Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison reveals his bane house design trend



One of Australia’s most popular home design trends has been trashed by architect and Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison.

We’ve all heard the saying “bigger the better”.

And for many Australians – especially those with growing families – this rings true when it comes to their home.

Today’s Australian dream is made up of movie theaters, oversized bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms in every room, and a sprawling backyard.

Great Drawings Australia Host Peter Maddison told that Australian homes are, on average, the tallest homes in the world – and it’s not something to be proud of.

“Bigger isn’t sustainable in the long run,” said Maddison, who currently directs season nine of the popular design show on Foxtel.

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“We have a lot of rooms that people don’t fit in and it results in dysfunctional homes with no interactions.

“We build pieces that I find absurd. Home theaters, sports halls, cellars … Likewise for service areas, there are too many things in the bathroom, everyone wants two sinks.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to do this.

“Everyone is in a different room, watching a different show. It is to the detriment of family life. Size and consumption, you have to give it to your heart’s content.

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Despite being an award-winning architect, the Melbourne resident never built his own home.

When that day comes, it goes without saying that he will focus on being more intimate.

“I would do it with soul and humility. There would be no very finite spaces, and there would be joy and humor, ”he added.

“The materials would be genuine and would come from local lumber shops using sustainable materials. Everything as local as possible.

“A building that captures who you are.

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While he says homeowners are currently “eroded by extravagance,” Maddison insists architectural trends are slowly but surely moving in a more careful direction.

“It’s to step away from the glitz and glamor and seek meaning,” he said.

“All that is well considered. ”

Grand Designs Australia Season 9 airs on Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.

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