Grand Designs Australia is all about passion, innovation, risk and reward, and the extraordinary lengths people will go to build their dream home. Host Anthony Burke charts the journeys of some of our most imaginative and ambitious architectural trailblazers, as they push their finances and their families to the limit in their quest to create spectacular homes. From one end of Australia to the other, Anthony will meet and support homeowners as they embark on a rollercoaster ride of dedication, creativity, and endurance. This is Australian architecture at its best.
A Fremantle Australia production for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Supervising Executive Producer Brooke Bayvel. Executive Producer Michael Collett. ABC Commissioning Editor Jo Chichester. ABC Head of Factual Susie Jones. International sales: Fremantle Media International.
The ABC is excited to announce the new lifestyle series Grand Designs Transformations to air on ABC TV and ABC iview next year.
Hosted by Restoration Australia’s Anthony Burke – a Professor of Architecture - and introducing award-winning interior designer Yasmine Ghoniem, Grand Designs Transformations features fascinating stories of ambitious homeowners who are transforming their property into the home of their dreams…both inside and out.
From the team behind Grand Designs Australia and Restoration Australia, this brand-new series puts Australia’s boldest and most inspired home renovators to the test, stretching their skills, finances and relationships in the quest to create their perfect homes. Each episode showcases two unique stories and two stunning home reveals: be it interior design, renovation, or a landscaping makeover.
ABC Head of Factual Susie Jones said, “We’re thrilled to build on our suite of premium lifestyle content with Grand Designs Transformations and we are delighted to welcome Yasmine to the ABC to co-host the series with Anthony. The series welcomes us into the homes of a vast array of everyday Australians taking on ambitious projects with creativity and ingenuity.”
Anthony Burke said, “Things are moving so fast in design and architecture at the moment. It is fantastic to see the way issues like sustainability, multi-generational living, tiny homes, recycled homes and more are being explored by Australian homeowners, stepping outside the expected and into the provocative at all scales of building. People are rolling up their sleeves and transforming our ideas of living in Australia, one project at a time.
It’s also incredible to work with my co-host Yasmin Ghoniem who brings her energy and insight to the conversation. The visits we did together were hilarious fun to do!”
Yasmine Ghoneim said, “I was blown away witnessing extraordinary achievements by ordinary people. There’s nothing better than seeing others understand the benefits of good design, listen to their gut and go for it. Watching this series, young homeowners especially are going to be inspired to take risks and give it a red hot go when it comes to realising their own renovation dreams.”
From a Moroccan oasis in the Blue Mountains to the pink palace on Queensland’s Gold Coast; a French-inspired convict cottage in Tasmania, to a low-cost eco retreat in the trees in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, the projects are as inspired as the challenges are rife!
Throughout the series, Anthony and Yasmine are along for the ride, providing insight, expert advice, and the odd shoulder to cry on.
A Fremantle Australia production for the ABC financed with support from the ABC. Head of Unscripted: Josie Mason Campbell. Supervising Executive Producer: Brooke Bayvel. Executive Producer: Michael Collett. Series Producer: Chris Perry. ABC Commissioning Editor: Jo Chichester. Executive Producer: Madeleine Hawcroft. Head of Factual: Susie Jones. International Distribution: Fremantle Distribution.