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  1. Win! Tickets to Grand Designs Live Show

    Grand Designs Live Show, Oct 2013, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Watching other people build the home of their dreams is something of an obsession for many people, who like me, get a kick out of these overly-ambitious projects that inevitably run over-time and over-budget. We can attempt to dream, just like them, as they stand in their hard hats in the middle of a field on a drizzly Dorset day, attempting to combine the roles of builder, architect and project manager.

    But then Kevin McCloud wanders into shot and scratches his head over a pile of blueprints, asking them the questions we all want to know (basically, have they completely lost their minds). Grand Designs is addictive telly, and it’s all the more fun and relevant when you’re renovating or building your own home, and you can relate to the middle-age folk quietly despairing over a pile of (locally reclaimed) bricks.

    Kevin McCloud at last year's Grand Designs Live Show.

    Kevin McCloud at last year’s Grand Designs Live Show. Photography courtesy of Grand Designs Live.

    This weekend in Sydney, Kevin is fronting the annual Grand Designs Live Home Show, along with a bunch of Australia’s best design experts, offering a wealth of inspiration and practical advice on how to take your home build, renovation or makeover to the next level. There is a focus on small spaces this year, which is reassuring when you don’t actually own a muddy field in the middle of Dorset to realise your own design dreams.

    At this year’s show at the Sydney Exhibition Centre on Glebe Island Sydney, you can:
    * meet over 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services;
    * see your favourite TV celebrity experts including Kevin McCloud, host of Grand Designs and Peter Maddison, host of Grand Designs Australia;
    * attend free talks from industry experts and one-on-one advice sessions;
    * shop for unique products from top local designers; and
    * find solutions and tips for your projects on the Grand Theatre, Designs Stage and Sustainability Stage.

    Shaynna Blaze at last year's Grand Designs Live Show. Photography courtesy of Grand Designs Live.

    Shaynna Blaze at last year’s Grand Designs Live Show. Photography courtesy of Grand Designs Live.

    Grand Designs Live Show.

    Meet over 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Photography courtesy of Grand Designs Live.

    Grand Designs Live Show.

    Consult a design expert in a one-on-one free consultation. Photography courtesy of Grand Designs Live.

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    UPDATE 23 OCTOBER 2014: THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.

    I’ve got 10 double passes to give away to the Sydney show this weekend!

    All you need to do is tell me about your own grand vision for your own space – big or small – in the comments section below. Make sure you leave your email address in the relevant box so I can contact you. Hop to it as you need to enter today!

    Winners will be selected and notified tomorrow (Thursday 23 October) at 9am AEST.

    Grand Designs LIVE 2014
    Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island
    James Craig Road,
    Rozelle NSW 2039

    Friday 24 October 10am – 6pm
    Saturday 25 October 10am – 6pm
    Sunday 26 October 10am – 5pm

    • http://www.maxabellaloves.com.au Maxabella

      I have GRAND plans but I haven’t made a move for years… finding the time to plan and get started is my biggest reno hurdle. But I’m getting more and more motivated and 2015 is going to be the year it all comes together. I cannot wait. New kitchen, 3 x bathrooms and two extra bedrooms upstairs. Lovely. x

      • weebirdy

        Sounds exciting, Maxabella! Now you can make those Pinterest boards a reality! And congrats, you’ve won a double pass!

    • Emma George

      Paint and landscaping! Then I’m done. For now

      • weebirdy

        Sounds like a plan. Did you know that you can book in for a free one-on-one consultation
        with an architect or landscape designer at the show? Head over the website and
        check it out.

        And congrats, you’ve won a double pass!

    • Christine

      I have so many Grand Plans, firstly a bathroom renovation and then the kitchen, followed by a lovely landscape design.

      • weebirdy

        You’ve got quite the to-do list, Christine! Did you know that you can book in for a free one-on-one consultation
        with an architect or designer at the show? Head over the website and
        check it out.

        And congrats, you’ve won a double pass!

    • christinekt

      I have all kinds of grand plans – getting pictures framed and hung is the first!

      • weebirdy

        That’s a good place to start, Christine.

        Congrats, you’ve won a double-pass to the show! Please email me your postal address asap. X

    • Georgenard

      Landscaping beside the bush. I need ideas to keep the wildlife out.

      • weebirdy

        Congrats, you’ve won a double pass to the show!

        Did you know that you can book in for a free one-on-one consultation
        with a landscape designer at the show? Head over the website and
        check it out.

    • Sally

      With property prices the way they are we’ve decided to make the most of our not-so-grand space. We’ve completed our 1st stage: decluttering, now on to make the most of our square footage by designing the heck out of it. We’re looking for ideas …. something between Sarah Susanka’s “Not So Big House” and the cosy interior of a luxury yacht …. with an Arts & Crafts influence.

      • weebirdy

        Oh my goodness, now that’s what I call a vision! I love your specific references – with a pinch of Arts & Crafts. Congrats, you’ve won a double pass!

        Did you know that you can book in for a free one-on-one consultation
        with an architect or designer at the show? Head over the website and
        check it out. And congrats, you’ve won a double pass!

    • Liesl Biles

      My husband and I sold our home last week. We have purchased our new home and look to turn a small red brick home that was with the same family since the 70’s into a modern contemporary home. We need inspiration for bathrooms, kitchen, living, balconies, windows, flooring, landscaping and for the pool so basically everything. I am very excited about this project, I am one of those people that watches every renovation show and buy magazines for inspiration. I need help and inspiration to achieve and turn something around to create something wonderful and bring new life into our new home!

      • weebirdy

        Thanks for your comment, Liesl – and congrats, you’ve won a double pass to the show. Could you please email me your postal address asap? I’ve sent you an email so check your inbox!

        Sounds like you’re going to get loads of inspiration from Grand Designs Live. Did you know that you can book in for a free one-on-one consultation
        with an architect or designer at the show? Head over the website and
        check it out.

    • Kate

      Am I too late? Grand plans to makeover our empty fireplace with birch logs have been so far been thwarted by total absence of said logs in the Sydney area. Alternative suggestions welcome!

      • weebirdy

        Not too late – congrats, you’ve won a double pass!

        Birch logs would look lovely, but there’s no reason why you can’t use an alternative timber. Just about anything looks great piled up – just make sure the ends of the logs line up and fill the entire space. Did you know that you can book in for a free one-on-one consultation
        with an architect or designer at the show? Head over the website and
        check it out.

    • Vanda

      Finishing our renos is my grand plan!!! We have quite a bit of joinery to put in and need inspiration for that and artwork, which makes such a difference. Would love to go to the event to get some ideas!

      • weebirdy

        I can completely relate, Vanda. Did you know that you can book in for a free one-on-one consultation with an architect or designer at the show? Head over the website and check it out. And congrats, you’ve won a double pass!