How to Choose an Acreage Home Design

14 September 2020

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

“When you look at the acreage blocks you can get in areas like Jimboomba, the Lockyer Valley, Caboolture, Greenbank and even the coastal hinterland compared to what you get closer to the city, it really is fantastic value for money,” explains Hallmark Homes’ Director Anthony Gilbertson. “We have built superb homes on acreage blocks in all of these areas, and believe Hallmark offer the best value acreage home per square metre.”

Acreage offers unique lifestyle benefits

Often surrounded by beautiful scenery, bushland and breathtaking views, acreage home owners 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 — a beautifully designed home on a large spacious block with convenient access to all the amenities you need. Additionally, 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 is endless when you choose to build your dream home on acreage.

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 an experienced acreage 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 walk-in butler’s pantry.

Most of all, big block living is all about integrating your acreage home design with the beautiful natural 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. With a wide selection of open plan acreage home designs featuring spacious alfresco spaces and designed with modern lifestyles in mind, you’re sure to find the perfect house plan for your acreage block in the Hallmark Homes range.

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. Before bringing your acreage home design to life, ask your builder to help you establish the perfect orientation that makes the most of scenic views, while maximising energy efficiency and comfort.

Plan for the future

When positioning your new home on the block, it’s important to consider your future plans for features such as outdoor play areas, sheds, pools, tennis courts, sprinkler systems and the like. An experienced acreage builder will always look for this information to ensure that the onsite sewerage facility is located in a spot that won’t impact on future amenities. A lack of planning can result in compromises and extra costs. No one wants to downsize their shed or spend thousands more on subsurface irrigation, just because they didn’t think ahead.

Practical points to consider

Some acreage properties don’t have immediate access to services and may be located in high wind or bushfire zones. So make sure you ask the builders you are considering if they are experienced with these special requirements that are just too important to overlook. This experience is a prominent reason why it’s important to work with builders specialising in acreage homes when building on a large block, especially in semi-rural locations.

Access to services

Firstly, you need to know whether your acreage block has access to power, water and sewerage, and if you need to arrange connection. If you have to extend power a long way from the road or organise installation, it’s important to budget for these costs. Secondly, if your site doesn’t have a sewerage system, you may need to allow for a septic tank.

Bushfire zones & wind ratings

If you’re building on acreage in a registered Bushfire Prone Area (BPA), your build will require special management and build specifications. You may have to use specific fireproofing materials such as fire-rated glass, metal and timbers. Also, if your acreage property is positioned high on a ridge or in an exposed area, your home will be subject to a higher wind rating, which means it will require additional engineering.

Beautiful home designs that won’t break the budget

With over 38 years’ experience, Hallmark Homes are your trusted acreage home builder in South East Queensland. Offering a fabulous selection of stylish facades and thoughtful floorplans for you to choose from, Hallmark’s acreage home designs offer the perfect combination of quality, value and style. Starting at just $160,990 for a spacious four bedroom home with two bathrooms, multiple living spaces and a two car garage, why not check them out today, either online or in person?

Acreage display homes near Brisbane

Whether you’re building on an acreage block or the suburbs, it’s always wise to visit a display home before choosing your home builder. Hallmark Homes has stylish acreage homes on display near Brisbane – including the Retreat 305 and the Retreat 353.

One of our most spacious four bedroom homes, the Retreat 353 is perfect for growing families. The oversized master suite features a generous walk-in robe and luxurious ensuite with its own bath – a private sanctuary tucked away in a separate wing. The open plan kitchen flows onto the dining and family room, with a spacious alfresco for effortless indoor/outdoor living. Starting from just $276,995, you can take a virtual tour of the Retreat 353 to experience the design and build quality of this beautiful home!

The popular Retreat 305 features four large bedrooms, a study, a separate media room and a huge kitchen/living area. The impressive master suite boasts a beautifully appointed ensuite and large walk-in robe. Starting at just $216,990, you can take a virtual tour of the Retreat 305 from the comfort of your sofa and experience the spacious open plan design that’s perfect for big block lifestyles wherever you choose to build in South East Queensland.

If these acreage display homes aren’t quite what you’re looking for, our sales consultants can talk you through our extensive range of acreage home plans. We’re confident you’ll find a home design that suits your lifestyle, your budget and your block!

Contact Hallmark Homes today!

If you’re thinking of building a new home on an acreage block in South East Queensland, the friendly team at Hallmark Homes is ready to help you with your home building journey. If you have any questions about our acreage home designs, house and land packages or our experience building on acreage blocks, please contact us today.

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