14 April 2012

Grand Designs Series 9 {GIVEAWAY}

I’ve always thought that Grand Designs was a program which showcases peoples dream homes – no matter the budget or the challenge. They manage to hurdle obstacles that the rest of us would think too big (or crazy).

They are generally elaborate architectural homebuilding projects which would make a mere mortal quiver in their boots – but not these visionaries.

The programme has been presented by Kevin McCloud since it first aired in April 1999.

The properties featured in Grand Designs are extremely diverse in style and design. From underground homes, barn or water tower conversions to buildings constructed with the environment and sustainability in mind.

I love watching Kevin go back, part way through the build, when things aren’t going to schedule and are going over budget. He always has wise words.

When we go back on the final visit, I’m always awestruck at the finished home... well almost finished homes. There are a couple in this series which still seem to be works in progress.

With our own build (starting later this year) this type of inspiration is always a positive.

Grand Designs (Series 9) is now available on DVD and if you enjoy watching these types of programs, it is sure entertain.

From the re-birthing of a dilapidated mill to the conversion of a crumbling boathouse on a pier (very cool!!), sit back and enjoy the trials and tribulations of building a dream.
Grand Designs 9

With thanks to the generous people at Roadshow, I have 5 copies of Grand Designs (Series 9) to giveaway.

To enter, leave me a comment telling me a little bit about your DREAM home.

It’s a dream, so be as extreme as you like.

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway is open to Australian residents only and the giveaway will close at midday on Sunday 22 April 2012 (AEDST).

The winners will be chosen randomly and announced here on my blog.

Winners are: Beeshebags, Sue, Quilt Kitty, Kerry Santillo, Vozilda


  1. Obviously my dream home, incorporates a HUGE craft studio, with en suite storage rooms for my fabrics in one, yarn in another and beads and buttons in another. Living space though, would have a huge lounge room, 4 or 5 big bedrooms, Spa on an outside deck, large in ground solar heated swimming pool, under cover so it can be used all year round, large entertaining area with outdoor kitchen.....also, I'd like it on a large enough block of land to have a couple of cabin like establishments to either hire out for retreats or when friends come and stay....I could keep rambling, but will spare you all the other 'dreams' I have for my dream home. Love the show and would love to win Series 9 to watch. Hugs Naomi

  2. OK this is one of my all time favourite programs, met him (with hundreds of others) last year at the Grand Design Live. It was my birthday and we spent the day wandering Darling Harbour looking at all the wonderful exhibitions.
    My Dream home designed by DH the architect has parents retreat with en-suite, library separate to other living spaces for all the books we have and keep buying,sewing room (should this be the first on the list)with lots of storage space, large family kitchen with a 900mm gas oven,room for the grandkids to come and stay and a alfresco area with a nice backyard where we can have lots of BBQ with family and friends

  3. A little old weatherboard house in the country. Well, not too little, with a second loungeroom that I can use as my sewing kingdom! Tracee xx

  4. Hmmm, a house with no cracks! (you can see that is an issue in our house!) I would love a home by the sea with a beautiful covered verandah across the front and large picture windows so you can sit and watch the ocean (while quilting of course) whatever the weather. Three bedrooms plus a lovely large, light room for my sewing. A nice big area outside for entertaining and relaxing, oh to dream!

  5. I LOVE this show!
    My dream home changes with the wind! But at the moment I am loving American style houses with verandas all around and rooms in the attic with little verandas of their own....I love a mix of french country and modern and a view would be fantastic - either of mountains and valleys or the ocean! Oh and of course a huge sewing room for me and a radio room for hubby!

  6. Grand Designs? Building porn!...I want "Hamptons" weatherboard, Blue and Beige and White. Verandahs. A large open fireplace. My 30's furniture. Leadlights. Double shower. Integrated kitchen and living. Massive walk-in pantry. SEWING room before I die (please) Fruit trees out the back. Big sheltered back deck with a Pizza oven. Lots of spare beds. Ceiling fans and fly brief to the architect would be massive...shame the budget wouldnt be massive too!

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  8. I LOVE Grand Designs. It was this very show that inspired my Husband and I to be crazy and sell up everything and buy our Dream property in the Hunter Valley. We are living in an American Barn with our 3 boys and every day I look across the empty paddock and dream of the beautiful farmhouse that we will one day hopefully build. I dream of a weatherboard home with wide verandahs and a huge stone fireplace. A big country kitchen overlooking the paddock filled with kangaroos. The boys will have their own rooms (they currently share a loft)and a games room for Hubby. I see an ecclectic mix of old and new furniture with quilts everywhere. Speaking of quilts, there is no need to have a sewing room in the house because I have already got dibs on the barn we currently live in for my studio.
    I cant complain though, at least we are living at our dream property, now we just need to win lotto and the rest of it will be complete.

  9. Love this show!

    My dream house would have a fab craft room of course plus a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves. And a massive playroom to keep the kids entertained so I could indulge in all that craft and reading!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. My dream home would have my very own sewing "studio". That's all I care about at the moment! :)

  11. I have never lived in a home that I (well the bank really) owned. I would love to leave rental accommodation behind.

  12. What a shame I don't live in Australia!

  13. My dream home just needs to have two storeys - the second storey doesn't need to be big just large enough to fit four sewing machines plus tables, storage for over 1000 books, my fabric stash, a daybed and all the other paraphernalia that goes with the crafts that I enjoy. Downstairs is simple, I need a butler's pantry, four bedrooms, a study, lounge room, kitchen with lots of space to hold my kitchenaids - yes I have the blender, food processor and mixer. Then there are the additional extras, like a big bedroom, a bathroom with a bath, a functional laundry and a room that could be open in summer and closed in winter for entertaining.
    Finally, I have to have a backyard for my children and in that there would be a swingset, sandpit and a cubby/tree house that was big enough for them to have campouts in.
    SO I am not really greedy or fussy (but I do know what I want and need) :D

  14. A dream home of five stories high,
    stairs to heaven so you cant say goodbye.
    Lots of different rooms to reflect my mood,
    and lots of cupboards filled with food.
    exotic plants filling the rooms,
    my grand design, no room for assume.

  15. I like this idea! My dream home is like this, It would look like a hobbit house, dome shaped and in a hill, it would be made of wood inside and the ceilings ornate like a barn so from the inside it will be tall. All the rooms would be curved Well wedge shaped, like a cake)and coming from a circular central hall with stone floors so to go from room to room you would have to go into the hall to then go to the room you want. It would have at least 4 double bedrooms, a kitchen, laundry, reading/lounge room a games/play room and a craft room. birds eye view would be like a doughnut. thanks for the 5 minute dream!

  16. a self cleaning house would be my dream house.

  17. big kitchen with a scrubbed pine table, terra cotta tiles on the floor and a big aga - the rest of the house would be designed around the kitchen!

  18. I always thought that HoppoBumpo's plan here
    was as close to a perfect renovation that I'd ever seen!

  19. a big 4 bedroom home with huge walk in robe and ensuite, built in computer cupboard and built in craft cupboard, open plan kitchen family room over looking a large toy room

  20. I LOVE this show!! My dream home would be one that hubby designed himself (he is in the architecture industry)... it would be mud brick, eco friendly, solar electricity and hot water and as self sufficient as we can be!! It we be rustic with a big old fashioned kitchen - which would be the heart of the home! My other tv porn is escape to the country - I love all the old english houses!!! There would be plenty of room for the kids, craft, bikes, chickens, sheep, vegies and fruit and whatever else we needed!!!

  21. My dream home will have a large kitchen and pantry, for bottling days (preserves) and a big sewing room with lots of storage for my stash. The Kids rooms will have big cupboards to hid there mess and a big verandah, for lazy summer days. But most of all my family will be there with me!

  22. I LOVE Grand Designs. My dad and I watched it on ABC before it became "cool", and I've since managed to convert my husband to watch it too :)

    My dream home has 4 bedrooms (us, 1 each for the kids + guest), a study for hubby and a craft room for me. A big kitchen with a gas stove - white cupboards and light granite benchtops with a big, double under-counter sink, a built in dishwasher, and a double door, "upside down" fridge/freezer. Ensuite with a nice, deep bath + separate shower. Nice big laundry with bench space and efficient storage. Oh how I could go on!!

  23. I adore Grand Designs, Kevin is a bit of alright too :)

    My dream home would have an indoor swimming pool, large bathrooms off each bedroom, huge kitchen with lots of space for cooking, opening into a covered outdoor eating area that could be enclosed for winter.

    It would also come with a cook, cleaner and handyman at no extra cost :grin:

  24. I have a daughter addicted to the Grand Designs program and we as a family do like the show too. My daughter however can draw up plans daily and approaches us on what she will have one day...yes a separate library with fireplace and craft room would be super and a big playroom/rumpus for fun space to play... a fabulous parents retreat would be delightful too! I also would love a gorgeous outdoor garden room!!! Pretty grand I know!!!

  25. we both love the show.. have watched it for years!! my dream home is the one in the movie,"the sandpiper"with elizabeth taylor and richard burton.. its an old film but the house is stunning.. set on the edge of the beach, on a cliff, rather open plan and arty.. would like to hear the sea.. thats my idea of a great house!

  26. wow - great giveaway I love this show - my dream house would be open plan living with floor to ceiling windows with timber floors and would have to include a huge studio - an outdoor bali style bathroom would also be great - I think it would also have to be in a warm part of australia preferably with ocean views :) ah, to dream !

  27. My dream home would be self sufficient and enviromentally kind. Solar powered by the sun, water from rain water tanks, with vegetables and fruit from my own garden.

  28. I am new to your blog, I just found it on the top 50 bloggers site...I love the show Grand Designs. I love to dream of a house just like some of them. I'd love an open plan home with lots of glass, and space. No clutter. Lots of white...big kitchen & bathroom...lots of land. I'll keep dreaming. Thanks for chance to win :)

  29. My dream house is a three bedroom cottage in Tasmania, it has a garden full of roses and herbs, with fruit trees and a vegie patch. Inside there's a fireplace, polished wooden floors with plenty of rugs and a walk-in pantry :)

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