BUILDING THEIR DREAMS
You are never too young, or too old, to build a home of your own, as is the case for two first time builders taking the leap in Caboolture. With 66 years difference in age, Sophie Abel, 18, and Wendy Riekstins, 84, will soon be neighbours at Peet’s Riverbank community. Both women independently took the leap to build a home of their own, on their own.
Mrs Riekstins said she decided to build new after the maintenance on her three-bedroom family home had become too much for her.
“I stayed on for four years and tried to maintain the property on my own without (husband) Dainis, but it was just too hard,” she said.
“Cutting down trees and working from 6am to late at night was no life.”
Mrs Riekstins said she considered relocating to Melbourne to be with four of her five children, but didn’t like the idea of moving away from friends and losing her independence.
“One day I visited my foster daughter who lives here in Riverbank,” she said.
“I looked at her new home and decided this was exactly what I wanted.
“The layout was just right, the block was small enough for me to mow and there are lots of children and dogs in the area.
Having only just turned 18, Ms Abel, will move into her new house by the end of
With help from her grandparents and uncle, who already lives at Riverbank, the teenager has set herself up for the future with the help of some trust money from her father.
“It has been an amazing experience,” she said. “My grandparents were keen for me to do something with my money and my uncle and his family love living in Riverbank. We looked at the other estates but I didn’t like them as much.
“Riverbank is beautiful, with walkways, a dog park and very convenient with the shopping centre and railway close by. Choosing colours and fittings was fun … and one of the hardest three hours of my life.”
First home builders at Peet’s Riverbank, Caboolture South, Wendy Riekstins, 84, with her dog Daisi and Sophie Abel, 18 (right), are proof you’re never to old, or too young, to build your first home.