Builder tells his five KIDS to draw designs of their dream home and then he turns it into a stunning reality – with a pool, spa ensuite and cinema
- A seven-bedroom, three-bathroom mansion in Fig Tree Pocket, Queensland, has been put on the market
- The owners Julie Donaghey and Brett Shepherd asked their children to sketch out their dream home
- This included a games room, theatre and a place to store computers that weren’t in the bedrooms
- The five boys are older and have moved out of the house, hence why they have decided to sell the property
A couple asked their five sons to sketch their dream house on a sheet of paper before making it into a reality, complete with a games room, theatre and place to store computers so they were outside of the bedroom.
Julie Donaghey and her builder husband Brett Shepherd purchased a vacant block of land at Fig Tree Pocket, Queensland, and asked their family to design it in 2008.
‘We gave each of the children a piece of paper and said, okay, let’s design something to suit all of us,’ Mrs Donaghey told realestate.com.au.
‘Everyone took ownership on the build because everyone had their input.’
A couple asked their five sons to sketch their dream house on a sheet of paper before making it into a reality, complete with a games room, theatre and place to store computers so they were outside of the bedroom
Julie Donaghey and her builder husband Brett Shepherd purchased a vacant block of land at Fig Tree Pocket, Queensland, and asked their family to design it in 2008 – and this is what they came up with
Both Mr and Mrs Donaghey wanted an adult area in the downstairs region to relax in while their sons played in the spacious upstairs area, which they were able to achieve by mapping out exactly what materials they needed on paper.
The upper level features the master bedroom with a balcony that overlooks the Brisbane River in all its serenity, a spa, rumpus room, study and three other children’s bedrooms.
‘The upstairs parent retreat is really lovely, we really wanted a space where we could get away by ourselves and you can just shut the doors and that end of the house is great for down time,’ Mrs Donaghey said.
The kitchen can fit most of their family at an island bench and has two dishwashers in it for extra help cleaning
The games room (pictured) features a TV and all of their gadgets that can be connected to it
Meanwhile the cinema (pictured) is incredible relaxed with a leather lounge inside of it for easy viewing
It’s spacious but every inch serves a purpose and fits the relaxed lifestyle they lived by the water.
On the lower level there is a triple garage, kitchen and family room, media room and two more bedrooms.
But the grand proportions of the interior are nothing on the idyllic poolside entertaining area that exists in the garden.
The master bedroom (pictured) as a balcony attached to it and is a prime example of modern design
There is a spa in the master ensuite that also looks out over the Brisbane River and feature marble counter tops
An 80,000 litre heated pool with a fountain exists as the centrepiece with landscaped grass and florals surrounding it.
Sadly the five boys have grown up in the decade since the house was built and they have all but moved out of home, meaning the family no longer need such a sizable build.
And while they will miss the peaceful tranquility the area affords they have listed the property for sale and offers over $2.35million are being invited.