Age No Barrier
For Peter and Denise Reardon, retirement isn’t just a time for putting your feet up. The couple, who are both in their 70s, built their own Paal home, managing the entire project and participating in the construction.
The Reardons had sold their sheep and cattle farm and decided to move into town. They wanted a home that would be both comfortable and practical.
After a lot of research, they decided on the Camden from Paal Kit Homes.
“We went to see the show home at Emu Plains,” explains Peter. “When we were about three quarters of the way through it, we both looked at each other and knew that the design and the layout were just what we wanted.”
At 13 metres wide, the Camden is the perfect shape for their deep, narrow block in the iconic rural town of Gundagai.
Having worked as farmers, Peter and Denise wanted a carefree lifestyle in their retirement. This meant a single-level home with modern fixtures and conveniences, simple to maintain, and easy to ‘lock and go’ if they wished to travel.
They also wanted a home that was family-friendly. The Camden has an expansive living area that opens onto a verandah, ideal for those times when the whole family gets together, such as special anniversaries, birthdays and Christmas. The couple have seven grown children and their spouses, plus 17 grandchildren.
By adding an ensuite to the far corner bedroom, Peter and Denise created a haven for Denise’s 95-year old mother when she comes to stay.
Peter employed a local builder to help assemble the home and organise the trades. He is full of praise for the support he received from Paal.
“Every now and again little challenges would crop up and the Paal staff helped us through those. Knowing we had that back-up was excellent,” he says.
“We’ve had lots of compliments about the completed home from people who have driven past. We’re happy living here too, and that’s the most important thing.”