Grand Designs Australia

Episode Guide

South Melbourne Brick House

Series 4 · Episode 2

As a brick-layer, Greg Saunders has spent most of his adult life building houses for other people. Now after dreaming about it for more than twenty years, he’s doing it for himself out of the materials he’s most passionate about – bricks.

He and his partner Emma are ripping down their inner-city townhouse in a South Melbourne laneway to build a 3 level home to raise their young son Archie.
Plus they’re giving extended family living a go – assigning the entire ground floor of their new house to Emma’s parents, who are contributing to the budget.

Trustingly Emma’s parents have left the design of the house completely to Greg who plans to be as creative as possible with his beloved bricks that will be custom designed and painted by hand. His appreciation of craftsmanship is rather old-fashioned but his unique, industrial design sensibility is very contemporary with much of the house crafted from recycled materials found at junk yards.

But hand-made equals time consuming, and Greg is under added pressure to get the family in, as he battles to get the in laws ground level finished. Plus, living with the extended family is new ground for all of them. Can they survive the build process AND live harmoniously in the same house?


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