Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia, Lewisham, TAS: Hear from the homeowner Alice, Episode 5 Season 8

We've seen the big reveal on Grand Designs Australia, but what does the new homeowner really think about her new 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 Alice about her dream build in Lewisham, Tasmania.

Favourite parts

One of the top features of Alice’s home is that fact it is all completely Tasmanian made.

“Bringing in local makers and artisans to help create my home was what was going to make this feel real and tell a real Tasmanian story,” Alice explains.

Even if it was on a smaller scale, Alice admits that she wanted to build something that celebrated Tasmania rather than just a few bricks that told someone else’s story.

“I would have used over fifteen local artisans in the making of my home and I put money aside to support these local makers and invest in their pieces. I made sure there was a balance between working to a budget that wasn’t massive and incorporating these pieces,” she tells.

When Alice first started with the idea to build her dream home she only had three non-negotiables: to see the stars from bed, have a bath outside and to have a unique fireplace as the focal point of the home instead of a TV.

“I think all those three things we managed to do well and I think the bath is a highlight because it’s like nothing else. There’s over a thousand little pieces that have been hand cut to a different degree to make that shape before it was put under the robot to be put together. So, the amount of man hours, love and the fact that we watched the timber get extracted from Lake Pieman, it’s got a really beautiful story to it,” she tells. “Also the fireplace, it’s got a real life of its own. Each time I went to visit the Blacksmith it kept building a new personality, it’s nothing I would’ve ever made up in my mind.”

While Alice realises the practicalities of moving her home are a bit different to simply packing up and moving on, she says it’s still nice to know that it’s a possibility.

“I didn’t want to be tied down and if I ever wanted to I could pick it up like a turtle on my back and move it elsewhere,” she says.

READ MORE: Behind the scenes of Grand Designs Australia with Peter Maddison: Lewisham, TAS

Any changes?

While Alice reveals that it wasn’t all smooth sailing, she says there’s truly nothing she would change.
“There were some stumbling blocks along the way and some false starts and costly errors but in the end being paired back to what it is, it just felt really nice - even though you’ve got to get on pretty well with anyone that’s in there, because it’s not like you can just go to another room,” she laughs. “But in the end, there was nothing so major that it affected the end product.”

What’s next?

Alice describes the moment she saw her creation completely finished as being overwhelmed with joy.
“There was so much uncertainty, I didn’t know if the fireplace, couch and dining table would even fit in there, it was literally down to the last days that we were able to put it together so to walk in and see the simplicity of it with the big glass that let Tassie do the talking was magnificent,” Alice tells. “The home has this uninterrupted feel of bringing the outside in and then you’re wrapped up in Tasmania, so everything about it just felt right.”

Watch Grand Designs Australia Wednesdays 8.30pm on Lifestyle or On Demand.

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