I Own Australia's Best Home

Chic Shed, Family Resort or Cool Concrete House?

What makes a house Australia's Best Home? It's up to you to decide which house from each episode you would like to see go in the running for the grand final.

In this episode we head to Victoria for three completely different lifestyle experiences.

Nick enjoys an incredible light filled shed in Research, Tim luxuriates amid fabulous amenities at a resort style home in Ballarat and Gillian discovers a passion for concrete during her stay in a robust, modern family home in Victoria’s Torquay.

Find out more about the houses below then cast your vote to decide who should go through to the grand final and be crowned "Australia's Best Home."


Down a rugged semi-suburban bush path looms what looks like a giant greenhouse. Its owner, architect John Henry had an amazing vision to turn a corrugated iron shed into a fabulous place to live. The white washed interior houses an amazingly vibrant array of designer furniture and colourful modern art.  A 7 metre high wall of windows looks out on a tree filled block and helps the super chic space feel at one with nature. A fish pond on the ground level forms a small creek which flows outside to a billabong.


"John and Deb have collided two opposing worlds with a stunning effect in this suburban bush hideaway. The brutality of an agricultural shed has been brought into life with the natural world living and breathing through it. Their art collection adds colour to the dazzlingly bright space and their warm personalities mean this is every bit a home and a joy to live in. It's the embodiment of John and Deb's love for each other and mutual trust".


This lavish family resort is sprawled across 4000 square metres opposite Lake Wendouree in Ballarat.  A true fantasy pad specially for fitness lovers, it includes 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a home cinema, wrap around decks, al fresco kitchen, professional gym, 2 pools, a spa, tennis court and a rooftop terrace. Electronics obsessive Simon operates all his gadgets (including 20 televisions) from a giant touch screen in the kitchen. This opulent paradise has enough bells and whistles to ensure their 3 teenage sons never want to leave.


"Simon and Debbie have created the ultimate in easy, breezy vacation living. Absolutely anything money can buy is at your fingertips here. What they have achieved is an ultra contemporary, immaculate layout of sleek, exacting design catering to their every whim and fancy. And yes, while it is opulent and extravagant, it's also an enriching environment for the family and I'm a huge fan".


Builder Damian and his artist wife Prudence have 3 dogs and a young toddler but still manage to live stress and clutter free in their robust, contemporary home in Torquay.Thanks to skills passed on from his family’s concrete business, Damian turned his dreams of a family home and sanctuary made from his favourite material, into a fantastic reality.  Here, concrete feels like stone and has never looked so good.


This is such a gorgeous house. What appears to be a severe structure from the outside is actually a home of surprises. Damian's dynamic use of materials, the way Prue's artwork softens the space, this house has amazed me. This home was 8 years in the making, but boy was it worth it. As time went on Damian became bolder and bolder, experimenting with concrete and ultimately creating a unique home while perfecting his craft along the way. And this house is not just on trend, it will age beautifully.

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