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Battery Point Glass House

Series 2 · Episode 9

Adventurous, outdoorsy types, Greg Kay and Trish Knight, live in the ideal spot to enjoy nature - right on the waterfront in Hobart’s exclusive Battery Point. The view is dazzling and the aspect fabulous so when the time comes to downsize, they don’t want to go far – and end up buying the block next door. The plan is to subdivide, sell the heritage cottage at the front of the block and build a new house at the back, facing the water. But councils have a way of altering even the best laid plans – and after several set backs and a re-think, Greg and Trish find themselves embarking on an epic upsizing adventure. The old cottage must be integrated into a massive new house with two distinct zones – historical cottage at the front, ultra modern glass, timber and exposed concrete extension at the back. But it’s not easy. Stubborn blue stone bedrock, steep, narrow, restricted access, and a rogue sewage line indicate trouble ahead. Add to that an architect given free reign, contracts done on a handshake, and Greg’s insistence on quality, and you have a schedule blow out with a budget spinning out of control. The big question is – can they afford to live there?

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    Check out the list of suppliers from Episode 9 of Grand Designs Australia Series 2 - an incredible home on the waterfront in Hobart.

  • Battery Point Glass House - Before & After

    from Grand Designs Australia

    Adventurous, outdoorsy types, Greg Kay and Trish Knight, live in the ideal spot to enjoy nature - right on the waterfront in Hobart’s exclusive Battery Point. The view is dazzling and the aspect fabulous so when the time comes to downsize, they don’t want to go far – and end up buying the block next door. The plan is to subdivide, sell the heritage cottage at the front of the block and build a new house at the back, facing the water.

 
 

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Posted by Maddy43Report
The good thing about Grand Designs is that you learn from other people's mistakes. This is a good example.
Posted by Ann306Report
Your house(s) is absolutely stunning. I love that you kept the old one - and how well it has been married with the new. Congratulations.
Posted by Report
Original house fixed up looks good, concrete bunker out the back looks bad...... wasted your money, buy a boat instead.
Posted by Report
You are very lucky man to be able to get permit even it take you 2 year to get it and able to build back part of the house.Front house look great done good job there,but back part of the house well it look it need a lift of colour to bring to life other that it look good there are some great ideal.well done.i cry myself last night wacthing the show being not so lucky enongh to get my permit for two year and lost also face to lose my farm thank to council.
Posted by cintasayangReport
btw, what is the big door that opens up into the deck called???
Posted by cintasayangReport
i thought it's a lovely house. it's called grand design and it's pushing the limit of their imagination. great job!
Posted by Report
Fantastic location and I'm so glad you kept the old part of the house. Some would have demolished it and that would have been a tragedy. It was such an electic design that I'm sure the show didn't do it complete justice. It looked fantastic though.
Posted by BCBReport
What a beautiful home in a equally beautiful location. The attention to detail shine through in every aspect of the final job. I just hope you have been able to sell the other home and are now enjoying life without the stress caused by over commitment to the bloody banks.
Your determination and a never give in mind set are to be commended. Hang the over budget problems, you can't take it with you.