Grand Designs New Zealand

Time Schedule

Mon 13:00 | Tue 17:00 | Thu 21:00 | Fri 09:00 | Sat 11:00 & 18:00 | Sun 15:00 & 22:00


Grand Designs New Zealand is back with popular host, Kiwi architect Chris Moller. Series 3 shares more stories of creative and enterprising New Zealanders who are taking on the challenge of building their own unique and inspirational homes.

Following the internationally successful Grand Designs format, the series follows the process of these incredible design projects, as well as the personal journeys of those building them – from the initial blueprints, through to the long and often arduous task of turning the plans into practical living spaces.

Using both modern and traditional building techniques and materials, Grand Designs New Zealand features houses with locations ranging from remote forests to the busy inner city, to private island escapes and tree canopy hideaways.

21-27 Sept: Episode 8

Music Box  – Auckland

Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper is an award winning musician and composer building a designer home with a built- in recording studio and a performance stage by his parent’s house in Auckland’s Pt Chevalier.

In defiance of common sense, he and his partner Mindy Pilbrow are also expecting their first child – whose bedroom will be only one room away from the recording studio.

But after four years getting resource consent and plans approved, they are well over budget before they even finish framing.

Next Mahuia’s juggling life as a new parent, working, and project managing the build.

Can he pull off a very complex dream – a professional studio and music space that’s also a soundproof home for his family – without losing his vision or blowing the budget entirely.