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Yellingbo Artist's House

Series 2 · Episode 8

Art teacher and sculptor Laurie Smith and his wife Renee Hoareau, a trained artist turned web designer, are both zealous art lovers; so joy of joys when, after years of searching they found the ideal block to create their ‘sculpture in space’. It’s almost as if this picturesque piece of Victoria, with its red alluvial soil, was designed especially for their new dream home. Their vision is to create a sort of domestic gallery that will inspire both inside and out. A modernist cube shaped construction of steel, stone and glass that celebrates and pays tribute to some identifiable artistic references. This will be a place to live, work, create and display their extensive art collection in equal measure. Inspiration comes from many sources – for example the 25 metre long stone facade with its tricky curved window is reminiscent of a well known state gallery. But handing over artistic license to a construction team is a big ask especially after an oversight at one of the first jobs on site, the concrete pour. It’s an early reality check that tests their ability to let go and trust. Will they manage to go with the flow and end up with the art house they so desperately crave?

  • Reminders Record
    4 December: 6:30pm on Lifestyle Channel
  • Yellingbo Artists' House Supplier List

    from Grand Designs Australia

    Check out the list of suppliers from Ep 8 of Grand Designs Australia Series 2 - a 'sculpture in space' in the town of Yellinngbo, Victoria.

  • Yellingbo Artist's House - Before & After

    from Grand Designs Australia

    Art teacher and sculptor Laurie Smith and his wife Renee Hoareau, a trained artist turned web designer, are both zealous art lovers; so joy of joys when, after years of searching they found the ideal block to create their ‘sculpture in space’. It’s almost as if this picturesque piece of Victoria, with its red alluvial soil, was designed especially for their new dream home. Their vision is to create a sort of domestic gallery that will inspire both inside and out.

 
 

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Posted by Natalie671Report
Hi Renee
I love your house - absolutely gorgeous! I've often thought that living in an art gallery like space would be fun and you've achieved that. Anyway, my question to you is which gallery were you wandering around in at the beginning of the programme?
Thanks very much
Natalie
Posted by Renee39Report
Thankyou Natalie, The gallery at the beginning of the show was Tarrawarra Art Museum. http://twma.com.au/
It was the largest privately owned art museum before MONA in Tasmania. regards Renee
Posted by Jomana2Report
congratulations on a beautiful house. can you please tell me what stone you used and where it was sourced?
Posted by Renee39Report
Hi Jomana2, the stone which was used was Mount Angus Stone. It comes from a open quarry in Maffra. The stone varies from white, grey, beiges to purple. One place enquire about purchasing the stone is http://www.mtangusstone.com.au/ regards Renee
Posted by Report
DEAR RENNE
I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN WORK TOP CAN YOU TELL US WHO SUPPLIED THE WORK TOP MATERIAL AND WHAT IS IT GRANITE OR A COMPOSITE ?
ENJOY YOUR HOME, THOUGHT THE FLOORING IS GREAT TOO
REGARDS ALEX T
Posted by Renee39Report
Hi Alex, apologies for the late reply. The granite was sourced from Peraway Marble in Thomastown. http://www.perawaymarble.com.au/
They were very helpful in sourcing the stone after we waited too long for the initial interest and didn't purchase. It definately is not a composite but a fantastic process of nature.
We are enjoying the floor as well, easy to clean and maintain and still look good. regards Renee
Posted by Report
I am so delighted that you have now moved in and can fully enjoy your masterpiece. Thank you for making me feel I was part of the journey of its creation. I am also so pleased to have discovered this page.
Posted by Renee39Report
Hi Irena, great to hear that you came along with our journey on the build of our new home. kind regards Renee
Posted by Report
Hi Renee , stonework superb by my master stonemason brother, so proud of him. I love the whole house
Posted by Renee39Report
Dear Ann, I think the master stonemason should be very proud of his creation and has an appreciative sister:-)