Grand Designs Australia

Behind the scenes of Grand Designs Australia with Peter Maddison: Suffolk Park, NSW, Episode 8 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: Mike and Megan Suffolk Park, New South Wales.

Mid-century modern

"I think that this particular era of architecture, mid-century modern, is very relevant for today's living and we're still using the breakthroughs from that period in a lot of today's designs.

"Connecting to landscape, open-plan living and floor-to-ceiling glass, means that people can gather in spaces rather than being sectioned off. This is a house that takes advantage of those design directions."

Structured expressions

"While it's a modest house in size, it's delightful in terms of principles and structure. For instance, the beams and columns form textures and patterns that are expressed and not hidden in walls.  

"Mike is a designer himself in fashion and has a keen eye and uses his skill to pick the hallmarks of that style that reflect the family."

READ MORE: Grand Designs Australia, Suffolk Park, NSW: Hear from the homeowners Mike and Megan

Material world

"There were some shortcuts that didn't end up working, but they're things you wouldn't know about unless you were in the industry. For example, using MDF rather than real timber meant that water got into it and it expanded. 

"I think the design is terrific - it's a ripper and has taken advantage of their site really well. It backs up to the rainforest and I think they've done very well."

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

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