Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia

Tallebudgera Valley Queenslander
Season 7  |  Episode 11  |  Lifestyle Channel  |  June 18, 2018
Classification: General Classification: General
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When it comes to building the family home in Canberra, IT engineer Damien Lederer wants it filled with every whizz-bang feature his hi-tech brain could create. Computer controlled blinds, clear to opaque glass, a two storey helical glass staircase and a custom designed air-powered laundry chute are all on the table. As well as a house that could think for itself, Damien wanted to fuse green building materials with commercial elements to create a zero carbon house - not an easy task when you're wanting all the latest wizardry and comforts; it's hard to wrap it all up in a strictly green philosophy.

When it comes to building the family home in Canberra, IT engineer Damien Lederer wants it filled with every whizz-bang feature his hi-tech brain could create. Computer controlled blinds, clear to opaque glass, a two storey helical glass staircase and a custom designed air-powered laundry chute are all on the table. As well as a house that could think for itself, Damien wanted to fuse green building materials with commercial elements to create a zero carbon house - not an easy task when you're wanting all the latest wizardry and comforts; it's hard to wrap it all up in a strictly green philosophy.

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
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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.
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