Series 4 Episode 10
10PM Tue 24 June 2014

Self-confessed hippies Cole and Jane have bought a thin sliver of land on a steep site that only a landscaper could love in the hilly suburb of Dynnyrne in Hobart.

After years spent landscaping sites for other people's homes, Cole wants 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 levels down the hill requires five separate concrete slabs, but pouring them is the only job done by professional contractors on site. For the most part, this entirely curved building will be constructed by just three people, none of whom have ever built a house before.

Joining Cole in the 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 even means coming up with his own system for a curved staircase. The whole thing might be one big, expressive statement, but the irony is that it takes a huge amount of work for this house to appear so fluid and natural.

Their ambitious time frame and budget are in danger of blowing out and, with no two curves the same in this house, it's a true labour of love.

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    1. Grand Designs Australia: Peter Maddison Tue 24 Jun 2014 Series 4 Episode 10 22 hours left

      Self-confessed hippies Cole and Jane have bought a thin sliver of land on a steep site that only a landscaper could…

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Peter Maddison presents the Australian version of the architecture show that follows intrepid individuals as they try to design and construct the home of their dreams

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