Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia, Euroa, VIC: Hear from the homeowners Eddie and Dot, Episode 1, 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 Eddie and Dot about their dream build in Euroa, Victoria. 

Favourite parts

This Euroa home was a labour of love taking five years to build and being a whopping 1200 sq metres big, it was a huge retirement project to take on. 

"For me, looking at the entrance and the grand stairs is spectacular - along with the incredible view out the front door," Eddie says.

While Dot agrees, she has a different space in mind. "I love our bedroom! It's very big and peaceful and being on the western side of the house, we wake up to the most beautiful views of birds flying among the trees. Even our shower has an incredible view - it's just magic," she says.  

The pair also agree that the interior design really tops the home off. "It's all come together fantastically, but without the interior designer using colour and furnishings in ways we'd never think of has topped it off," they say. "The way Jessica Bettenay from Resident Avenue introduced textures and products that we weren't familiar with, has made this big space still feel like a home."

Any changes?

For Eddie, the sheer size would be something he'd work on if he had his time over. "It didn't look that large on the plans, but I blame Dot," he jokes. "She kept on saying, 'I want large rooms', and the architect would say to me, 'What about this size?' and I'd pace it out for Dot and she'd say, 'No, I want it bigger than that',".

Despite the large size for the two of them, Dot says it doesn't feel that big now it's furnished and she would much prefer to change the glass finishings in the kitchen. 

"We used glass surfaces and cabinetry in the kitchen and even though it is stunning, it's not the easiest material to keep finger-print free," she admits. "I don't know what I'd change it to though, as a lot of other materials wouldn't look right."

The biggest challenges

Although Eddie has experience in renovating and building, he had only worked with regular materials.

"I wanted to build my own home in an environmentally-friendly way, so it was challenging using different materials," he tells. "It was a learning process all the way along, but it didn't phase me."

What's next?

Despite having finnished the home, Eddie and Dot reveal they have much more to do. "We still have so much landscaping to finish," Dot says. "We will eventually have a dramatic driveway using the Corten at the entrance."

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

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