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I welcome you to follow our next large personal project, Farinelli. The name comes from the art house film, Farinelli Il Castrato, that was released in 1995 and won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes.

A story of the famous Broschi brothers set in the 1700’s in Europe, it is the imagery and music from this story that has inspired us to dream of recreating a home and garden that reflects the design and architecture of this period. The soundtrack is still on my daily playlist 25 years on.

The dream is alive.

We recently purchased the adjoining acerage property (after four years of negotiations) to ours which consists of 10 acres of overgrown paddocks and a 1920’s cottage in disrepair. Although not pretty or welcoming at present, it provides the footprint to allow the dream to begin.

I have spent countless hours walking the property at all times of the day and night to embrace its rawness and potential while listening to the birds. The property has a 150 metres of boundary line that adjoins a large nature reserve that separates the suburbs from the creek and estery that runs into the seaside suburb of Manly here in Brisbane. The nature reserve is council managed and features kilometres of maintained walking tracks, dams and picnic areas.

The back section of the block is a wonderfull rectangle area that allows a 300 metre driveway to set the scene. We started works only four weeks ago, the day after settlement. To date we have attended to the following to allow us to tenant the property and start the slow process of beautification. We intend to relocate the existing cottage in a few years time so we have been mindful of the budget and really have focused on achieving a habitable space in the interim.

1- new mains water lines
2- new power and switchboard
3- new lighting and fans
4- new appliances to kitchen
5- new bathroom
5- new laundry
6- new aircon
7- replacement of broken glazing
8- new fencing and gates
9- new concrete under the cottage
10- shipping container storage
11- new gravel to immediate driveway
12- 70 tones of waste removal

To be certain this will not be an overnight project with our current adjoining property ‘Dorset’ nearing completion 7 years into extensive renovation and garden construction. It will be all the more exciting by being our largest personal project to date. 

Daunting yes indeed, but dreams are meant to be big and not entirely digestible on conception but rather something you learn to swallow over time.