Grand Designs Australia

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Mt Eliza Modern

Series 5 · Episode 2

Georgina Knightley has been drawing and designing homes since she was a child, but she’s never got around to building anything. Until now.

Together with Husband Phillip she knows that time is of the essence. Their two girls Isobel and Charlotte are in the middle of high school, so if she is ever going to create a true family hub then she has to act fast.  

So they buy the perfect block, high up in Mount Eliza with sweeping views across the entire bay. Now all they need to do is build Georgina’s latest creation.  A slick, lightweight, modernist design with a schedule focused on one key ingredient – Speed. 

Builders have told her it will take 18 months. Georgina is thinking more like 6.

Firstly, she’s not going to bother getting planning permission. Instead, by leaving just one wall standing when they demolish the existing house, this will be classed as a renovation and NOT a new building. And secondly, she and Phillip plan to manage every last element, including the sourcing and importing of as most of the key building materials themselves. From China. 

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, how about everything? When the one wall that was supposed to be left standing from the old house gets demolished, it’s the start of downhill spiral. Redesigns, angry neighbours, grueling council meetings, quitting builders and not to mention total confusion in China. All against the backdrop of a looming Global Financial Crisis threatening to cripple their once thriving business. 

In what becomes the longest delay ever witnessed on Grand Designs Australia, how can Georgina and Phillip muster the financial and emotional will to keep going in the face of total adversity.


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Posted by TimboReport
They messed up by removing the last wall thereby involving the local council - a trap for young players.
Her indignation was misdirected.