Grand Designs Australia

Episode Guide

Southport Heritage House

Series 1 · Episode 3

When Jan and Ed Gillman bought a tumble-down weatherboard in Southport, their first intention was to demolish and start again. But on learning its unique history as the 1880’s summer house of Sir Augustus Gregory (one of the oldest houses in Southport), they decide to restore instead and plan to lift the original house and move it forward two metres on the block. What follows is a painstaking restoration process – and with no official heritage guidelines in place Jan and Ed are faced with a difficult choice: take the laborious path of restoring the house to its former glory or opt for the easier path and lose the history of the house. Get the supplier list from this episode here Read a transcript of the web chat with Ed and Jan here

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Posted by JanReport
Thanks so much for your kind comments. The three colours we used were Whisper White and Woodland Grey by Dulux and Char Grey by Taubmans. Sorry to take so long to respond but just saw your comment. Good luck with your project. Cheers, Jan
Posted by Report
Jan, we have just watched this episode again and love the project. Can you please tell us what colours you used on the interior. Grant
Posted by Report
Looking at the transcript, it seems Ed and Jan used Dulux Whisper White for the trim, and Dulux White Duck for the walls.
Posted by Report
Jan & Ed U did a fantastic job on the house just saw the rerun of the show & am in awe at the job. We live in Darwin & understand the wet U had to deal with again job well done beautiful
Posted by Linton2Report
i have seen this eposode 19 times and i still like it especially the argment with the neighbours
Posted by JanReport
Hi Linton, fortunately the garden has grown and we all have complete privacy! Glad you liked the episode. Cheers, Jan & Ed
Posted by Report
I have just seen this episode .. fantastic ... can you tell me the name of the street in southport .. love to drive by and have a look
Posted by JanReport
What an amazing coincidence Diana. I have photos of the original Rainworth house and let that guide me as to the missing links with Sir Augustus' holiday house here in Southport. It would be lovely to catch up when you are in Southport or we are in Brisbane. There is a wealth of information at the State Library in South Brisbane regarding Sir Augustus which I am sure you would find very interesting, if you haven't already seen it. If you wish you could leave your contact number on this site and I will be pleased to call and have a chat about our mutual ex Owner! Best wishes Jan & Ed
Posted by StardustReport
This is the most beautiful house I have seen in a long time. I just love it, looking at the finished result was incredible. I loved almost everything, colours, layout, even the great dining table. This is my dream house. Congratulations on your achievement. It is stunning.

Do agree with Greg30 though, really felt for the neighbour, don't thing Ed had to be so rude. Would be horrible to lose your sunlight and privacy when a building next door suddenly grows a level.
Posted by Jenny69Report
HI Jan & Ed,

Loved the house....was wondering what colours you painted the exterior? Loved the grey and white look! Beautiful space and agree that going to the extra effort and cost of continuiing the weatherboards instead of cement sheeting was a smart one.