The Block fan favourites Kerrie and Spence reveal they’re building a lavish new ‘forever home’ that is completely off-grid in rural Victoria
The Block couple Kerrie Charter and Spence Thomson have gone completely off-grid and away from civilisation to build their ‘forever home’.
Kerrie and Spence, who competed on the 2018 season of The Block, are building their property on 120 acres of remote land in rural Victoria.
The location and design of the home means the reality TV couple will not incur any electricity, water or gas bills in their new lifestyle.
Away from civilisation: Former The Block couple go off-grid in and build their ‘forever home’ in rural Victoria with no electricity, water or gas bills
‘This is our own slice of heaven,’ Ms Charter told A Current Affair reporter Martin King during a tour of the property, which her partner described as the ‘next big thing’.
Mr Thomson works as a carpenter by trade and told King that he’s been building for 30 years.
‘We’ve built before, we’ve built quite a lot before. I’ve been building for 30 something years, but we’ve never built off-grid,’ he said.
‘This is our own slice of heaven’: The reality TV couple, who competed on the 2018 season of The Block, are building their ‘forever home’ on 120 acres of remote land in rural Victoria
‘We’ve never been on this size land. We’ve never collected our own rainwater and harvested power from the sun. It’s quite exciting.’
The property features solar panels on the rooftops and three-phase solar inverters, held in a battery room, to power the home.
It’s estimated the couple are saving up to $10,000 a year on utility bills.
Savings: The property features solar panels and three-phase solar inverters for power and collects rainwater for water supply. It’s estimated the couple are saving up to $10,000 a year on utility bills
Kerrie and Spence’s new home is located in the rural town of Mia Mia, 120 kilometres north of Melbourne in central Victoria, which they moved to from their previous home in the Barossa Valley earlier this year.
The reality TV couple explained their main motivation to go off-grid and build their ‘freedom home’ came down to economic and environmental reasons.
‘We will never get utility bills again, and we’re doing our bit for the environment,’ Kerrie said.
The pair also revealed they they have a ‘greener vision’ for their home as they plan to plant 5000 trees across the surrounding property.
‘We will never get utility bills again, and we’re doing our bit for the environment’: The couple built the ‘freedom home’ for economic and environmental reasons. They revealed they have a plan to plant 5000 trees across the surrounding property