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While knock­down re­build projects are gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with city sites, they have also be­come a way to cre­ate a dream home­stead.

Richard says the acreage blocks are typ­i­cally five acres in the Hills dis­trict in Syd­ney’s north­west where Gremmo Homes of­ten builds.

“In the Du­ral area and sur­rounds, gen­er­ally speak­ing, it’s a knock­down re­build si­t­u­a­tion where you might have had a house from the ’60s or ’70s that’s seen out its ex­pected life­span,” he says.

“A lot of the time what’s en­tic­ing about these sites is they’ve al­ready got a nice shed on there, the house is a lit­tle bit old, but it might have a nice pool or ten­nis court.

“Some as­sets with the older prop­er­ties can be ren­o­vated and utilised as well.

“Some peo­ple are into eques­trian sports and there might be some sta­bles on the prop­erty to keep horses and large pad­docks and fences, and of­ten that’s a large ex­pense if you’re start­ing from scratch. Al­though the home might be a knock­down re­build, a lot of the time the other in­fra­struc­ture on the prop­erty can be used.”

Richard says peo­ple build­ing new acreage homes typ­i­cally get a larger garage.

“A dou­ble- or triple-car garage can be­come a four- or six-car garage on a lot of these ru­ral prop­er­ties be­cause of­ten peo­ple will have rideon mow­ers to ac­com­mo­date,” he says.

“You can in­clude mud rooms, cel­lars, games rooms. It’s al­ways a good op­por­tu­nity to en­joy re­sort-style liv­ing, to have a re­ally large al­fresco area and you can in­clude al­most a full kitchen in your al­fresco area.

“You can have pools and ten­nis courts and plenty of room for the kids to kick a footy and have pets. It’s a re­ally great lifestyle for kids to have an­i­mals. You can get off the Playsta­tion and get them out­side to en­joy the fresh air.”

This home built at Du­ral by Gremmo Homes in­cludes beau­ti­ful land­scap­ing, al­fresco ar­eas and a pool. Pic­ture: Ian Mains­bridge

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