The BEST episodes of Grand Designs Australia

Every episode of Grand Designs Australia ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Grand Designs Australia!

Grand Designs Australia tells the stories of new homes and perhaps more importantly the Aussies who are building them. Based on the award-winning UK series, Grand Designs Australia is the first international format of the critically acclaimed show. The series charts the in-depth process of elaborate design projects undertaken by self-builders - from the initial details of blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning the designs into a practical living space. No design is too ambitious when it comes to creating your dream home. But discovering the hard realities that complicate your plans can often be too much to bear. Hosted by leading Australian architect Peter Maddison.

Last Updated: 12/12/2023Network: LifeStyleStatus: Ended
Clarence 'Container House', NSW
2 votes

#1 - Clarence 'Container House', NSW

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/15/2023

Dennis and Karen have long dreamed of living in the wilderness and in 2013 they finally bought their perfect bush block in Clarence, a tiny pocket of the spectacular Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. But beauty comes at a price... bushfires are an ongoing threat and designing a house to withstand them is a challenge. For Dennis, an engineer, the answer is obvious - a house made of steel. He sets about refurbishing seven giant shipping containers into his and Karen's new home.

Coburg, VIC
19 votes

#2 - Coburg, VIC

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/19/2021

Marc and Felicity have dreams of building a non-toxic, passive home and after years of work, the unthinkable happens – a fire sweeps through their beloved home just as they are about to move in. Will their dreams be shattered forever?

Coober Pedy 'Dug Out', SA
2 votes

#3 - Coober Pedy 'Dug Out', SA

Season 10 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/15/2023

Constructing an underground acropolis in the desert town of Coober Pedy is an ambitious undertaking, but when Paul's parents retire, he wants to build them the ultimate 'underground Greek mansion'.

Annandale Urban House
168 votes

#4 - Annandale Urban House

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/22/2012

Brett and Rees are the proud parents of three young boys and desperately need more space. They love their inner west community in Sydney's Annandale, so the plan is to build on the small empty allotment behind their apartment. The first sod has barely been turned when one of the heritage buildings on their boundary is in danger of collapsing. Exhausted by ongoing battles and a build that's months behind schedule - will Brett & Rees have enough grit and determination to see their project through to completion?

Barossa Valley Glass House
113 votes

#5 - Barossa Valley Glass House

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/29/2012

James & Helen plan to capture breathtaking Barossa views in their elegant new home. 60 metres long, 1 room wide and virtually all glass, it looks straightforward on paper. The complicated part is building it.

Trinity Beach Pole House
139 votes

#6 - Trinity Beach Pole House

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/3/2012

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?

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Chain Of Lagoons, TAS
11 votes

#7 - Chain Of Lagoons, TAS

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/2/2022

When Lynne and Paul met while sailing five years ago, neither had plans to fall in love, let alone relocate to the wilds of Tasmania to build a home. But that all changes for the Melbourne couple when they visit the Apple Isle and find a beautiful stretch of coastal wilderness with panoramic views over the Tasman Sea. With grand plans to build a huge Modern home, they decide that Paul will project manage construction. But living onsite for months on end in a battered up old caravan will test his skills, endurance and ultimately his health.

Warburton Arch House
115 votes

#8 - Warburton Arch House

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/8/2012

Tyrone & Hailey follow the advice of a feng shui expert or 'energy ecologist' throughout construction of their new house. An owner-built labour of love, their passive solar building has a curved living roof planted with native grasses.

Balnarring Rammed Earth
171 votes

#9 - Balnarring Rammed Earth

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/1/2012

Eco conscious entertainers Claire and Lisa adore their hobby farming lifestyle on Victoria's Mornington peninsula, but the cute 1930's beach shack they've long shared with two pugs has lost its once savoured charm. They're upgrading and building a sustainable, modernist, entertainers' home that blends sophisticated design elements with rammed earth, recycled materials and raw finishes. It all sounds glamorous and straightforward but with a zero contingency budget what happens when a wet winter meets an insidious clay soil?

Whittlesea 'Earth', VIC
3 votes

#10 - Whittlesea 'Earth', VIC

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/25/2023

Bel and John are building a radical underground house on 25 spectacular acres at Whittlesea, in Victoria's Plenty Valley - so named for its fertile farmland and magnificent views. But the area has also acquired a more terrifying reputation. In 2009, 120 people died nearby at Kinglake in what's now known as the Black Saturday bushfires, and as a result Bel and John want a home that's fire proof! With John away at work for much of the build, it's up to Bel to project manage the difficult and complex build. But a number of unexpected challenges make the process harder than anticipated, and with their underground sanctuary looking more like an airport terminal than a stylish home, the pressure reaches breaking point!

Dooralong 'Elemental', NSW
3 votes

#11 - Dooralong 'Elemental', NSW

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/8/2023

Electrician Mick takes on the challenge of a lifetime when he and artist wife Belynda decide to build their dream modernist home in the bucolic Dooralong Valley, on the NSW Central Coast.

Inverloch, VIC
14 votes

#12 - Inverloch, VIC

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/12/2022

In 2016, a fire destroyed the much-loved old family homestead on Alistair and Belinda's dairy farm, in Inverloch, Victoria. And while a lifetime of happy memories went up in smoke, the couple were determined to create something new that would reflect the family's farming history, while providing a home to entice their kids to stick around. With Belinda supervising the build, they embark on a bold new project to create a comfortable home that looks like a dairy shed, complete with silos for bedrooms. But trying to recreate an authentic looking 100-year-old barn using both old and new materials is harder than it looks, and it's not long before Belinda feels the pressure to get it right.

Kuitpo, SA
90 votes

#13 - Kuitpo, SA

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/19/2015

Nick and Kate take inspiration from their vineyard location for the first build. Their architect designed home in the shape of a leaf, with a spine stone wall running through the middle and comes with a singing studio.

Foxground Pavilion
61 votes

#14 - Foxground Pavilion

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/30/2014

After 30 years as a civil engineer, Joe Cato has built more roads than the Romans. But a few years ago he and wife Maura made the active decision to slow everything down - to sell their successful construction business, and spend more time with their three children.

Brookfield Spotted Gum
57 votes

#15 - Brookfield Spotted Gum

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/27/2014

Millie and Andrew are bringing their dream of life on a farm to fruition, including a home that is unique. Projecting out of the landscape and clad in natural materials, it's a new take on rural living.

Northcote Vinegar Factory
59 votes

#16 - Northcote Vinegar Factory

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/17/2015

Owner/Architect Adrian is passionate about sustainable building. He has grand plans for turning his Vinegar Factory inside out by creating a four storey eco-friendly house complete with a series of walled rainforest.

North Bondi Urban Cliff, NSW
68 votes

#17 - North Bondi Urban Cliff, NSW

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/27/2017

Brendan and Penelope dream of a multi-tiered, multi-million dollar home, complete with infinity pool on the side of a cliff in Bondi. But when they constantly change plans, will it ever be finished?

Torrens Park Modern Mansion
33 votes

#18 - Torrens Park Modern Mansion

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/24/2013

Hoteliers Richard and Denise have knocked down the family home in the Adelaide Hills and are re-building an even bigger version, despite the fact their kids are grown. This modern mansion will have all the bells and whistles, amid resort like luxury on 3 tiered acres overlooking Adelaide. But is this unpretentious, likeable couple creating a home or a hotel for themselves? Money may be no object but have they taken on too much?

Faraday Aussie Bush House
47 votes

#19 - Faraday Aussie Bush House

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/11/2014

Before Matt McClelland’s wife Anne died six years ago, they’d been looking for a rural property to build on - a place to call home for them and for their four adult children to come to visit. So when Matt stumbled across 40 acres in central Victoria with spectacular views to Mt Alexander’s granite hill side, he knew he’d found the spot.

Lewisham, TAS
26 votes

#20 - Lewisham, TAS

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/14/2019

Alice is a long term fan of the small house movement and on a sloping site facing the Southern Ocean. She's creating a petite 40 square metre pod, offering all she needs and nothing more.

Launceston, TAS
66 votes

#21 - Launceston, TAS

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/12/2015

Seasoned renovators Mark and Karen are taking on the challenge of converting a derelict 1920's electricity substation into a cutting edge home - while preserving its history and integrity.

The Graceville Container House
38 votes

#22 - The Graceville Container House

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/9/2014

This feisty and resourceful couple decide to trial a whole new way of building, starting with 10, then 20, then 31 steel shipping containers that carpenter Todd, plans to crane into their suburban block, then somehow weld into a flood proof family home - all for just $400,000.

Claremont Origami
59 votes

#23 - Claremont Origami

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/23/2014

Why would an architect at the pinnacle her career and creative powers ditch the drafting desk, don steel cap boots and take up a blowtorch? Because for Ariane Prevost, that’s exactly the antidote to a lifetime of designing houses for other people – 102 in fact.

Carlton, VIC
16 votes

#24 - Carlton, VIC

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/19/2022

Building a big house in inner city Melbourne is a tricky business stymied by heritage overlays, a lack of available space and soaring property prices. But architect Annalise and project manager Kim have a plan to thwart those hurdles and turn their tiny 1850s Carlton terrace into a multi-storied modern home with a large garden and a triple car-stacker. Their secret - to dig down and build up and out - creating a remarkable home that bridges the old and the new, and redefines living in the inner city. The catch - Annalise is based in Dubai with the kids, while Kim is left to project manager this complex and unusual build in the face of border closures, lockdowns and construction delays. As the project drags on with his family on the other side of the world, the pressure tests Kim's resolve and his relationships.

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Carrickalinga 'Shed', SA
4 votes

#25 - Carrickalinga 'Shed', SA

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/22/2023

Having spent two years scouring Australia on the hunt for the perfect block, Catherine and Mick settle on 50 acres atop the spectacular rolling hills of South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula.