Grand Designs Australia

5 reasons we're falling in love with Peter Maddison

As we get ready for another season of Grand Designs Australia to begin, we discover a few endearing truths about host, Peter Maddison.

We sit down with Peter to chat about everything from his love of surfing to love of being a handyman at home. 


"The most meaningful times for me is when my family and I get together whether it be for a Sunday roast, going on a holiday or just helping each other out.

"Connection with your family is what drives everything. I'm lucky becasue I have three kids (Finn, Woody and Ruby) and a very understanding wife (Andrea) and marriage and family are just about everything to me."



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Surf's up

"I love surfing and have done since I was a little boy. I love that you are totally at the mercy of nature and you can connect with it naturally - there's no engines or  mechanical devices out there it's just you and the pulse of the ocean.

"This connection helps ground me and makes me very humble. It's a very cathartic experience - I'd recommend it to anybody."


"On the weekend I put on a pair of beige overalls and disappear into my little shed, which is about 3x2 metres, that's jampacked full of tools, drills and various other bits of equipment.

"I have a bench of my wife's great-grandfathers with two big vices on it and I tinker. I love fixing stuff whether it be things that are broken or just doing handyman jobs aroudn the house. I think there's a place in everyone's life for taking control of their own environment and I just love doing pottering around doing my own thing."

Spare time

"When I have a moment to myself, which is not very often, I like to go down to the beach and throw myself into the ocean. It doesn't matter what the temperature is, with no wetsuit, and it's a bracing experience that's so invigorating it takes all the pressures of your day-to-day life away and enables you to focus on what really matters."



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Neat and tidy

"I have this thing around being tidy and clean and it drives my wife nuts!

"If I see a leaf on the floor I can't help but pick it up and if I'm walking down the street and there's a bit of rubbish I'll pick it up.

"So, I do have a bit of a compulsion around keep the world and my own environment neat and tidy - don't tell anyone!"

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