"I want a house for a car. I want to be able to see my car as I walk around the home."
Cherise Collins has had a passion for cars since she was 15 and to date has bought and sold over 160! When she was briefing her architect she said she would prefer to be out driving than gardening. And she didn't want doors in the house.
As Architect Damian Campagnaro says, "I've had all sorts of unusual requests from owners, but this is the first time I'd been asked for a house to be built around a car!"
These are not the only unusual aspects for the house design. The site Cherise had chosen, with sweeping views across the plain to the sea, was on a very steep block of land in the Adelaide hills. She contacted builders but they just drove past and didn't stop because the location was just so steep.
One day, by chance, she bumped into Damian at a coffee shop and told him about the block. He checked it out that same day and came back with: "All you need is a brave bobcat driver and I know one!"
So began a partnership between owner and architect/builder which created not only a stunning design with a room for a car, but also covered all aspects of the build and interior decoration, right down to the paintings - painted by Damian.