Houses like Susie Kotiw’s are solely potential after a few years of labor, dedication, and love.
Regardless of showing as an genuine 1900s farmhouse, Susie and her late husband Charlie Kotiw started constructing this home in Axe Creek, Victoria (about 20 minutes from Bendigo) from scratch within the yr 2000.
They spent two preliminary years dwelling in a caravan whereas they designed and constructed the home utilizing mudbricks handmade on web site, and recycled supplies collected far and vast.
‘We sourced recycled and salvaged timbers, doorways, and home windows from throughout Victoria and South Australia,’ says Susie. ‘We wished to make use of the outdated supplies to provide the home a sense of timelessness.’
After transferring into the home, Susie and Charlie turned their consideration to the landscaping. They constructed a brand new dam instantly in entrance of the home (that features an island for birdlife); planted timber; and constructed an enormous dry stone wall alongside the driveway by hand.
‘I collected the stone on the property and he constructed the partitions slowly and painstakingly over a few years with love and persistence,’ says Susie.
Susie and Charlie later expanded their home to incorporate a second ground bed room, en suite, and further stairway. ‘We discovered extra outdated doorways and leadlights from an outdated home in Bendigo,’ says Susie. ‘Restricted funds have meant that a lot of what has been achieved has been via our labours.’
Charlie has now sadly handed away, however his spirit stays embedded within the partitions of the house. ‘I really feel like Charlie’s DNA is in each nook of this home and property and that it’s a lasting monument to his love, talent and onerous work,’ says Susie.
Susie continues to work onerous creating habitats for native wildlife on the property by encouraging a pure reclamation of native vegetation. The home can be dwelling to many pets: two horses, two canine, two cats, 18 geese, 13 guinea fowls, and 6 peacocks.
The animals, the home, and the land are Susie’s passions. Her favorite spot within the house is the upstairs vintage clawfoot bathtub, gazing via the home windows, earlier than falling into mattress.
She provides, ‘With persevering with efforts and obligations resulting in fairly a solitary existence, few others have been capable of respect the charming nature of this house. Those who have, remarked on its uniqueness and pure magnificence.’