The house the Kapushis hope to build is virtually all underground
A Huddersfield couple is enduring a nail-biting wait before discovering if their plan to build an underground house has been given the go-ahead.
Neil and Jilly Kapushi want to build a house into the side of a hill near their existing home in Upper Heaton.
The plan means building on green belt land, but the couple say the house will be almost impossible to see.
Jilly said: "It's going to be quite private, and it will be quite a contemporary dwelling."
Dream come true
Currently living in their traditional Yorkshire stone farmhouse, Jilly said if the plans were accepted by Kirklees Council then it would be a dream come true.
She said: "We have always wanted to build our own house. It's been a dream since I was at art college.
"We have the land to do it so we have just tried to pursue the dream."
Kevin Drayton, a partner at architects One 17 Design in Huddersfield, said the plans for an underground house were certainly very exciting.
He explained: "What we are trying to do with the building is to sink it down into this area of grass.
"Outside you will simply look straight over it. You will see the existing buildings around it.
If the plans were given the go-ahead then Neil Kapushi would be in charge of the project.
He said the budget for the couple's underground house was a closely-guarded secret.
He admitted: "It's down to what we intend to do, what specification everything is going to be."
"It's really all down to how much the kitchen costs. You can get one for £1,000 and you can get one for £10,000."
With strict limits on what can be built on green belt land, it is still unclear whether the Kapushis' underground dream will come true.
Architect Kevin Drayton said he thought they stood a good chance.
The architect's plans show the house actually built into the hillside
He said: "It is green belt, but if you look around you will see that we are actually surrounded by other buildings.
"It is not as if we are in the middle of absolutely nowhere."
And Jilly said she and Neil were just nervous about the result of their application.
She said: "We have two more weeks to wait to see what the outcome is.
"Everything is in the air at the moment. We are all on tenterhooks."