Series 3 Episode 8
10PM Tue 15 April 2014

Brunella loves concrete - the way it looks and the way it feels - so it's her first choice of material for her new home.

Building on a sensitive ridgeline overlooking Queensland's glorious Glass House Mountains means she's facing a heap of building regulations, severe winds and termites, and is in a high-risk bushfire zone.

To compound things further, this is the first time Brunella has ever built a house and she's intent on being hands-on, so she's project managing her Brutalist-inspired construction.

While her husband Carlo looks after the cash, she takes on a build of epic proportions featuring a monolithic, 50-metre-long-by-six-metre-high concrete wall, all poured in situ.

It's a complex undertaking for an experienced builder, let alone a novice, so securing contractors is a struggle.

Undeterred, this first-time owner-builder gathers her team, but when her architect returns to New Zealand she's left to make vital design decisions alone, and interiors are not her strength.

Will her concrete castle be a brilliant Brutalist adaptation or a cold, austere building more representative of a factory than a home?

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Peter Maddison presents the Australian version of the architecture show that follows intrepid individuals as they try to design and construct the home of their dreams

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