Grand Designs Australia

Behind the scenes of Grand Designs Australia with Peter Maddison: Mt Tamborine, QLD, Episode 9 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: Sarah and David, Mt Tamborine, Queensland.

Re-inventing a classic

"The essence of what a Queenslander is has been taken and turned inside out. It's has been interpreted in a modern way.

"Since English settlement, the Queenslander is the style that is to the climate, taking rainfall, heat and sun into account."

Wrapped up

"It's very interesting that the whole house is covered by shade cloth - wrapping the entire house. This way you can have the landscape on the inside in a big enclosure and keep the insects out. 

"The house operates in a fragmented way within this big enclosure, so it's a very interesting way of re-inventing the Queenslander with shade, protection and landscape."

READ MORE: Grand Designs Australia, Mt Tamborine, QLD: Hear from the homeowners David and Sarah

Back to nature

"This home is inventive and it feels like it's been taken apart and reassembled using sliding panels - no doors.

"The fireplace is like sitting by a campfire outside to got to the sleeping quarters and you can feel the breeze on your body and the rain - you're really connected to the environment. 

"To bring the outdoors in without turning your home inside out, you can make good use of glass to create a window to the outside world. Also try having internal lanscape such as planter beds or boxes. It's important to have a visual connection with nature."

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

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