Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia, Elsternwick, VIC: Hear from the homeowners Maugan and Lori, Episode 2, 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 homeowner thoughts. From their favourite aspect of their home, to what they'd do differently, this week we chat to Maugan and Lori about their dream build in Elsternwick, Victoria.

Favourite parts

Maugan reveals that he has a few things he loves about the family's new home.

"I like how the house is open plan so there's constant interaction between the family members - no matter where we are. I think the way Andrew Maynard, the architect, designed the oversized void allows for that interaction to occur.

"Since I do the lions share of the cooking, and love it!, I really appreciate the way the main kitchen and the back kitchen has been designed. I think it works really well for me and gives me the choice whether I prep in front of people or behind closed doors.

"I also like the way the back ensuite is designed so you can open the door and feel like you're outdoors," he tells.

For Lori, one of her favourite spaces is the laundry. "With a clothes drying rail and enough room for me to fold clothes, it's so practical," she says.

Apart from the laundry, Lori is also a fan of the in-floor heating on the lower level of the house. "It's a soft and gentle heat," she adds.

The pair are also very proud that they have managed to achieve exactly what they set out to do: sit nicely in the streetscape.

Another great feature is the moss-covered ceiling of one of the bathrooms, which nicely brings the outdoors in. Lori reveals that it was added since they don't have much outdoor space - but don't worry, it's preserved moss so won't continue to grow!

"We didn't want a modern box," they tell. "We wanted to give the street something better than the norm and a lot of people stop and appreciate it and that makes us proud to know that we have achieved what we set out to do."

Any changes?

Lori reveals that the one thing they would change is adding some more storage. "We probably do need more storage, but we always knew that may be an issue. I guess you can never have enough storage, though," she laughs. 

After re-tiling the pool due to leaking and an expensive finish on the spotted gum facade (a $10,000 coating that may need to be applied annually), Lori also says she wishes they'd thought those things through a little more. 

The biggest challenge

Lori reveals the impressive car stacker posed the biggest challenge for the builders. 

"It was like putting a giant puzzle together, with no space," she says. 

What's next?

Currently Maugan and Lori are dealing with some corrosion of the vertical cladding on the Colourbond at the back of their home.

"It was set up too close to the soil and it started to corrode," Lori tells. "But that's part of building -  especially when you build something that hasn't been done before, you can't foresee these things sometimes."

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

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