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

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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.”

More grem­mo­

This home built at Glen­haven in the Hills dis­trict by Gremmo Homes of­fers re­sort-style liv­ing with a beau­ti­ful out­look. Pic­ture: Ian Mains­bridge

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