Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia

Surry Hills Very Small House
ABC  |  June 7, 2018

Architect Domenic Alvaro and his partner Sue Bassett are urban animals who love inner city suburb Surry Hills in Sydney. However, the suburb comes with a nightmare price tag, so their solution is to buy small and build tall.

Architect Domenic Alvaro and his partner Sue Bassett are urban animals who love inner city suburb Surry Hills in Sydney. However, the suburb comes with a nightmare price tag, so their solution is to buy small and build tall.

The first time Brendan Moran saw his North Bondi block, it was so steep and inaccessible he didn't bother getting out of the car. But wife Penny was undeterred. She saw the potential in the awkward L-shaped battle-axe block. Despite being hemmed in on all sides by surrounding houses and with just one skinny lane way in, they reckoned they could squeeze all they needed for them and their four kids on this block by simply going up. 

Four levels should do it, rising 14m in the air with an infinity edge pool and they're pushing building regulations to get it all in. But excavating this ex-quarry is more complicated than they think. In fact every stage of the build is hampered by the challenges of the block. Its so tight there's nowhere for the tradies to put anything, and keeping peace with the neighbours is a full time job. 

With builder and mentor Martin at the helm, Penny dons the work boots and hard hat, and gets on the tools. Her passion is building and she's all over the intricacies of the build as she juggles her life as a tradie with being a mum. After a family holiday to Thailand, she and Brendan return refreshed and inspired to make substantial structural changes they say will make their house even better. 

From changing the entire entrance to lifting ceiling heights and redesigning the pool to make it even longer and deeper, the complexity of this construction would challenge even the most seasoned builders. After numerous council applications and changes that blow their bank balance, and schedule, right out of the water, their spontaneous decision-making threatens to spiral out of control. As costs soar into the millions, there's no guarantee how or when this multi-tiered tower will ever get done.

Grand Designs Australia: North Bondi Urban Cliff, NSW

Design and technologies

Years 9-10, 11-12 Design and technologies
51:40
The first time Brendan Moran saw his North Bondi block, it was so steep and inaccessible he didn't bother getting out of the car. But wife Penny was undeterred. She saw the potential in the awkward L-shaped battle-axe block. Despite being hemmed in on all sides by surrounding houses and with just one skinny lane way in, they reckoned they could squeeze all they needed for them and their four kids on this block by simply going up. Four levels should do it, rising 14m in the air with an infinity edge pool and they're pushing building regulations to get it all in. But excavating this ex-quarry is more complicated than they think. In fact every stage of the build is hampered by the challenges of the block. Its so tight there's nowhere for the tradies to put anything, and keeping peace with the neighbours is a full time job. With builder and mentor Martin at the helm, Penny dons the work boots and hard hat, and gets on the tools. Her passion is building and she's all over the intricacies of the build as she juggles her life as a tradie with being a mum. After a family holiday to Thailand, she and Brendan return refreshed and inspired to make substantial structural changes they say will make their house even better. From changing the entire entrance to lifting ceiling heights and redesigning the pool to make it even longer and deeper, the complexity of this construction would challenge even the most seasoned builders. After numerous council applications and changes that blow their bank balance, and schedule, right out of the water, their spontaneous decision-making threatens to spiral out of control. As costs soar into the millions, there's no guarantee how or when this multi-tiered tower will ever get done.
Since it's formation in the early '60s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA's triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. 1965, Ed White became the first American to leave his capsule in orbit. In just four years, Neil Armstrong steps from the ladder of his Lunar Module and becomes the first man to set foot on another world. Fast forward 30 years and the Mars Pathfinder lands safely on the Red Planet, beaming back incredible surface images of our closest planetary neighbour. Also including triumphs such as the Hubble Telescope, and the efforts of the crew that saved the astronauts of Apollo 13, this mini-series highlights some of the most memorable and pivotal moments within mankind's legacy. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a 50-year quest.

NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements

Science, Design and technologies

Years 9-10, 11-12 Science, Design and technologies
52:33
Since it's formation in the early '60s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA's triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. 1965, Ed White became the first American to leave his capsule in orbit. In just four years, Neil Armstrong steps from the ladder of his Lunar Module and becomes the first man to set foot on another world. Fast forward 30 years and the Mars Pathfinder lands safely on the Red Planet, beaming back incredible surface images of our closest planetary neighbour. Also including triumphs such as the Hubble Telescope, and the efforts of the crew that saved the astronauts of Apollo 13, this mini-series highlights some of the most memorable and pivotal moments within mankind's legacy. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a 50-year quest.
Since it's formation in the early '60s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA's triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. 1965, Ed White became the first American to leave his capsule in orbit. In just four years, Neil Armstrong steps from the ladder of his Lunar Module and becomes the first man to set foot on another world. Fast forward 30 years and the Mars Pathfinder lands safely on the Red Planet, beaming back incredible surface images of our closest planetary neighbour. Also including triumphs such as the Hubble Telescope, and the efforts of the crew that saved the astronauts of Apollo 13, this mini-series highlights some of the most memorable and pivotal moments within mankind's legacy. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a 50-year quest.

NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements

Science, Design and technologies

Years 9-10, 11-12 Science, Design and technologies
53:06
Since it's formation in the early '60s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA's triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. 1965, Ed White became the first American to leave his capsule in orbit. In just four years, Neil Armstrong steps from the ladder of his Lunar Module and becomes the first man to set foot on another world. Fast forward 30 years and the Mars Pathfinder lands safely on the Red Planet, beaming back incredible surface images of our closest planetary neighbour. Also including triumphs such as the Hubble Telescope, and the efforts of the crew that saved the astronauts of Apollo 13, this mini-series highlights some of the most memorable and pivotal moments within mankind's legacy. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a 50-year quest.
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