Focus Homestead designs that even city dwellers will love
Contemporary homes on acreage have come a long way from ranch-style designs of the past — and they offer an enviable lifestyle, writes Jennifer Veerhuis
From images of rolling hills to the blissful nature of space, privacy and quiet, there’s a certain allure to countryside homes.
For many it’s the lifestyle that’s attractive. Not only do they get a sprawling house with room for all the luxuries, some also have space for a tennis court, swimming pool, beautiful garden and even stables for horses.
It could be considered ideal for a family with children who want to enjoy the great outdoors and the chance to have chooks, dogs and even a few cattle and sheep.
The sheer size of these homes means they’re unlikely to be built in greater Sydney, but for those with the budget they are undeniably popular in areas such as the Hunter Valley and Southern Highlands and areas on the fringes of Sydney.
Custom builder Gremmo Homes, winner of the HIA NSW Home of the Year last year, often builds homes on acreage sites, particularly around Dural. The company is owned by four brothers, including Richard Gremmo, who says acreage homes of today often have a more modern look.
“It’s not your classic ranch home but it’s vastly popular when it comes to what people want to do with rural properties now,” he says. “It’s more desirable to have a house that’s modern contemporary — modern contemporary design with a lot of stained timber and natural elements.”
Richard says people today want their acreage home completely integrated with other elements such as a tennis court and swimming pool, using landscaping to create that cohesion.
He says people who build on acreage tend to already live in the area.
“A lot of the people we build for are already based in these areas and they know the benefits of rural living,” he says.
“Maybe people who live in the city or on the harbour are not aware of what’s possible here — like the lifestyle you can have in terms of resort-style living — particularly if you’ve got the budget.”
He says the space virtually impossible to achieve in the inner city.
“You can still have a really nice rural property of 50 to 60 squares — some go to 100 squares and upwards, including very large alfresco and outdoor areas as well, because there’s no design frame work that it has to be,” Richard says..
“Some people just go for gold, some of the properties you see as you drive around Dural are quite exquisite.”
This home built at Glenhaven in the Hills district by Gremmo Homes offers resort-style living with a beautiful outlook. Picture: Ian Mainsbridge