Grand Designs Australia

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Warburton Arch House

Series 3 · Episode 4

Tyrone & Hailey follow the advice of a feng shui expert or 'energy ecologist' throughout construction of their new house. An owner-built labour of love, their passive solar building has a curved living roof planted with native grasses.


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Posted by Hailey28Report
hello everyone. We have had a massive heatwave here in Melbourne, weeks of 40+ degree heat, for days on end., Our house has NO air conditioning just amazing insulation provided by the polysterene walls, 4tonnes of dirt on the roof and 4,500 plants. We also have an amazing fan. The temperature hit 26 degrees ONE NIGHT but its usually 21 degrees during the day. Its worth the investment!
Posted by Hailey28Report
Our feng shui master, a professor in his craft, doesn't really care how its pronounced, and I agree with him!
Posted by Donna55Report
In the middle of watching this show!! how many more times are you all going to say FUNG Shui when it should be FENG Shui?? and that goes for you Mr Presenter.
Posted by Report
Hi Ty and Hailey,

I presume you had someone helping you with the design of the house. Who were they and what role did they play in the process ?

Cheers, Michelle
Posted by Report
Hi Michelle
Yes we did have an architect to do the design. His name is Alvyn Williams from Soft Loud House. I am not bad at design but having a local architect like Alvyn who took the time to understand our needs,dreams,the environment and the relationship between all the elements that make up a great home was invaluable. Having lived in the house now I can look back at our original brief and tick off every item that was on it wheather it was a physical element , a functional or the feeling we wanted to capture.If you are thinking of building I can recomend him highly as he was a pleasure to work with.If you want to contact him or see some of his other houses here is his website
Cheers Tyrone
Posted by Report
Hailey and Tyrone. I have just had a better look at your beautiful home on website. It is simply gorgeous, you both have excellent taste. Where did you source your industrial style sliding pantry doors? I have been looking every where for such a product. Congratulations on a beautiful home, you both look so happy. Kind regards Christine.
Posted by Report
Hi Christine
I designed and made the pantry doors and had some of the of the bits machined by my brother.I hated the idea of putting in bi fold doors which are a bit ugly and get in the way so I based the idea on the old style sliding barn doors.If you would like a bit more information you can contact me through my website Regards Tyrone
Posted by AmyReport
hi what did you use to build your walls? you were able to get them up really quickly.
Posted by Report
Hi Amy . We used polystyrene concrete forms by an Australian company called Formcraft .
They are 2 sheets of polystyrene held together by plastic connectors and stack on top of each other. Once the walls are stacked, reinforcing steel is put in and the walls are braced. Then it is just a matter of filling the walls with concrete. It's very fast and great insulation which help us get our 7.5 star energy rating.
Cheers Tyrone .
Posted by Soft Loud HouseReport
great show guys... and very impressive workmanship...!