Discover tips from the experts behind the Kuitpo House House from episode 5, season 6 of Grand Designs Australia.
Having spent the last few years living and working abroad, Cate an Opera Singer and partner Silicon Valley IT guru, Nick Foskett have put their high powered careers on hold to forge a new life as winemakers and build a new home on their 150 acre property in the Adelaide Hills.
A couple of romantics, they want it not only to be a working farmhouse producing their own wine but a luxurious space where their shared passions can play out.
With design demands that are poles apart, their solution revolves around a mutual love of curves. Their design is a gentle leaf shaped building split in half by one long natural stone spine carving through the middle. Throw in a two storey song tower where Cate can rehearse, a raft of rooms that provide the very latest in entertainment and automated wizardry for Nick, a cavernous cellar for their home grown produce and a house that runs by remote control and all bases are well and truly covered.
It’s all very romantic but digging 10 meters into the ground in the middle of the night to escape scorching summer temperatures of 40 degrees to create their subterranean cellar and fitting kilometres of curved steel together to form the complex framework , is a lot less amorous.
Undaunted by their architect’s poetic vision, they persevere with triangular rooms and a mighty, sandstone wall made from tonnes of rock dug out of the gaping hole that will be their cellar.
Recycling their own rock seems to be the only cost saving in this ambitious enterprise. The rest of the design requires bespoke treatment: from curved windows, to curved walls, to curved ceilings and the biggest curve of all – the roof.
As the build drags on, Cate and Nick notice that not everyone shares their passion for voluptuous curves - in fact Nick’s eagle eye detects corners being cut and one crucial curve appears to have gone missing, much to his horror.
The thing is, Nick and Cate didn’t embark on this course to get an ordinary house. They want the extraordinary….and settling for anything less is simply not on the program!