building design

Imagine  Collaborate  Create


New dwellings

Additions and alterations

Tenancy fit-outs

Unit developments


An early passion for design with growing up in a building industry family led Nicole to a committed career as an architectural building designer.

Graduating in 1997 then spending 10 years working with architects and designers in Melbourne on all types of projects from affordable housing to high concept retail stores, Nicole gained a vast experience in most areas of architecture.

In 2007, Nicole started her own practice, McBain Design in Abbotsford with a focus on unit development and new dwelling design within urban and greenfields settings.

By 2011, the country called for a change and Nicole relocated to the Kyneton area. Since then she has engaged with her local community with a renewed passion for design that is both country and contemporary but foremost expressing the dreams of her clients.

What My Clients Say

and I listen

Nicole approaches each project uniquely based on its merits with consideration of the owners design brief. She then offers design ideas that are site specific which many other designers do not.

She is definitely not a “cut and paste” or “ones size fits all” designer. I have continually been impressed with her designing to the highest, most up to date building and environmental standards.
George, Strathmore

Nicole fitted our scope perfectly as she was happy to work within budget constraints, provide back-up advice and support to us as owner/builders, and undertake the necessary drawings for planning and permits.

One of Nicole’s strengths is her extensive knowledge of the building process. Having grown up around builders and tradies, this exposure proved invaluable when seeking guidance on building variations during the construction of our build. Nicole is very much at home on a building site and comfortable working alongside and communicating with experienced builders and building teams. She thinks on her feet and was able to resolve problems quickly and creatively saving us time and money. Nicole was willing to meet us on weekends and at short notice. We have a particular memory of her onsite helping us with final measurements on one of the coldest days in Kyneton! She was always up for the challenge. We are very happy with the way our home turned out and appreciated Nicole’s guidance, expertise and support along the way.
Elizabeth & Alex, Kyneton

This was the first time we’ve taken on a home renovation and thought we had settled on a design option that would work best for us. Nicole presented us with an alternative plan which we never would have envisioned ourselves but which turned out to be perfect for us.

We were very impressed with Nicole’s work ethic, attention to detail and her ability to engage us in all aspects of the renovation process. Nicole is a quality building designer and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking to renovate.
Loren & Tim, Kyneton

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