Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia trends: Small homes

We explore some of the biggest trends in Australian home design with Grand Designs Australia host, Peter Maddison, and some of this season's stylists and architects.

While the idea of building a small house may make you think it would be easier - Peter reveals that going smaller requires great design and talented trades. 

Some of the suppliers who have worked on some of the smaller builds from this season of Grand Designs Australia share how they tackled using less space.  

Not so easy

The builder of Alice's Lewisham home in Tasmania reveals that small houses don't mean less work: "A small house is certainly harder to build than a big house," John Muskett explains. 

Finding space

"The challenges of designing a small home is to think clearly about multi-use," explains Nabil Adhami, the architect of the Rivett home. 

Additionally, the use of colour, natural light and ventilation are aother elements that will make the smaller space liveable. 

"We worked to make sure we incorporated storage into areas where you wouldn’t usually think of," says Louise Forsyth, interior designer from the Rivett home. 

On trend

Nicholas Terry, the architect from the Lewisham home, agrees that small homes are just going to get more popular.

"I think small homes are going to become more important... people have rethought what a house is and big a house needs to be - with this build (Lewisham) we tried to exemplify living with less," Nicholas says.

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

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