BRYCE'S BLOG: Here are some tips to help create the perfect country home.
Ben and Lena couldn’t wait to move to the countryside but they struggled to be inspired by any of the properties they were shown within their budget. In the end they made the brave yet exciting decision to secure a piece of land and build a home more suitable to their needs and budget. The land had no town water or infrastructure so they really did need to factor in water, electricity and sewage among other costs. But they were up for the challenge and are now in the process of building their country home. Here are some tips to help create the perfect country home.
Every country home needs a veranda. With a veranda you will be able to sit out and enjoy the view, while remaining protected from the weather. Having a veranda around your house is a good idea because not only does it help keep your home cooler, as it shades the outer walls from the sun, but it protects any paintwork from the weather.
Make the most of all the catchment areas that you have, for example, have a water tank to catch the rain off the roof of your house, off any sheds and any other buildings around the property. You can have your tanks connected by underground pipes so you can pump water from one to the other, or where you happen to need water at any point of your property.
Harness some natural energy for your country home and install solar panels on the roof.
One of the best country homes is one with good fencing. This includes the fencing around your house and garden, as well as around the property. Make sure you have secure fences around your garden otherwise you will end up with livestock in your flowerbeds.
The kitchen is so often the heart of the country home. It's where neighbours will sit to have a cup of tea when they visit and where the family will congregate at the end of the day. A big welcoming kitchen is fantastic. You want to be able to enjoy the view of the country side while at work in the kitchen.
There is nothing better on a cold winter's evening than an open fire or even a wood heater, in a country home.
If you are building a new home in the country look at having an open plan living area. Country homes are generally more informal and an open plan style home can be designed to make the most of the view of the surrounding country.
Ben and Lena were realistic and knew they wouldn’t be able to have everything their heart desired in a dream home. They knew they would need to ‘add on’ later down the track and planned for this accordingly. In the end it was the best decision for them as they had control to create the perfect home for their young family on their terms.