A LIFE-CHANG­ING BUILD

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When young, Rachael loved to sketch house plans and al­ways had an in­ter­est in ar­chi­tec­ture. But the ex­pe­ri­ence of de­sign­ing and build­ing her own home ig­nited a pas­sion for con­struc­tion and was a real turn­ing point. While con­tin­u­ing to run her mu­sic school, Rachael started to buy, ren­o­vate and sell old houses. “Peo­ple showed in­ter­est in my work and I quickly re­alised con­struc­tion was an in­dus­try where women could re­ally ex­cel.” So she took the plunge and fol­lowed her dream, launch­ing into con­struc­tion. She’s spent the last few years hon­ing her skills and ac­quir­ing the nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and now has a fully li­censed con­struc­tion com­pany, Front Porch Prop­er­ties, which de­signs, builds and ren­o­vates fam­ily homes.

“I try to cre­ate an ex­pen­sive look – on a very small bud­get!”

Wall­pa­per looks just like tim­ber pan­elling and sub­way tiles add a quirky edge.

Open shelves keep wash­day es­sen­tials handy.

DE­TAIL Warm hues Nat­u­rally non-slip traver­tine tiles are a good choice for bath­rooms. Van­ity and shower rail from Early Set­tler.

BATH­ROOM

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