DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
YOU’VE forked out more than $3 million for your block of land at Brighton. How much are you going to spend on your house? $160? I don’t know how much a five-person tent goes for these days. Plus it’s Easter, you’re going to pay more right now.
Just kidding. If anyone put a tent up on a piece of land in Brighton, the military would get called in. You know how sometimes on Grand Designs the family lives in a caravan while its dream home is being built? The Mckimms aren’t that family.
I got confused for a second when I saw the rental they’re staying in. It’s so beautiful I thought it must be their finished project and I’d gone to sleep and missed the entire show.
Nick’s a builder; he and Anna have three kids and this is the seventh house they’ve done to live in themselves.
Not only is Nick the builder here, he’s also the designer, project manager and client.
He’s managing eight other building sites as well. ‘‘ I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about what I have to do,’’ Nick says.
He does have a worried look
Architect: Peter Maddison about him. You would, though. He’s also built six other homes in the street he and Anna are about to move into, he tells Peter Maddison, the host of Grand Designs Australia. But this is Nick’s first 1960s flatroofed modernist house.
There’s plenty to set the budget racing: tennis court, swimming pool, cantilevering and the tree growing in the middle of it.
It’s an interesting project, plenty of money, but I feel as if there are a few gaps.
Some things just seem to happen. Suddenly Peter Maddison’s walking up the footpath and knocking on their door. I don’t know if it’s the house he expected to find either. Grand Designs Australia Lifestyle, 8.30pm