Grand Designs Australia

Episode Guide

Dynyrnne Curved House

Series 4 · Episode 10

Self confessed hippies Cole and Jane Bradshaw bought a thin sliver of land on an exceptionally steep site only a landscaper could love, in the hilly suburb of Dynnyrne in Hobart …… a place they chose as much for the tight knit community it sits in, as for the location itself.

After years landscaping sites for other people’s homes, Cole’s dream is to build his own house on this challenging slope – a task made all the more tricky by the fact that his design consists almost entirely of curves.

Cascading the levels down the hill will require 5 separate concrete slabs, but pouring them will be the only time professional contractors will be on site because for the most part, this entirely curved building will be constructed by just 3 people…..none of whom have ever built a house before.

Joining Cole in his building adventure is son Leif and his friend Freddy who are both apprentice builders and up for the job – but attempting such a complex house using what is essentially unskilled labour is an incredibly optimistic approach. Cole has to find a solution for everything which means even coming up with his own system for a curved staircase. 

When fabricated steel arrives, hopefully to fit snuggly against Cole’s hand carved timber curves, the whole project could come undone….but this is a team devoted to conquering curves as they chip away at making square shapes fit into round rooms.

The whole thing might be one big expressive statement but the irony is that it takes a lot more work for this house to appear so fluid and natural as their ambitious time frame and budget blows out. And with no two curves the same in this house….….this is a true labour of love. 


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