The stories of creative and enterprising Kiwis who are taking on the challenge of building their own unique and inspirational homes. No design is too ambitious, and no obstacle too large in their quest for the perfect house.
Season 5 – Episode 8
Mahuia and Mindy are preparing to be the first-time parents and want to build a family home that will double as a recording studio and a rooftop performance space. In this episode we take you back to the home doubling as a recording studio as Mahuia and Mindy try to find harmony between an inspirational music space and a place to raise their family.
The episode was rated from 6 votes.
#2 – The Concreteologist – Revisted
Season 5 – Episode 9
One of Grand Designs’ most compelling builds, in which concretologist Ross risks life and limb to create a towering home for his family on the cliffs of Pt Chevalier.
The episode was rated from 5 votes.
#3 – Queenstown: Modern Day Castle
Season 2 – Episode 6
Christchurch earthquake refugees Andy Macbeth and Jo Denton build a modern-day fortress against the elements in alpine Queenstown.
The episode was rated from 36 votes.
#4 – Suspended Glass House
Season 5 – Episode 2
A site with a river running through it would put most people off. But not Harlem and Nicola who attempt to build a glass-house on a bridge over the water.
The episode was rated from 32 votes.
#5 – South Brighton: Earthquake Rebuild
Season 2 – Episode 8
A terminally ill Christchurch man and his family are determined to stay in South Brighton despite on-going earthquakes, and the fact their house is being built on a sand dune.
The episode was rated from 35 votes.
#6 – Wellington: 45° House
Season 1 – Episode 5
Chris meets architect Nic Ballara, who’s planning to build a house on a steep 45-degree slope overlooking Wellington. Nic Ballara clearly has a head for heights as he starts to build a family home for him and his wife Callie and their 12-year-old daughter. Nic’s site in the earthquake prone city of Wellington is so steep that it looks virtually impossible to build on, however Nic is convinced he has a solution and is determined to build his first home there. A logistical nightmare lies ahead as this Grand Design looks to be an uphill battle throughout.
The episode was rated from 33 votes.
#7 – The Burnt Timber Pavilion
Season 5 – Episode 1
Shane and Tina Nicholls design a unique family home using Japanese burnt timber and Scandinavian brick, a special memorial garden, views over the gulf, a wine cellar, a pool, and much more – it’s a truly international affair.
The episode was rated from 31 votes.
#8 – Ponsonby: French House
Season 2 – Episode 5
Philippe and Sarah Lods hope to create a modernist home based on Parisian apartments on a rare empty site in the heart of Auckland’s historic Ponsonby.
The episode was rated from 37 votes.
#9 – Grand Tearooms Penthouse
Season 6 – Episode 1
Auckland couple Bridget and Steve Varney take on the challenge of converting Farmers’ grand tea rooms built in 1930 into a New York style loft.
The episode was rated from 14 votes.
#10 – Ultramodern Rooftop Home
Season 6 – Episode 8
Heritage building enthusiasts Ted and Ita Daniels create an ultra-modern rooftop apartment on top of one of the city’s most beautiful renovations.
The episode was rated from 10 votes.