Sally and Dan O’Brien know better than most the rigours of farming and so trying to fit in planning to build a new family home and cope with all the other demands like shearing and harvest season was no small feat.
The Grange modular farmhouse
Nevertheless, the Mid West couple are now the proud owners of a brand-new Grange farm homestead albeit with some customisation to meet their unique needs both now and into the future.
Deciding factors including a faster construction process
Sally explains that (somehow in the midst of everything else) the project started with a heap of online research, which identified the Grange design offered by TR Homes as hitting the mark in terms of what they were seeking.
“We also spoke to people who had built with TR Homes as there are a lot in our area between Dongara and Mingenew including a business associate who had a 12-year-old modified Grange that still looked fantastic,” Sally said.
One critical concern in looking to build a home at the time was the trail of carnage, especially the destruction of many homes, after Cyclone Seroja swept through the Mid West.
“We knew there were delays in getting local builders to do an onsite construction in our area and that a modular builder would make the process faster and less expensive, which was another deciding factor.”
Sally and Dan’s ensuite bathroom with impactful floor tiles (before caulking).
Design modifications to suit the family
The need to prepare for the future was also central to Sally’s thoughts with their eldest son in Year 12 and the likelihood that, while for the immediate few years, the Grange was larger than required, in coming years things might change.
“The home is for my husband and I and our eldest son when he is not at boarding school, but we know it needs to accommodate our needs into the future including grandchildren one day and perhaps our children taking over the farm,” she said.
“We modified the home so one bedroom is an office that has an external door and is accessible from the verandah.”
Their floorplan with some modifications to suit their farming business and future family needs.
As for moving in, running the farm was always going to need to come first.
“We have to deal with shearing followed by harvest but we will get into that house come hell or high water!”