Grand Designs Australia

Episode Guide

Torrens Park Modern Mansion

Series 4 · Episode 3

Hotels have always played a major part in Richard and Denise Jones’ lives. They own 14 of them and have spent the last 23 years building and renovating them so it’s no surprise that when it came to designing their new house, their inspiration would come from the buildings already close to their heart.

Theirs is a prime location high up in the Adelaide hills with its sweeping views across the city and gulf…a site precariously positioned on a steep ledge that means they’ll have to rebuild the entire hillside to support their very big house. There’ll be enough concrete for 6 typical houses, over 400 cubic metres  - all needed to ensure this house doesn’t slip down the hill. And this WILL be a very big house with all the bells and whistles – an enclosed swimming pool, home theatre, a decadent elliptical bathroom protruding  from the vast 150 square metres of master suite …and of course, endless views that will be framed by 6 metre high dark glass.

In order to secure their vision, Richard and Denise have chosen the team that’s built hotels for them in the past. But as works progress, it’s clear that this building on the hill is of super sized proportions with massive steel formwork, giant trusses and one enormous column weighing in at 1 tonne.
The lower level offers the first sign of human scale with the ceiling height a mere 3 metres .......even if they haven’t decided exactly what’s going in it. The internal spaces are SO large that fit out decisions are constantly changing but Denise and Richard will stop at nothing to get exactly what they want. The question is…how much is too much?

Kilometres of cables will feed the state of the art  ‘everything’ in this almost fully automatic house….and an experimental ensuite shower room created from curved glass is on their list. But Richard and Denise’s shower is pushing the boundaries even further – in what is an Australian first. Their curved glass will be switchable!

This is a design driven by creating a sense of wonder  - a touch of theatre ....the question of how it all works is figured out later. Just how they will stylistically tie all these enormous open areas together will either make or break this massive house on the hill.


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Posted by Simon620Report
Could I please have your credit card details sir? Oh *** you live here don't you. Stick to hotels! Love Grand Designs, but that is just vulgarity.