DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Thursday -

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

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