Thought I should start my own thread now things are getting started, so I can keep a record, and hopefully some feedback from the forum.
We've just exchanged on 5 acres in the Southern Highlands, and with a short settlement we should be getting underway in the next month with fencing, and planning our house and outbuildings.
I think we will be going a custom build, we have been looking at house designs for a long time now, and it's hard to find the right house for rural land, especially as we don't want a big house, and most rural homes are MASSIVE.
We like a modern country, leaning towards French provincial style, with English farmhouse feel also.
Our most important things are:
Plenty of storage
At least 1 Bath
Big laundry room/mudroom
Open kitchen, living & dining
Solar passive principles
Cope with rural living, muddy boots, 4 dogs, indoor cats, we often come in covered in horse feed, hair, mud etc, so must be easy to clean.
This would be the view towards the NE from our bedroom
Towards the west from the alfresco area where stables and paddocks will be