When it comes to building your dream acreage home, you’re likely to face a number of challenges. Perhaps the biggest of these (at least at the design stage) is that there are just too many options to choose from.
Acreage home design with a view
For example, you want to make the most of the view, but your block (like so many acreage blocks in southeast Queensland) might offer fantastic views in ALL directions. Do you build your home to overlook the tall gums to the West or the rainforest to the North? Or go with a house design that overlooks the valley to the South or the ocean view to the East?
Practical planning essential
Another house design challenge arises when your best view is to the west or the south, but the ideal position for your outdoor living area is on the northeast.
In order to have the best of both worlds, you must take a practical approach to your home design. Practical planning, in which you prioritise all the best elements of your block, will help you and your builders create a home that takes maximum advantage of the benefits your land has to offer.
Elements to consider when designing your home
Design for acreage living needs to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. This means there is plenty to consider. For example, how will the design accommodate effective water collection? Where will it allow for the placement of solar power panels?
The great outdoors
In keeping with our Australian culture of outdoor living and our love of entertaining, the main focus of your house design should be creating an outdoor living area that works for you in all seasons. A good residential architect will focus on your outdoor living area and design the rest of your home around that.
The comforts of an acreage home
Indoors, the design should incorporate high ceilings, and plenty of natural light. Not to mention getting the full benefit of surrounding vistas.
A well thought out design that captures summer breezes might mean that you rarely need to air condition your acreage home. However, when the driving rain comes in from the south you’ll be glad of a house design that gives you option to control unwelcome wind and weather.
With the right approach you can take in all the best views and have an outdoor area and spacious home that compliments the many great features of your land.
Acreage Home Designs
Do you dream of having your own rural retreat?
Enough land to enjoy peace and tranquillity and a buffer between you and the ever encroaching world?
As a leading rural home builder, Civic Steel Homes can make your dream a reality by creating a spacious new home on your country estate designed to tick all of your personal space requirements with fewer design compromises than those in the inner city.
From a building point of view, large blocks usually have fewer challenges than dealing with tight, narrow suburban blocks.
This allows our custom acreage home architects more freedom through the design stage.
However, be aware that there may be quite a few additional costs associated with building on acreage blocks that residential blocks don’t have.
For example, you may need additional power, usually 3-phase for the length of the run.
You might also have to consider the costs of longer access driveways, additional sewerage treatment plant costs, plus water tanks and water harvesting costs.
Your acreage home may even need higher wind ratings for frames and windows.
On top of the costs, Australian country style homes may be compromised by the fact that project builders have few, if any standard designs for acreage.
An acreage home builder that thinks outside the box
The approach for rural house designs or acreage home designs often requires out-of-the-box solutions for capturing the wide panoramic views and prevailing breezes normally associated with country home designs.
Civic Steel Homes understand that great acreage house designs require the building to have a considered relationship to the land and different requirements to built up areas.
We will factor in aspects such as water conservation, attention to correct orientation and details such as bushfire requirements and waste treatment.
We will also make the most of the fact that there are no boundary restrictions, relaxations from close neighbours or restrictive covenants, and far less privacy issues than normal blocks.
To build a home on acreage requires far less compromise on efficient design, so we will be able to have more zones of the house in the desired northern aspect.
Importantly, there will be plenty of room for storage, a factor often overlooked or severely compromised in suburban homes.
Talk to Civic Steel Homes today about some of the most distinctive acreage house plans Australia has seen, and for some great tips on building a totally sustainable acreage home design, particularly in Queensland, read this blog article.
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