Grand Designs Australia

Peter Maddison gives us a sneak peek inside his home

We often see Peter Maddison, host of Grand Designs Australia, showcasing other people’s dream homes, but what’s his own abode like?

Peter is often commenting and looking through other people’s homes on Grand Designs Australia, but now he takes us through his very own grand design, pointing out his favourite features.

From being a mid-century design lover, to keeping environmental issues front of mind, Peter takes us on a journey through his home.

Period piece

Peter and his family (wife Andrea and children Woody, Ruby and Finn) live in a mid-century 1969 home in Victoria and he describes it as being a beautiful period piece.

“When my wife and I bought this home 17 years ago, we sought to keep the original architecture but transform it into a building that suits today’s way of living,” he explains. “So, we kept the original spirit and now have a totally renovated mid-century home that we love.”

Why mid-century?

Peter’s love for mid-century stems from how relevant it is for today’s lifestyle.

“Mid-century architecture is just as important now as it was back then,” he tells. “It was a ground-breaking change in the way homes were put together and discarded the idea of a central corridor with rooms off to the side.”

Instead, Peter explains that mid-century invented the idea that good living could be open plan and incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows to connect with the landscape, which we still strive for today.
“Mid-century architecture has a set of principles that are still being manipulated and toyed with today by all the best architects,” he adds. “It’s a very instructive period that can be easily translated to present day.”

What Peter loves

For Peter, his study is one of the spaces in the home that solely reflects him. “The walls are covered with books, objects and paraphernalia I’ve collected over the years – all of which are very meaningful to me,” he tells. “Hardly anyone ever goes in my study other than me and I probably spend too much time in there because it’s a grounding experience; it’s my own personality writ large on the walls.”

Another of Peter’s favourite nooks is the living room. “We have lavished ourselves with a new couch and a couple of mid-century chairs, and a shagpile carpet,” he says. “I love that this room exudes a feeling of living in a time gone by, but it’s still relevant to today.”

Apart from the aesthetic features, Peter also loves how environmentally friendly his home is. “The building itself is insulated really well and it’s all double glazed,” he explains. “So, we don’t use huge amounts of energy to keep it warm or cool.” While he admits it took a number of years to get this aspect to work, he’s happy with the result of leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

Stream or watch the season eight of Grand Designs Australia, from Wednesday 17th July at 8.30pm AEST on Lifestyle. 

All images courtesy of Peter Maddison.

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