Grand Designs Australia returns for a third season

Grand Designs Australia returns for a third season
Grand Designs Australia returns for a third season

Grand Designs Australia will return tonight for a third season on Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel.

Architect Peter Maddison will be looking at the Mansfield home of farmer couple Pamela and Stuart.

The couple hope to incorporate an “indoor-outdoor lifestyle” to their new home, which leaves Maddison worried they are trying to bring Melbourne to Mansfield.

The couple formerly lived in a one-bedroom home requiring visitors to sleep under the stars, a tradition they wish to continue in some fashion.

In another upcoming episode the spotlight will be on the construction of another couple’s Balnarring home on a rural block.

The couple plan to build a grand home complete with a swimming pool and a wine cellar but run into difficulty with poor ground conditions.

Maddison notes the packing sand has effectively turned into quicksand, as foundation works set the project behind two months.

Shot over the past 12 months with 160 shooting days for Maddison, the Australian program charts the projects undertaken by self-builders – from the initial blueprints to the long and predictably arduous building of the property and the final moving in.

Grand Designs Australia season three sees some incredible designs built with exotic materials, proving there is no one answer when it comes to selection or style,” says Maddison.

“All the brave home owners are searching for the right answer, and I've enjoyed trying to find the truth in each.”

The fourth episode looks at a couple in Warburton who bought a former water reservoir. They had planned on building a house cantilevered over the water until their feng shui expert advised against it. They have the site blessed by a Buddhist monk.

Over the course of the episode the couple start to doubt the veracity of the feng shui consultant's level of expertise.

Most of the episodes focus on rural constructions with other episodes in Byron Bay, Barossa Valley and Ocean View. There is one episode in Hampton and one episode in Annandale.

The show is based on the successful British series hosted by Kevin McCloud. His show is currently screening its 12th season.

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Alistair Walsh

Alistair Walsh

Deutsche Welle online reporter

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