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Dubbed ‘Mr Millimetre’ and ‘The
Professor’ for his microscopic vision and
astounding attention to detail, the precision
of modernism is perfect for Brendan.
“I don’t mind clients who have a good,
clear vision,” says Tim. “And if what they
want is on the same page as what you’d like to
achieve as an architect. He’s a delightful guy...
I remember we were moving into new offices
and he came in to help us paint the place.”
Painting walls was only the tip of the
iceberg – as owner-builder, Brendan’s hands
got a lot dirtier. “It was intensely supervised
and that’s why I built it myself,” he says. “I
took it to one builder, and he said, ‘Brendan,
I’ve got eight jobs on, and this would be the
equivalent to four or five of those houses’.”
Brendan’s decision to build it himself
was also driven by his strict budget. He
connected with trades, drawing up plans
and setting out and marking footings for the
bricklayers. Brendan can recount stories for
each brick, for every complex regulating
line. He lived it – and didn’t go over budget.
“It came right down to trades,” he says.
“Tradies are repositories of information.
If you’re an owner-builder, and you’re
struggling, these guys know a lot. I worked
hard at forming relationships and getting
loyalty. They were really delightful people.
I’d sit down and have smoko with the
bricklayers, and I’d always get my hands
dirty... and they liked that. I wasn’t just
coming in, giving instruction.”
While Brendan and Tanya have been
living with the reward of the build for the
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