Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Family and Sentiment Inspires a Home

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Family and Sentiment Inspires a Home

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Byline: Toni Somes

SOME people search their whole life for a sense of belonging; others like Marg and Glenn Hentschel have always known their place.

The couple grew up on neighbouring farms in the Mount Marshall area, east of Warwick, and fell in love half a lifetime ago.

Today they are grandparents, who somewhat remarkably have lived within 10 minutes of the Allora Hospital, where they were both born, their entire lives.

Their close connection with community has also been inherited by their children, Tim, Ross and Greta, who shifted away and travelled only to find themselves lured back to their Southern Downs hometown.

aI love having my children and grandchildren around me,a Mrs Hentschel explained.

Family being close also made the next step, or more accurately a dream move and easy decision for the couple. For 25 years they had lived on a hill overlooking the township; theyad run their fuel supply business from their home, raised their children and created a tranquil garden.

aWead also thought about building, we had 40 acres and Iad found a picture of my dream home,a Mrs Hentschel said.

Yet it wasnat until a separate block further down the hill and directly below their family home came on the market that her husband was convinced.

aIt was a beautiful 80ac block and when it was listed for sale, I knew thatas where we should build,a Mr Hentschel explained.

So they bought and built a shed on the new adjoining block and then put their home on the market and waited for a sale.

aWe took 19 months to sell our house and then fortunately it was bought by some really lovely people, because I get very attached to places and it was difficult to leave,a Mrs Hentschel said.

From there they moved into a caravan parked in their new shed and set about building their dream home.

Inspired by a photograph in a magazine she contacted the kit home company responsible, talked modifications and then their design was under way.

aWe had two semi-trailer loads of stuff turned up one morning and they unloaded them and it looked like a jigsaw someone had just thrown together,a Mr Hentschel said.

Fortunately their partner in construction, local builder Ritchie Kyle wasnat as daunted.

aRitchie did a great job and although we had some design challenges, like putting the ensuite upstairs we worked through it,a Mr Hentschel said.

For nine months a through winter wrapped in blankets and watching television in the shed a they lived in the caravan on site.

aIt wasnat that bad, thought the blokes we have working for us often asked how I worked with Glenn all day at the office and then lived with him after hours in a caravan,a Mrs Hentschel joked.

On a more serious note her mantra was simple.

aI wanted a house with a timeless feel, classic in a way which would never date. …

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