Welcome to Bonnie’s Farm house – you will find a mix of :-
DIY home decor, up-cycle decor and budget makeovers!
My love for gumtree and ebay finds
Our home is a kit which I custom designed, we owner built
BONNIES FARM HOUSE SHOP!
Hi, I’m Alicia not Bonnie , maybe I should have called my account Alicia’s Farm house – if you follow me on my Instagram you will know what I mean by that @bonniesfarmhouse.
We are a young family living a dream we always had with our daughter Bonnie! (Bonniesfarmhouse) this is our story….
We sold our suburban home and moved in with my parents, that started our adventure of Owner building.
I have always had a passion for designing homes so when I was looking for our land I had two designs ready to go and costed up! In order to make our dream country life a reality we needed to build a kit home, I always thought kit homes were granny flats or basic looking homes but I decided to design my own and make it work for our budget!
I researched about 15 providers in Australia and America. I downloaded a software program, designed every room, window sizes, ceiling heights, gable roof degree and so on, I know every measurements of our house!
We’re registered Owner builders – for our build we sub contracted all trades, submitted all permits and organised all documentation, provided all materials to site/ trades to cut out the mark up they put on materials! We also designed our kitchen, LDRY and wet areas – we built and installed those areas while I was 7 months pregnant!
When we started our build we were both working full time. On day one of the first dig for our foundation I was 12 weeks pregnant! Hubby is an electrician so that saved us a lot of money, we had to connect our mains which was 120 meters away and I project managed the build – team work! I booked each trade back to back and every trade knew of the finish date! We built our 56 sq home in 4 months, if this was a custom build it would have taken 9/10 months. We also saved 50% of the total build cost.
We moved in about 3 months before I gave birth- We had no money after our build, a brand new baby and I wasn’t working. I went back to work and I have been slowly decorating our home ever since. I have always had a passion for Interior design and making my own furniture. I love to decorate on a budget, pick up road side finds, clearance items and DIY builds.
All the above is why I started up my instagram account, blog and also changed my career path! Life is too short not to try your dreams- I hope you enjoy our journey.️I cant wait to share 2019 at Bonnies farm house with you all! Thank you for the ongoing support.