Grand Designs Australia

houserules_s1ep1TV3 made the bold move of putting House Rules, from the makers of My Kitchen Rules, up against Mitre10 Dream Home on TV2.  With are reasonably decent marketing campaign in tow, House Rules went head to head with Mitre10 Dream Home last night for the first time but after the dismal ratings it must surely be a matter of time before TV3 concedes defeat once again and shuffles their schedules.

The average audience for Dream Home was up 14% on its debut last week, jumping from 365,950 to 417,780 viewers.  The debut for Dream Home was slightly lower than The Block NZ’s debut last year which saw it pick up an average audience of 367,920 viewers. Continue reading »

8:30pm – Tuesday, October 23 on TV 3

This week’s unmissable Grand Designs Australia sees Daniel Leipnik and Andrew Preston attempt to build a classic pavilion-style pole home. Grand Designs Australia continues its latest season on Tuesday, October 23 rd at 8:30pm on 3. Daniel and Andrew have long cherished the dream of a laid-back, barefoot life in the tropics. And now they have finally 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 of 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? Find out in Grand Designs Australia, screening on Tuesday, October 23 rd at 8:30pm on 3.

LIVING CHANNEL – Mondays from 10 September, 9.00pm

Charismatic architect and presenter Peter Maddison meets some everyday Australians with big dreams. From rebuilding a labour of love that was burnt to the ground in the Black Saturday bushfires to creating a five bedroom Balinese resort-style mansion with private nightclub on a steep, water access only block, Grand Designs Australia follows the construction of these unique homes and the personal journeys of the owners building them.