Words Angie White / Photos Carolina Gonzalez
Palettes of crisp white, navy stripe and a kitchen any cook would dream about are all features of the gorgeous outback farmhouse the Mudford family have tastefully renovated and now call home.
When Darren and Katie Mudford moved to their new property “Trowell Creek” near Hermidale, 75 kilometres west of Nyngan, they immediately fell in love with the red earth and embracing community, but not so much with the house that became their new home. “I’ll never forget the first night we spent in our ‘new’ house which was tiny and run-down with one bedroom. It was a windy night and the doors of the various out-houses rattled and banged as we were wide-eyed and terrified in our new surroundings” Katie said.
“The first thing we did the next morning was take all of the doors off the hinges! It was a great adventure as we had no hot water, no air-conditioning and no television. We got the hot water working as the summer cooled off, the air conditioner came the following summer after a scorching two weeks of 8 months pregnant and 46 degrees and the television eventually followed after almost three years.”
With the almost impossible task of getting trades people to travel for a reasonable cost, the pair decided on purchasing a transportable six bedroom home and within a short five-month time frame the Mudfords had moved in, a month before their second child was due, considering this their now ‘forever home’. In 2012 an adjoining property “Urunda” came up for sale and the family, after a cursory glance at the house, decided to purchase it for the value of its land and soil more so than the house that was on the property. With the original plan of giving the house a lick of paint and a new flat pack kitchen for farm employees to live in.
“After settlement when I finally had a good look around, I realised that the house was in very poor condition” Katie said, “but could see what a beautiful home it once was. With an in-ground pool and being almost 10km closer to town we decided we would renovate the house for us to move into. To save on costs, Darren decided he would do all of the renovations with the help of our employees. The further the renovations progressed the more we discovered needed doing. We had opened up a big can of worms.”