Built in the style of a Victorian farmhouse, this wooden cabin was designed to look out over the grassland of Graceland, New South Wales, in the country’s Northern Territory.
The family’s home, a five-bedroom mansion, sits in a paddock and was built on land donated by the Aboriginal Land Council.
“This is our first house, but we hope to build more, and eventually one that will be a community asset,” said Ms Taiga.
“We’re all family here, we’re all people, and we want to share it with the community.”
Ms Taigo, a teacher and mother of three, said she built the cabin after learning she had two children, aged six and nine, who would benefit from a more sheltered lifestyle.
“I thought it would be a really good idea to put something like that in their community, and I thought it was really important,” she said.
The cabin’s first occupant, Ms Taiaigas eldest son, was born with a condition that made him difficult to care for, but his mother managed to get him a job as a labourer at a small construction site.
After two years, the family had enough cash to build a home with their two-year-old son, who was soon adopted by a family in the Territory.
They decided to put the house on the market for a profit.
“It’s a bit of a gamble because we don’t have a lot of money, and it’s really hard to put a lot into it,” Ms Taigan said.
“But we’ve done it, and the house has sold for $1.7 million.”
The family plans to sell the home for about $500,000, which includes a $2,500 deposit.
“The whole idea was to sell this as a community resource, so that the community can come and spend some money here and spend that money on the property,” Ms Giga said.
With a budget of about $2 million, she and her husband built the house using traditional techniques including mud bricks, clay bricks, and sandstone.
They spent about $60,000 on the house, which was constructed on a site donated by Aboriginal Land Services.
The house sits on a private paddock, where Ms Taigas children, two sons and a daughter, can be seen playing, and is surrounded by trees, a bush, and a grassland.
“These are the basics,” Ms Maiaiga said of the cabin.
“If we have to build anything else, then we have a bit more time to put in.”
The cabin is expected to sell for $500K in the next two years.
“In a short time we’ve seen the community come and take a look at it, so it’s very much a community building project,” Ms Gaiga said, noting the site was “a really good site”.
“It was a great opportunity to see what it’s like in a family, and so we’re hoping to have some more community members come in and have a look.”