Grand Designs Australia

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Surry Hills Very Small House

Series 1 · Episode 2

Architect Domenic Alvaro and his partner Sue Bassett are urban animals who love the inner city suburb of Surry Hills in Sydney. However their dream location comes with a nightmare price tag. So, they come up with a unique way of keeping costs down and do this by buying very small and building very tall. After buying a tiny corner car park measuring 7m x 6m they set out to create 220 square metres of light filled living space. Their vertical build comes together quickly thanks to pre-fab concrete panels which fit together like Lego. Construction itself is fast and efficient but there are interesting challenges on site. A miniscule block and two narrow cross streets won’t submit to the needs of a gigantic crane in a hurry – and the crane is essential as it hauls the huge panels and windows into position. Basically something’s gotta give – and it does. Will the result be worth the hassle? Get the supplier list from this episode here Read a transcript of the web chat with Dom & Sue here


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Posted by Dylan113Report
What is the music used during the segment where the first pre-cast walls were installed? It's piano followed by an ascending string piece.I suspect the composer is David Poore. Thanks.
Posted by Report
Sydney is full of concrete boxes and im sorry to say that it is just what I would expect from a city home in Surry Hills. You really havent looked outside of the box on this one. Effective use of space but poorly executed. The structural side is very well done but it is not there architecturaly.
Posted by PamelaReport
''Big thing's come from small packages''
Thank you both,Domenic and Sue you'r home is fantastic.City life can be fun a!
You have both given hope to many, that you don't need the palace! but vision and a dream can help.
take care
Posted by Kathy2Report
Then a start chatting button should appear
Posted by Kathy2Report
Hi there, can you try refreshing the page once you are logged in?
Posted by JennyReport
I have just taken the personal escorted tour through your home, one question, Where is your "wardrobe"
storage? Also interested in your answer to Brandi3's question, Thanks.
Posted by JennyReport
To Dom and Sue,
Loved seeing your home come to fruition, I have asked my husband if we can take a drive one day just to see it up close. Congratulations, enjoy your views and the rest of your life.
Posted by Gregory2Report
Hi Dom and Sue - Just love your home . Love the minimalist kitchen design. Can I ask who you used ?
Posted by Tracey141312Report
Stunning house and a fabulous use of space
Posted by ant29Report
fantastic house, great location. i noticed your fantastic semi recessed lighting and wondered where you sourced them from and the name of the style. when i tried the fact sheet link it couldn't find the site.