The BEST Episodes of Grand Designs Australia

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 5, 2020

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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.

Barossa Valley Glass House

#1 - Barossa Valley Glass House

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.46
111 votes
Annandale Urban House

#2 - Annandale Urban House

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 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?

star 8.45
166 votes
Trinity Beach Pole House

#3 - Trinity Beach Pole House

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 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?

star 8.18
139 votes
Warburton Arch House

#4 - Warburton Arch House

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.17
114 votes
Toolangi, VIC

#5 - Toolangi, VIC

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 21, 2019

Tabitha and Chris always dreamt of living in the forest. They bought 120 acres of rainforest in Toolangi and are building a farmhouse that will be a sustainable, economical, fire-proof and completely off grid.

star 8.14
7 votes
Brookfield Spotted Gum House

#6 - Brookfield Spotted Gum House

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.08
60 votes
Lewisham, TAS

#7 - Lewisham, TAS

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 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.

star 8.08
12 votes
Balnarring Rammed Earth

#8 - Balnarring Rammed Earth

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 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?

star 8.07
168 votes
Kuitpo House

#9 - Kuitpo House

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.01
87 votes
Torrens Park Modern Mansion

#10 - Torrens Park Modern Mansion

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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?

star 8.00
33 votes
Northcote Vinegar Factory

#11 - Northcote Vinegar Factory

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.97
59 votes
Pipers Creek Strawbale House

#12 - Pipers Creek Strawbale House

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 4, 2014

Like many people, Dean and Sherril Lamb yearn for a simpler existence, for them and their three children. But unlike most people, they’re actually going to try and make it happen. They’ve sold their successful fruit shop and home in Warragul and bought 40acres in Pipers Creek in country Victoria ….all in the pursuit of total self sufficiency.

star 7.97
29 votes
North Bondi Urban Cliff, NSW

#13 - North Bondi Urban Cliff, NSW

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 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?

star 7.96
69 votes
Launceston Sub Station

#14 - Launceston Sub Station

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.92
64 votes
The Foxground Pavilion

#15 - The Foxground Pavilion

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.90
60 votes
Verrierdale Tent House, QLD

#16 - Verrierdale Tent House, QLD

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired May 11, 2017

Inland from Noosa in a lush tropical landscape sits Nick and Nicole's sail house. They have a daring design which they hope will look like a yacht moored on dry land and provide them with a true adventure in paradise.

star 7.86
50 votes
Claremont Origami House

#17 - Claremont Origami House

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.86
56 votes
Faraday Aussie Bush House

#18 - Faraday Aussie Bush House

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.84
49 votes
The Graceville Container House

#19 - The Graceville Container House

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 12, 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.

star 7.81
37 votes
Williamstown Bluestone Cottage

#20 - Williamstown Bluestone Cottage

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 20, 2014

Jason and Jennifer's 15- year-old derelict bluestone cottage was left almost frozen in time. They plan to restore it and add a modern, industrial structure that will contrast the heritage frontage.

star 7.78
50 votes
East Melbourne Mini-Skyscraper

#21 - East Melbourne Mini-Skyscraper

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 5, 2015

Ralph Alphonso has grand plans for his 5mx4m inner city design. It will be a massive challenge on a small scale, and Ralph is adamant this eco-friendly build will not sacrifice style or luxury at the cost of the world around him.

star 7.78
67 votes
Port Melbourne Urban Green

#22 - Port Melbourne Urban Green

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 6, 2014

Ian and Ann are challenging the norms in their suburb to build a modern and sustainable home that is clad in water tanks. It's a game of invention and ingenuity for a $1.8 million investment.

star 7.76
63 votes
Five Dock Retro

#23 - Five Dock Retro

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 19, 2012

Anne Potter loves all things retro - the fashion, the cars... even the hairstyles. So ten years ago, it was no surprise that she and husband Michael snapped up a modest 60’s bungalow overlooking the harbour in Sydney’s Five Dock. Since then their family has expanded and with three very active boys, they are really feeling the squeeze so they’re tearing down the old house to build their own modern version of a retro home, with curved steel and walls of glass with a hint of Mondrian inspired colour - a complete contrast to the well-kept, more conservative homes that surround them. This is Anne’s dream opportunity. As an interior designer by trade, she’s keen to be actively involved in creating their special home. But she’s been a stay-at-home mum, out of the industry for ten years, and overseeing a house construction is a whole new challenge. Can she keep across the intricacies of the job in between school drop offs, supermarket runs and cooking the dinner?

star 7.75
147 votes
Euroa, VIC

#24 - Euroa, VIC

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 17, 2019

In the bush ranger territory of the Strathbogie Ranges, Eddie and Dot dream of a home with a magnificent 360 degree view. Can they work around the huge granite boulders to achieve their dream?

star 7.72
18 votes
North Balgowlah Pop Art House

#25 - North Balgowlah Pop Art House

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 26, 2015

An abiding love of all things 1950’s, especially American design, architecture and art has been a life-long pursuit for dedicated collectors Warwick Noble and Melanie Hughes. If it’s from the 50’s, they collect it, they wear it…… or they dance to it! They live in an old fibro house built in the 50’s by Mel’s grandfather. But its boxy design has become too tight for them and their two daughters Evie 7 and Lola aged 9, so they’ve made the decision to build from scratch, and fast track to 50’s modern.

star 7.68
57 votes