Grand Designs Australia

Episode Guide

Clovelly House

Series 1 · Episode 4

Julie and Patrick Eltridge bought in Sydney’s beachside Clovelly three years ago, paying $1.6 million for an old house on a sloping block. It was the land and its sea views they wanted, not the asbestos-riddled house. With time a concern, they have to find a way to fast track a slick, uber modern, two-story residence in a matter of months. The solution comes from Melbourne and a firm of pre-fab builders, who custom build them four top end, architect designed modules in a highly efficient, regulated environment. On completion, the pods will be trucked to Sydney in a dramatic, oversized convoy and then crane lifted into position. Another challenging element of the build centres around the demolition and site preparation in Sydney. One of the site issues has more twists and plot turns than an Agatha Christie novel making the new modules look like a breeze. Get the supplier list from this episode here Read a transcript of the web chat with Julie and Patrick here


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Posted by Tony544Report
A very impressive home. I was wondering whether if you incorporated C-Bus and smart wiring for home networking? I noticed in the Grand Designs episode there was shot of a switchboard on your walk through in the factory, was this an internal switchboard or for C-Bus?
Posted by Cheryl283Report
Wow - fantastic job! How wide are the modules? Would love to have seen them travelling up the Hume.
Posted by Report
Just wondering where you got your light from cause was thinking off buying one do you think you can give me a web address or a phone number
Love the end result hope you are enjoying finally being in there!
All the best Cameron
Posted by CherylReport
I just have to ask... Did anyone do a test on the water? Just wondered if that would have shown it was treated? Sorry, had to ask!
I was just amazed at your drive. Congrats to you both.
Posted by Rodney8Report
Patrick & Julie - it must have been a wonderful adventure seeing if everything fitted together and a credit to the builders and Julie's attention to details. Great show and well done - Julie, nice to see ex-NAFM people going from strength to strength. And how come the hydrologist didn't pick up the leaky pipe (or council for that matter) regards Rodney Johnstone.
Posted by Chris73Report
Hi Patrick & Julie, I've been dieing to see your home. Gorgeous, congratulations.......... Would love to catch you for a coffee if you're in town. Chris Clarke
Posted by BrigitReport
Julie and Patrick. Your house is absolutely beautiful and you are an amazing and lovely couple. I taped the show a couple of months ago but just got around to watching the episode a few days ago,. I have been watching the UK Grand Designs for years and have bought all the dvd's. I must say watching your house being built gave me all the excitement and thrill of the UK houses. Your house inspires me and gives me ideas to renovate my home just as much as the UK houses such as the Scottish Loch House did.
In regards to positioning of any windows, you can change that later if you want to just as you said on the show. You both kept going in the most difficult circumstances and challenges and are both amazing. I was suprised about the silly eco comments as we all drive cars etc don't we. I saw the pool fence so was also suprised about the comment above.

Well done, you both have worked hard, have amazing taste and deserve this gorgeous home.

Zdenka and Greg
Posted by Michelle1319Report
Hi Julie
I own a company and I specialise in finding beautiful home in Australia for photo shoots / commercials etc... would be great to speak to you to see if you are interested in being involved in anything like this. please visit my website for contact information, best wishes, Michelle