Grand Designs Australia

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Barossa Valley Glass House

Series 3 · Episode 7

James & Helen plan to capture breathtaking Barossa views in their elegant new home. 60 metres long, 1 room wide and virtually all glass, it looks straightforward on paper. The complicated part is building it.

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    24 October: 3:30pm on Lifestyle

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Posted by Report
HI Rebecca & other viewers,
Although we were lucky enough to have a $1m budget which was stretched 10% more, many of you might like to know a similar concept could be achieved for much less. If it wasn’t for the fact we felt our site justified that budget our house could have been built for less by cutting out some higher end finishes and architectural detail included for aesthetics.
During the design documentation phase we were lucky enough to visit another similar linear house Max designed which was owner build with a budget less that $300k. In fact Max’s own house is a linear glass box which he built more than 23 years ago.
Therefore, if you like the linear concept, which works really well with a North orientation, don’t think that you need to spend a bomb, just find a architect who will sensibly design to your budget.
Thanks again for all your comments & well wishes. James & Helen
Posted by Report
Just wondering what their budget was seemed to be missing from this episode. But def my fab episode !
Posted by Report
How refreshing to see a hardworking, normal couple build their dream home. Congrats to you both, my fave in this series
Posted by Heather395Report
the country side turning 'auburn' ?........Brown ? (Dictionary, red-brown, russet)
a ploughed paddock, the soil may be brown but the summer grass, the stubble of a harvested crop are metaphorically golden.
Look ..... in all honesty we are having great trouble with the presenters poor choice of descriptive words, terms.....the whole box and dice. He makes soem descriptive statements that do not make sense, draw a questionable picture.......he is FAR from being a Kevin McLeod....very very far.
Posted by dandkaReport
Lovely house. Could you please tell me if the front door is a pivot door or just a large conventional hinged door? And is it a two pack paint finish?
Posted by Report
Hi Kate, due to bushfire building code regulations the front door had to be hinged as it is not possible to fit a screen door on a pivot-door. Size is 920mm x 2400mm, all our internal doors are also 2400mm high which I highly recommend. Not two-pack, just a high gloss hand painted finish.
Posted by Ben265Report
I just love the layout of the house and the efficiency of space they use for all rooms. A very nice feel to it and what an incredible open living area to enjoy the lovely view.
Posted by Yves2Report
Hi James & Helen, great work with this house, it looks fantastic!

I really like the clean roof lines & the way it captures the amazing views.

I was wondering if you could tell me why you decided to install both hydronic & electric floor heating (as stated in the suppliers list) in the house?

I'm really interested to know your thoughts on each system so far in terms of efficiency, running cost vs purchase cost etc?

Also which heat source does your hydronic system use?


Posted by Report
Where did you get the barn door style hardware from?
Posted by Report
Where did you get the barn style door hardware from?