A truly unique brand and a massive undertaking with a shooting period of over 12 months, Grand Designs Australia tells the stories of new homes and perhaps more importantly the Aussies who are building them. Based on the award-winning UK series, Grand Designs Australia is the first international format of the critically acclaimed show. The series charts the in-depth process of elaborate design projects undertaken by self-builders - from the initial details of blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning the designs into a practical living space. No design is too ambitious when it comes to creating your dream home. But discovering the hard realities that complicate your plans can often be too much to bear. From rebuilding a labour of love in the Victorian bush after it was burnt to the ground in the Black Saturday bush fires; to transforming a tiny corner car park into five level home in the urban jungle; and a cyclone proof, tropical tree house that is windowless and based on the shape of 50 cent piece; Grand Designs Australia follows not only the growth of these unique homes, but the personal journey of those building it. The host is incredibly important to the shows success and after an extensive search, leading Australian architect Peter Maddison was secured. With over 25 years experience his projects include a huge range of award-winning residential and commercial work, Peter understands Australian architecture and our climate, culture and history.