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Starhaven Retreat was featured on Grand Designs Australia in Season 1 and aired on 16 Dec 2010

Starhaven Retreat [ a grand design ]


Before Starhaven Retreat became an award winning bed & breakfast on the Bellarine Peninsula, Ian McDonald and Robert Wilhelm built this home as a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. The construction of the retreat was followed and filmed over 15 months for the inaugural season of Grand Designs Australia.


This is how Grand Designs Australia describes the episode:


"Their build is a Grand Design in its most literal sense. A glass box with a roof like floating wings overlooking Port Phillip Bay on the Bellarine Peninsula – seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, cinema, games room, glass lift, glass panelled pool area, rooftop garden – all the bells and whistles, all the boy’s toys. With a construction budget of $1.8 million, the question is will they burst the budget banks and by how much?"

Below are the original video diary of the construction phase, the walkthrough after completion, the Video CAD drawing and the original photos of the first photo shoot.

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