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Trinity Beach Pole House

Series 2 · Episode 5

Daniel Leipnik and Andrew Preston have long cherished the dream of a laid-back, barefoot life in the tropics. And they have found the ideal location at Trinity Beach near Cairns in Far North Queensland. Their ambitious new home will grace a hillside block bordering a World Heritage rainforest and overlooking the Coral Sea. After years planning this grand sea-change, they are ready at last to manage its construction. Their vision is for a classic pavilion-style pole home, nestled in the tree tops. But project managing is tough enough if you’re on site… and they’re attempting the job from 4,000 kilometres away in Melbourne, plus this is a first time experience for them both. While they believe they’ve left no stone unturned designing their South Pacific inspired hideaway, they can’t escape the challenges of the location. A precarious driveway, tropical downpours and expensive local trades are all threatening to send their budget and schedule spiralling out of control. Between pressing work commitments and the tyranny of distance, these idealists still believe they can pull off the house of their dreams. The question is, can they?

  • Reminders Record
    29 November: 6:30pm on Lifestyle Channel
  • Trinity Beach Suppliers List Grand Designs Australia

    from Grand Designs Australia

    Check out the list of suppliers from Ep 2 of Grand Designs Australia Series 2 - a gorgeous pavillion-style pole house in Far North Queensland.

  • Trinity Beach Pole House - Before & After

    from Grand Designs Australia

    Daniel Leipnik and Andrew Preston have long cherished the dream of a laid-back, barefoot life in the tropics. And they have found the ideal location at Trinity Beach near Cairns in Far North Queensland. Their ambitious new home will grace a hillside block bordering a World Heritage rainforest and overlooking the Coral Sea. After years planning this grand sea-change, they are ready at last to manage its construction.

 
 

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Posted by Virginia196Report
Watched this episode on Foxtel tonight. It's from 2011. Does anyone know the address or approximate location of this house? We are looking to buy in Trinity Beach soon (from Sydney) and the area that this house is in looks perfect Thanks in advance!
Posted by PassiveGreenieReport
Must say, not my cup of tea if I was to build a grand design house, but I can appreciate its beauty - everyone involved did a fantastic job. The one thing I did love was the roof, and have bookmarked the people they used on my internet. Thanks Grand Designs and the boys for giving me an alternate way/idea on creating the perfect roof for my dream property (whenever I get the cash to do it!).
Posted by PassiveGreenieReport
One question though - the company is in New Zealand. How did you get it out to Australia - did that company install it or were the panels brought over to Australia and installed by locals?
Posted by Report
What was the company who make the roofing material? I must've missed it.
Posted by Report
Spotted: http://www.gerardroofs.co.nz/, http://www.lifestyle.com.au/property/trinity-beach-suppliers-list-grand-designs-australia.aspx

:)
Posted by annies vicReport
just love it .I wish it was mine
Posted by Report
Daniel/Andrew, i am in the process of planning my home in an area wih a lot of flies and bugs also. Has not having screens on your louves etc been an issue with the insects getting inside during the day and night. Thanks and great home guys, fantastic effort.
Posted by Report
Fantastic home, where did they get their bath from?
Posted by Report
Hi - the bath and basins are from Apaiser, 1300 366762. www.apaiser.com.au Made from reclaimed marble.
Posted by mandamoo brisbane Report
fabulous guys, absolutely fabulous. I have to know: what brand of retractable fly screens did you use in the main bedroom?