How to choose an acreage home design

Acreage living is fast becoming a popular choice for people looking for more space and a laid-back lifestyle. And it doesn’t have to be expensive, as many aspiring homeowners are discovering.

Acreage offers unique lifestyle benefits

Often surrounded by beautiful scenery, bushland and breathtaking views, acreage homeowners enjoy a level of privacy, peace and space that simply can’t be duplicated in the suburbs. In most cases, excellent schools, shops, cafes and other amenities aren’t far away, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Many acreage owners fully embrace the extra space by creating beautiful gardens, building a chook pen or a stable for horses, or even cultivating a vegetable patch – the list of options really is endless.

How to make the most of an acreage home design

The beauty of building on acreage is that you’re not limited by space, so it’s important to choose a builder who can help you build a home that will make the most of the extra space, views and orientation while providing a layout that delivers modern acreage living, designed to suit your family’s lifestyle.

Unlike more compact homes designed for smaller blocks, acreage homes have the luxury of sprawling open plan living all on one level, giving you the freedom to consider features such as a grand entrance, multiple living areas, or a spacious family kitchen complete with a walk-in butler’s pantry.

Most of all, acreage living is all about integrating your home design with the beautiful surroundings. The perfect way to create a seamless connection to the outdoors is with a generous alfresco area, the perfect spot for relaxing with family and friends.

Orientation & views

One of the major advantages of building on acreage is the ability to choose the best possible orientation for your home. Consider which rooms need to be protected from the hot summer sun, and which rooms would benefit from the low winter sun. Ideally, the living areas should face north. You may also want to position your home so your alfresco area is sheltered from the wind, but still allows cool breezes to flow through the house in summer. Finally, think carefully about the views you can capture from your new home. Ask your builder to help you establish the perfect orientation that makes the most of scenic views while maximising energy efficiency and comfort.

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