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Grand Designs NZ: Crazy, backbreaking DIY in a vineyard pays off

REVIEW: New Zealand is a nation of DIYers. We love stories about people who have built stuff themselves, and nothing is more impressive than building your own house from scratch.

But how many of us would actually take on a pioneering project while also running a business? This week’s Grand Designs NZ show follows a family doing just that: Roland and Lucienne van der Wal are building a house (with tasting room) beside a picturesque lake on their 20ha vineyard in Central Otago.

Roland wants to do all the schist walls himself (78 square metres), despite no experience. Their 26-year-old son Michael, who is a builder, comes down from Wellington to be the “main man”, but he has not yet built a complete house himself.

Roland and Lucienne van der Wal, and Frankie, look like they may have bitten off more than they can chew in this episode of Grand Designs NZ.

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Roland and Lucienne van der Wal, and Frankie, look like they may have bitten off more than they can chew in this episode of

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