In his quest to explore what makes a residence truly special, the presenter and author, who has penned 17 titles in the realm of architecture and design, finds himself journeying to WA from his home in Melbourne once a month to scout out more locations for the series, from the palatial and the ostentatious to the contemporary and the cutting edge.
"When you go inside it's breathtaking, not only because it's an amazing house to walk through but when you get down to the finer details, every little thing has been considered. It has three kitchens - you've got the hidden kitchen where you can make mess away from your guests, then there's the public kitchen which is a bit of a show-off kitchen, and then there's the outdoor kitchen."
In juxtaposition to the sleek modernity of the first house, the second Dalkeith property showcased in the episode steps back in time with its grand, opulent finishings and what Takle calls a "Buckingham Palace-style bedroom fit for royalty".
"From the moment you walk in the door it's almost like you'd expect somebody to take your jacket from you, you'd expect to wear a suit because there's that real sense of occasion to the space," Takle reflects.