Discover tips from the experts behind the The Foxground Pavilion from episode 4, season 5 of Grand Designs Australia.
After 30 years as a civil engineer, Joe Cato has built more roads than the Romans. But a few years ago he and wife Maura made the active decision to slow everything down - to sell their successful construction business, and spend more time with their three children.
It was a decision partly driven by chance find of a house and land at Foxground, near Kiama on the NSW South Coast…. 80 acres that included their very own rainforest.
The only problem was, Joe discovered that slowing down wasn’t really for him, and it didn’t take long for them to hatch a plan to turn Foxground into their permanent home.
So with a strong agenda to tread as lightly on the planet as possible, they choose to live completely off grid and to build out of a material known for its low embodied energy and natural ability to preserve heat – Rammed Earth.