Owners and husband/wife team Justin Lindsell and Helen McBeth wanted to fulfil a lifelong dream of owning a glass pavilion pole home in the picturesque town of Crafers in the Adelaide Hills. Little did they know that this would be the start of a 10 year journey and not only would their dream design dramatically change, but there would also be 2 new additions to the family, son Rex and daughter Mae.
Helen and Justin first approached architect Max Pritchard because they loved his philosophy of 'touching the earth lightly'. But it took 2 designs rejected by the council due to fire safety regulations before Max's concrete 'fire proof bunker' was finally approved.
"Instead of touching the earth lightly, we carved a massive hole in the side of the hill!" says owner Helen. But she states, "She's still a sexy beast!" referring to the lines of the fire proof bunker home curved out of concrete to follow the contours of the land.
This modest house has been designed with fire safety at the forefront including; a concrete roof with pebbles for insulation, fire proof metal roller screens that cover all windows and rainwater tanks for accessing water. The neighbours have already mentioned, "If there was a fire they will be a party at our house", Helen says. Internally, this is definitely a robust family home with exposed brick walls, concrete ceiling and floors which allow the children to play and ride around on their scooters without risk of damage to the surfaces.
Even though Helen and Justin wouldn't want to go through the long 10 year process again, they both agreed that it is the best family home for the life they are now living.