The Bendigo Farmhouse
A Rural Life
When we had Walter I had a longing to locate back to my home, Bendigo Station, as I wanted to give him a taste of the life I had growing up.
I had such a wonderful upbringing at Bendigo and have so many fond memories of farm life and the wide open spaces.
After the first lockdown we decided it was time to make the move and started planning our new house build. It seems incredible that between this first lockdown and this current lockdown we have built a house!!!
When we started the design process I had a firm vision of what I wanted the house to look like. I knew I wanted a modern country farmhouse vibe so I made sure that when I made any design decisions that it had to fit within this theme.
It's amazing when you have a theme how much easier it is.
We have started with a smaller gabled pavilion styled house as this is stage one of a bigger build. In saying that we are all loving living in a more confined space - less cleaning and easier living, although let's just see how we go getting through this lockdown!
Brass, black, stone, marble and wood was the cornerstone of my design decisions. We went with American Oak for all of our wood finished, splashed out on an incredible steel door, brought in unlacquered brass handles and pulls from America and made the scary decision to use real marble throughout.
Building is certainly a stressful process especially in the world we are now living, (and with a two year old), but I did enjoy the process and everything turned out just how I envisioned. Of course there are things I would do differently but thats just part of the process and it's been an amazing learning experience.
We love our new life, the wide open spaces and the comfort of knowing I am back home.