Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia, Curl Curl, NSW: Hear from the homeowner Steve, Episode 3, Season 8

We’ve seen the big reveal on Grand Designs Australia, but what do the new homeowners really think about their dream build?

Every week, Lifestyle will bring you the inside scoop on each Grand Designs Australia’s homeowners thoughts. From their favourite aspect of their home to what they’d do differently, this week we chat to Steve about his dream build in Curl Curl, New South Wales.

Favourite parts

For Steve, the use of all-natural materials was what he loved most.

“The contrast between the zinc, timber and concrete was one of my favourite things,” he says. “Along with the fact that these three elements are completely pure – there’s no composite materials in the house at all as we wanted to showcase the natural materials.”

Steve didn’t want any composite materials as they generally don’t age as well as the natural ones.
“A lot of man-made products age poorly or need maintenance and treatments,” he adds. “This house can age naturally.”

Any changes?

When it comes to anything he’d do differently next time, Steve admits he’d focus on design planning.
“I’d do more design panning at the beginning as opposed to designing on the run because things kept changing, which is why we had to wait around a year for section 96 approval,” he explains.

READ MORE: Behind the scenes of Grand Designs Australia with Peter Maddison: Curl Curl, NSW 

What’s next?

In what was a Grand Designs Australia first, Steve and Rae sold their dream build – but, for a good reason.
“We started building the house before we knew we were going to have a child and it simply wasn’t a practical home for a young toddler with all the sharp corners,” Steve explains.

Of course, being a builder, Steve is working on his next family-friendly dream home in Dural.

“It will be a large home set on five acres, so it’s got some more land for our son Kiefer to run around and it’s all on a single level – much more practical for a family home,” Steve says.

Stream or watch season eight of Grand Designs Australia, Wednesdays at 8.30pm AEST on Lifestyle.

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