Burnt Timber Pavilion

What are your three favourite things in your home and why are they special to you?

Tina: The veggie garden and the courtyard for obvious reasons, the spaces and what they symbolise, but the sunken lounge, for me, with the bookcase and the fireplace, it's just the cozyness of being in there.

Shane: I don't have one yet... Um, the scullery! The cheapest and most simple place in the whole house and we just hang in there... The courtyard by the kitchen, Tina's mum's courtyard actually, it's simple, you can stand out there and you can see the house through, around, the view, see the garden... yeah, it's a really sort of comforting place to hang out.

What's your top tip for people wanting to build their own Grand Design?

Tina: Shane would probably say "Don't do it!"... Do your homework, be prepared - what it's going to involve emotionally... don't just think about the budget, people always think moneywise what it's going to mean; I think you need to be prepared for the emotional side of the build.

And the top tip from me, every so often, take a step back. Take a step back and breathe, if you need to walk away from it for a couple of days or something, do it.

Shane: Involve as few people as possible, in all seriousness. Do as high quality as you can afford in terms of materials - and if you want something, do it. Don't compromise 'cause you'll regret it; and don't do things just 'cause they look fancy, just choose the materials that you want to touch and feel and live in for a long time. 

Your build's complete now, what's next? Do you have any new projects lined up?

Shane: We, yeah, we um, nah! The business has got projects coming up... while we've been doing this we've been cutting things out and stopping doing things we were planning on doing to focus on finishing this... and to simplify our lives because I need a break from big projects.

But we want to, there's a paddock down here, a sheep paddock, about two acres in the bush and we want to cut a track through and build a house, a sort of getaway house for the kids. 

Tina: A kids' retreat.