Living on acreage – let the kids roam free

Building on acreage in Western Sydney

Building a home on acreage in the Western suburbs of Sydney is becoming increasingly popular as younger families are looking for a home with plenty of room for the kids to run around but yet want to be close to vital services and amenities. Families are making the big move looking for a place where they can enjoy those late summer afternoons with the smell of the BBQ wafting past, and sounds of music mixing with kids’ laughter in the air – without the tots and adults tripping over each other.

Yearning for a sense of space – whether it is having a kitchen to be able to move about in, or the kids finally getting a room of their own, families of all shapes and sizes are finding that Western Sydney provides what they are looking for.

Living on acreage with a spacious home provides a wonderful sense of freedom and could definitely be the right thing for your family’s next phase of life, but there are a few things to consider before buying your acreage, and starting the build. We specialise in building in Western Sydney and have a few tips to help you along in making the right choices for your family.

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Buying the land

When shopping around for your block of land – flatter is better. Go for a wander over the land and get a feel for it. Keep in mind the land needs to be quite wide rather than deep as acreage style homes have a wider frontage.

In many established suburban areas you can find older homes on large blocks that are suitable for a knock down rebuild, and in certain areas such as Silverdale and Luddenham you can purchase 1-5 acre blocks of newly released land. When deciding on the block of land for you, it is good to think about the maintenance and upkeep of blocks of a more substantial size and prepare yourself to take it on or to enlist the services of someone who will do it for you.

Do your homework

Take the time to do some homework on your preferred block of land. Note the bushfire ratings, or if the area is near a creek, if it has been marked as flood affected. Some larger blocks of land may have a building envelope – allowing you to only build on a certain portion of land. Having done your homework can save you a lot of money and heartache later on. If you are not sure where to start, talk with the local Council or your solicitor.

Check services to the block

Ask if the property you are interested in has services already connected – and how far onto the block. Adding and connecting electricity, gas, water and especially sewerage can make a seemingly reasonable block of land jump out of your budget if these haven’t been taken into consideration when calculating your costs. Are there amenities that you will need such as schools and shops within a reasonable distance? Driving the kids to school for over an hour each way every morning may not be your idea of a relaxed lifestyle.

Bigger water tanks and driveways can also often get forgotten in the budgeting phase when families are thinking of acreage.

Choosing your acreage house design

When you’re building a project home, you’ll find that there are a lot of different styles of floor plan available. Your options will often be narrowed down by the size of your land and your budget, but you’re likely to have a number of options that will suit your family. We have 3 acreage style home styles that we offer and each is popular with different kinds of families. Whether the kids are still crawling underfoot or have recently left the roost, we have a house design to suit the lifestyle you want to create.

For many younger families the house designs we offer with the master bedroom close the to the children’s rooms, such as the Aria 39 and the Eliana 41, are very popular. These designs maximinse the use of space with children’s play rooms, parent’s media room, and master bedroom with ensuite and his and hers robes. The little ones can feel secure having you nearby but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or style. The house designs blend areas of open plan living with a flow out the alfresco dining area with more privacy and areas to close off near the bedrooms.

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Image: Better Built Homes acreage home design – The Eliana 41

More mature families with teenagers or the grandkids visiting for sleepovers may prefer the Hampton 32 house design. With the master bedroom separated from the 3 other bedrooms by the living, dining and rumpus rooms, there is a different flow to the house that allows for more privacy, and separation of unwanted noise while entertaining and enjoying the lifestyle of living on acreage.

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Image: Better Built Homes acreage home design -The Hampton 32

Getting a tender

With families of our own, we know the importance of providing our clients with affordable prices and what it means to have your home fitted with all of the essentials.

We have 3 inclusions packages that we offer as standard features with all of our house designs, with different levels of inclusions to suit your style and budget. With a driveway allowance, flyscreens and remote control garages plus floor covering allowances you won’t get any nasty surprises during the build. We’re also flexible and you can take out features or upgrade during the tender process so you know exactly what you are getting – upfront.

If you are ready to escape the grind of the inner city or to upgrade for a place with open space give us a call on 1300 100 922 and we’ll be happy to talk you through the process and make a time for you to visit our showroom. Alternatively you can use our online contact form to get in touch.

Check out our article here on the best Apps to use when buying a block of land and building your new home. Be organised and in the know from the very start.

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