Grand Designs Australia

Season 4 Episode 5

Richmond Inner City

Aired Unknown Nov 07, 2013 on Foxtel
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Richmond Inner City
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Darren and Ruth have almost opposite views about what their new house should be. Darren wants all the bells and whistles, including a home cinema and wine cellar, but Ruth wants chickens and a vegetable garden. Finding a design that will satisfy both of them and their young son Raymond is their shared aim. After years of searching, sports fan Darren found his holy grail - a large patch of land within spitting distance of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Ruth is just as passionate because this unique inner-city block, just 3km from Melbourne's Central Business District, is large enough for a house with a garden. Hidden down a laneway with no street frontage, this secret garden will be transformed into a contemporary three-storey family mansion. But this is a very traditional area full of Victorian houses, so their vision has the potential to upset the neighbours - something they're keen to avoid. Building such a large home via a narrow bluestone alley is like threading a camel through the eye of a needle. As work begins, it becomes clear that excavating 400 square metres of soil for the basement will be a messy and noisy business. As the building goes up, so does their budget and when Ruth receives a $50,000 quote for a chicken shed, it seems her dream of the 'good life' in the inner city might just be a castle in the sky. Can Darren and Ruth achieve their individual aspirations, or will the compromise leave them both unsatisfied?moreless

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