Ambitious, Inspirational homes to be seen in Grand Designs New Zealand

Following ambitious and often elaborate architectural homebuilding projects, the New Zealand version of the hit British television series Grand Designs, premieres on TV3 tonight.

Hosted by esteemed New Zealand architect Chris Moller, Grand Designs New Zealand will share the stories of creative and enterprising Kiwis who are taking on the huge challenge of building their own unique and inspirational homes.

The show will also be live streamed at

Following the process of the incredible design projects, as well as the personal journeys of those who are building them, Grand Designs New Zealand will follow Kiwis in pursuit of architectural brilliance.

Beginning with the initial blueprints, Moller and the team will be there every step of the way as the long and often arduous task of turning the plans into practical living spaces comes to fruition.

“It’s wonderful to get out there and discover the creative spirit of Kiwis who are rolling up their sleeves to realise their dreams in ingenious ways,” said Moller about being involved in the ground-breaking local series.

Kicking off the series with Sydney-based writer Scott Lawrie, Grand Designs New Zealand will meet Lawrie as he plans for his new life in New Zealand on a remote rural hillside behind Pakiri beach.

“Scottie is a really interesting character, and he’s about to realise his extraordinary dream to live in a steel sculpture,” said Moller. “You will get to meet his builder, his architect and a big team that he has inspired and assembled around him – it’s going to be great!”

However, as with most grand designs, Lawrie’s project will not be without its fair share of challenges. Putting the whole project in jeopardy, the instalment will see Lawrie’s budget maxed out before the groundwork is even done.

Refusing to compromise a single element of his vision, Lawrie now has to do whatever is necessary to make his grand design come to life.

Grand Designs New Zealand is made with the support of New Zealand on Air.

Grand Designs New Zealand, 8:30pm Sundays on TV3. Grand Designs New Zealand is also live streamed at

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