like the house itself and works perfectly with the home and is a beautiful object.

“The only thing I’d change is to have a section of the glass façade s an opening as it’s slightly cut off from the view – it’s a strong statement, but surreal and keeps you a bit separate from the outlook.”

Watch Grand Designs Australia Wednesday 8.30pm on Lifestyle or On Demand.

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