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The Journey of building our forever home

The Journey of building our forever home

A Modern Farmhouse | House of the week

This weeks home tour is a gorgeous Modern Farmhouse that has touches of country and Hampton's style.  With four beautiful children and a gaggle of animals this home will make you want to move to the country and enjoy this enviable lifestyle!

Who lives here 

Ryan McDonald - Builder and Farmer
Rebecca McDonald - Stay at home Mum
Matilda  - 9 
Tommy  - 7
Annabel  - 5
Elsie - 3
Pets - too many to name all!
Snow flake - horse
Wrangler - horse
Tractor - Jack Russell
Dorothy - Blue Cattle dog
Pig - Kevin
Peacock- Pedro
Tiger Lilley - Cat
19 chooks 
9 Guinea fowl
Vegemite - goat
Ice cream - goat
Lots of Black Angus cattle

Style of home and location 

A modern farmhouse, a little coastal, a little country, a little Hampton's. I don't think it could be described as just one style. Our home is located 17km from the Queensland country town of Goondiwindi.

Timeline of build 

The build began in April 2016 and we moved in just before Christmas 2016. 

Tell us a little about your build journey

When we purchased the 5500acre property is was a blank canvas. There was no water, no electricity, no roads and no infrastructure. We realised a lot of work would be needed, however the property was a good size and only 17km from town. Therefore we knew we could have the best of both worlds - continue the farming side of things yet also have the luxury of going to town when needed. From the start we focused on creating a home that was easy to live in, with plenty of room for the family and able to accommodate visitors and guests effortlessly. We wanted the home to be practical and functional while taking into consideration where we are located.

What do you love about the Modern Farmhouse style and where did you find your inspiration for your beautiful home?

I love that the home is designed with zones and wings allowing areas to be closed off when not in us. It is incredibly spacious and the home's layout flows seamlessly throughout. We found a lot of inspiration from previous renovations we have undertaken and other projects Ryan has completed as a Builder for clients. I also found a lot of inspiration from magazines, pinterest and instagram.

Did you enjoy the process of building and designing your home? Any hiccups along the way or things you would do differently?

We love a project and we thoroughly enjoyed the process. Ryan being the builder makes its quite easy. The only part I didn't enjoy was not being on site regularly as I was living four hours away from Victoria Park during the build. 

With 4 beautiful children and lots of animals what are some key features that you included in your build to suit your family? 

Functionality plays a key role in our home, with additional areas built internally and externally to accommodate our lifestyle. For instance, entering from the garage into the laundry, a wet room has been constructed with four nooks - one for each child- for school bags, sports equipment and everyday items. A cold room has also been installed with double sided access from exterior and interior which allows for easy hanging of meat and also makes easy work of unloading cold items from the grocery shop. The addition of a craft room/school room is a favourite with the children. Plenty of fun measures have been put into place to keep the kids occupied, with a pool and guest house, fire pit, full size tennis court and footy posts. A large chook pen, stable, pig sty and animal enclosure has been constructed for the animals. 

Favourite room in your home?

My favourite room of the house is most probably the kitchen/dining and deck area.  This is where we love to gather with family and friends. With the addition of beer on tap, built in bbq and projector screen it is a very easy place to relax and entertain.

Tell us a little about staying at Victoria Park farm in your Airbnb guesthouse

We have recently listed our guesthouse on Airbnb.  The guest house consists of two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchenette and living areas. Our guests can make use of the pool, tennis court and firepit and can enjoy a night away in the country. To stay at this beautiful property see HERE


Instagram account    @victoriaparkfarm  and @ryanmcdonaldbuilding

Builder                        http://www.ryanmcdonaldbuilding.com.au

Photography               @elouise_photographer

Styling                        @lanacaves_styling

Enquiries relating to any items used in the house please contact Kate over on her Instagram @victoriaparkfarm

1 comment

  1. Wow! I absolutely LOVE this home! Rebecca you certainly have found the perfect balance between adding the colour with your decor and retaining the neutrality of the actual aesthetic. It has all the basic principles of Hamptons-coastal-country, and it all just works so very well. I just love it! I've been struggling with the whole neutrality of those styles, (for my own home), as I do like a splash of colour, and seeing how well you've done this is certainly inspiration. Thank you!

    I also love the dining table and outdoor table, and assume Ryan built these? Fabulous! Just totally perfectly in sync with everything you have going on. Could you tell me where you found that over-sized armchair with the 4 cushions on it? I saw a similar one in Ikea, but yours looks nicer - and the cushions are great! I'd love a post with links to what you have, as it is all just so lovely. That over-sized wreath! Oh! The gallery wall!

    Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful home, I'd love to know where you're doing your interior design course, Rebecca, as it's certainly paying off! I am definitely coming to stay at your B'n' B, too! It's on the list!
    Kind regards, Elisabeth.