Nicola Trotman | 28 November 2012

People in Barossa Valley glass houses on Grand Designs

People in Barossa Valley glass houses on Grand Designs

This week’s episode of Grand Designs Australia features a glass house in the Barossa Valley South Australia.

James and Helen build a 60-metre-long, one-room-wide house that is virtually all glass in the hope of capturing the Barossa Valley views.

The house follows the contour of the hill, a 2.5-metre step down over five separate levels.

At the top of hill, there are four north-facing bedrooms, which are all accessed off a continuous ramp corridor that runs down the side of the house.

This corridor flows into a large living and kitchen area, with a sunken lounge at the end of the house.

One continuous roof plane will run along the entire roof.

An existing 130,000-litre water tank will provide the property with all its water needs.

Grand Designs host Peter Maddison says the simple design and double-glazed windows offer the property lightness and transparency.

The Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing region and tourist destination in South Australia.

It is 60 kilometres northeast of Adelaide and has an approximate population of 20,0000 people.

Last week's episode featured a house in Annandale that was built on a small empty allotment overshadowed by two large buildings either side, one heritage listed.

The Barossa Valley Glass House episode will air on the Lifestyle channel on November 29 at 8.30pm.

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