On a chilly Wednesday afternoon in July, two men are sitting in a wooded area in central Queensland.
They are trying to build the perfect home.
The two men, a man named Michael, and a woman named Zoe, are both former builders who have spent decades working in the industry.
But their project is different.
“The idea of this home was to be a simple, affordable house with a lot of features,” Zoe says.
“You could walk the dogs and play, and you could do the dishes and laundry and do all the things that make a home so special.”
A house like this was constructed with a small kitchen and living room.
The house was built on a 3.2 acre plot of land in Queensland’s far north Queensland.
The main difference between the two men is their backgrounds.
Michael, who is originally from New South Wales, is a licensed engineer.
Zoe is a builder.
“I’m very happy with the project,” Michael says.
He says his first job in the construction industry was as a mechanical engineer in the 1990s.
“We did all sorts of engineering work for the army.
I’ve worked for various government departments in Queensland.”
But the work wasn’t the only job he did in his spare time.
“My parents had to go and work in Australia every week.
My dad went from the military to work in construction,” he says.
In 2000, Zoe married Michael, whom she says was a great friend and that he was always there for her when she was in the hospital.
“Michael was a very laid back guy, he was an incredible builder,” Zoe said.
“He had the same interests as I do in construction.
He wanted to make things.”
The couple started their first house together in the mid-1990s and, despite living in different parts of Queensland, they built the house together.
Zoe says her father’s engineering skills are still useful today.
“When you build something that you love, it takes time to put everything together,” she said.
Zoe and her husband moved to Queensland in 2013 after spending two years living in Australia.
They had the first home they bought in Queensland.
“Our first home was in Queensland and we built it with all of our love for Australia,” Zoe explains.
“It was like a family project.”
They bought the home in October 2018.
“Everything we built was done with love and passion and we loved it,” Zoe adds.
“This home is our dream house.”
Zoe and Michael bought the property in the remote area of Brisbane’s North Queensland, just south of the city of Townsville.
Zoe has lived in Townsville for three years, but the couple has not built a home on the property.
Zoe said the project has been a life-long dream for both of them.
“If we had built it ourselves we would never have got the opportunity to live here,” Zoe tells News.au.
“But we got lucky, we got the chance to live in Towns and build it.”
The pair spent a lot time planning the project.
“To be able to do this is so incredible and so amazing,” Zoe shares.
“There’s a lot more to it than just a simple house.”
The family plans to build two houses on the land.
“One is a small house,” Zoe explained.
“And then the other one is going to be bigger, but we’re not quite sure yet.”
Both the smaller house and the larger one are likely to have smaller bedrooms.
“Each house will have its own little bedroom,” Zoe suggests.
“That will be our little bedroom and that will be a lot bigger.”
The two houses will be built from the ground up, Zoe says, and it will take them time to build all the different pieces of the house.
“Once we’re done we’re going to put it all together,” Zoe added.
“So you’re not going to have to leave your house for months.”
The men will be paid for their work.
“As much as we would love to have everything finished and be paid in full, the time that we’ve been given to do the construction has been amazing,” Michael explains.
The couple’s dream house has already been completed.
The first house they built together is now their primary residence.
“For the past few years we’ve done all of the work,” Zoe continued.
Michael said he was very excited about the new home. “
All of the furniture has been put together.”
Michael said he was very excited about the new home.
“Getting the house built was so amazing and a dream come true,” he said.