So, you’ve decided to build a rural retreat. Well done –it’s a great decision to make.

Moving to the countryside to pursue a simpler life free from the hustle and bustle of the big city has long been a firm part of the Australian dream. Before you start building your countryside oasis, however, there are a few things you need to consider. Read on to find out more:

Is Your Rural Retreat Going to be a Working/Hobby Farm?

If it’s your plan to live off your land, there are a few things you need to know before diving headlong into planting crops or buying livestock.

You need to work out what the soil quality is, how adequate water supply is, and whether the climate is suitable for growing crops outside. Knowing these things will help you to choose the best spot possible for your buildings, helping you to work with the land around you, not against it.

What Views Do You Want?

One of the best parts of building your own property is you can carefully select your outlooks, designing the floor plan accordingly. Before starting out, spend some time around the land and make notes of which direction the sun sets in, as well as at what time. This will help you to factor views and light into your design, whether it be a swimming pool to catch midday sun, or a patio to enjoy late afternoon warmth.

Which Style Will the Property be in?

What’s the primary function of your home going to be, and what do you want its design to say about your character? If this isn’t something you know already, it’s time to get researching.

Fortunately, finding inspiration for property designs is easier than it’s ever been before. Hit the internet to find examples of other home interiors to give yourself some ideas, compiling a wish list of any you want to show your builder or architect.

Energy Efficiency

When building a new house, you’re offered a huge opportunity to tap into the latest tech on the market and build a smart home. One of the benefits that comes with this, in addition to getting lots of gadgets to play with, is that you’ll massively boost your energy efficiency.

This can apply to heating, cooling, lighting and power supply, so it’s well worth taking where and which appliances will fit in your home into account when drawing up designs. The appliances that you choose to put into your home can also be chosen based on their energy efficiency rating, too. By factoring these into your designs early on, you’ll both save money and time in the future.

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