About the Modern Rustic team

We are Piet and Vickie Baxter, the husband and wife team behind Modern Rustic. We set out with a simple vision for this company, to build inspiringly different homes that reflect the uniqueness of our clients.

“Piet is one of the most hard working and driven people I have ever met. He has been building here in Cairns and around Australia for the past 20 years, so he’s amassed a vast knowledge and understanding of the industry! I have ideas, and then before I know it, all the heavy lifting is done and he’s realised my vision. I’m very lucky to have such a handy hubby! We returned to Cairns together to be near family and pursue our dreams doing a job we love, not to mention going camping, fishing and exploring in this amazing place we call home.”

Piet and Vickie Baxter — Modern Rustic in Cairns

“Vickie has a scientific degree, has run a zoo, is one of a handful of women qualified in rope access and non destructive testing, has worked on oil rigs around the world, and has traveled extensively. She is strong and independent with the warmest heart and her artistic vision and concepts are unique and have been drawn from her many life experiences. She will work with you to turn your ideas into a ‘feeling’ that will flow through your home.”

As a couple, we perfectly complement one another’s passions. Combined, we offer a unique skill set and a very down to earth attitude and approach to all the work we undertake. This results in refreshingly designed, individualistic projects that bring a sense of home and comfort.

We are different, and our clients are different.

We offer a build that truly represents a client’s unique aesthetic and embraces their lifestyle, so if you want the same new builds that you see in every suburb, then we’re probably not the company for you. We only undertake a limited number of select projects annually, allowing us the time and personal focus necessary to clearly understand our client’s needs, ensuring that the build is stress-free, with no nasty surprises.

At Modern Rustic, we encourage you to find materials that can be reclaimed or given an entirely new use. Who says that beautiful weathered decking boards can’t be spruced up to make a stunning feature wall? It is exactly the use of these items that will give your home warmth and character.

As Greensmart professionals, we consider construction materials and the orientation of a home. We make the most of the prevailing winds, natural shade and minimising solar gain, resulting in increased energy efficiency and decreased energy bills. For those who are really green, we can discuss how to take you off-grid.

We encourage an initial chat, a meeting, and you’ll know if we are the right people for you. Contact us today for more information.