“I tried to build it as good as I could,” Mr Donaldson said of the sprawling two level homestead with over 500sq m of internal space, not including the five patios and drying area.“I think it stood the test of time very well.”Bathrooms have been renovated to prepare the property for sale and new kitchen appliances have been installed.“There’s not one part of this house that is not my favourite,” Mr Donaldson said from the airconditioned media room.The internal courtyards, one between the entrance and dining room, and the other between the main bathroom and media room serve a practical and aesthetic purpose. THERE ARE 13 HOUSES FOR SALE IN GUMDALE. CHECK THEM OUT HERE. This indoor green room is a breath of fresh air.The building is oriented to the north with the bedrooms and kitchen all making use of the cooler aspect.It’s a house that architect Desmond Donaldson and his wife Jill will find difficult to leave but with their son and grandchildren living away, it is time to move closer. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The dining room has access to an internal courtyard.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 Loaded with extra features like internal courtyards and lofts in the bedroom is 55 Archer St, Gumdale.THERE is architectural excellence and a few quirky twists in this 25-year-old homestead on one hectare that is on the market for the first time.In the quirky corner, 55 Archer St, Gumdale has internal courtyards filled with rainforest plants, lofts in three bedrooms, an attic above the library, and a roaring open fireplace with raked ceilings. Helping to clean the air, internal courtyards filled with tropical plants form an integral part of this architect-designed house.“My wife and I are nature lovers and the plants in the courtyards look after themselves, you just make sure they have enough water,” he said.The greenery helps to oxygenate the house, and allows for the internal bathroom to open out to a green room. Fraser Evans of RE/MAX Results will open 55 Archer St, Gumdale for inspection on Saturday, February 9 from 2pm-2.30pm.The design excellence is captured by glass walls and tiles that blend with a colour palette of crisp whites and warm creams.