A Guide to Wide Frontage Home

by | Mar 20, 2024 | Uncategorized

Interested in building a home on acreage property? Perhaps you have purchased a lot of land that is wider than it is deep? There are plenty of options when it comes to wide frontage home designs and that’s exactly what we’ll be looking at in this article.

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What is a wide frontage home?

A wide frontage home design is any layout that is noticeably wider than it is long. This means that the front of the home is likely to be wider than average. As you can imagine, this is a category that can include a wide range of house designs including acreage homes, farmhouse designs and more.

Benefits of wide frontage home designs

Ideal for wide and shallow blocks: With land more in demand than ever, more wide shallow blocks are becoming available on the market, and therefore house plans that suit these lot sizes are more in demand. If you’ve bought an unusual block, a wide frontage house may just be the ticket.

Impressive curb appeal: With more frontage on display, this provides a bigger canvas for your facade to make a real impression on passers-by and visitors.

Potentially More Affordable: If you’re building on acreage property or in a rural area, the land prices may be cheaper than building in the city. At the very least, you’ll likely get more land for your buck.

Potential for wide verandas: The wide front and back of these house plans are ideal for larger verandas both for your front yard and back. Great for entertaining or for being able to enjoy the outdoors even on rainy or scorching hot days.

Spacious: Wide frontage home designs have a spacious feel, especially if you embrace open-plan living in your floor plan. Having plenty of large window, glass doors and other features that allow natural light indoors will also help make your home feel larger.

Luxury Feel: Many wide frontage home designs fall under the category of acreage homes which are often seen as high-end homes.

Examples of best wide frontage home designs

Materials: Many wide-frontage homes embrace the country or rural lifestyle. Therefore, natural, traditional materials like timber and brick tend to be more popular.

Interior Designs: Though there is a wide variety of wide frontage designs to discover, there are some reoccuring features you’ll find in many of them. Some of these include:

  • Open floorplans
  • Exposed beams
  • High ceilings
  • Plenty of exposure to natural light

Landscapes: Wide frontage homes tend to work best on larger properties rather than narrow blocks. An acreage-style home really shines on a property with some extra space

Key considerations and tips when designing your wide frontage home

Architectural Styles for Wide Frontage Homes

Acreage homes: Perfect for larger blocks of land, an acreage home design offers a spacious, simple yet luxurious design, perfect for a family.

Farmhouse Design: For those looking for a rustic, country feel to their acreage home. It best suits a rural area (it’ll look out of place by the coast or in the big smoke), and a farmhouse design has a down-to-earth charm.

Modern designs: Most designs have a modern spin available and the wide frontage design is no different.

Mansion Home Designs: For those who really want to make a statement (and have a few extra dollars tucked away) a mansion home design is the ultimate in luxury living.

Craftsman and Farmhouse Styles

Craftsman and farmhouse styles tend to focus on emphasising a rustic charm for your home. Some of the key features include using natural materials, having large front verandas, exposed beams and anything that gives a country feel to your home.

Interior Design Considerations

Nowadays, open floor plans have become norm over separate rooms, especially when it comes to kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms. Open floor plans help create a spacious, communal feel to your home’s interior. When done well, it creates a seamless flow between rooms, and makes tasks like moving dinner from the kitchen to the living room much simpler.

Maximizing Space Efficiency and Functionality

For wide frontage home designs, make the most of your window placement and incorporate natural light into your home. Natural light in the home has a range of benefits including:

  • Reduces the need for artificial light during the day, greatly cutting down your energy bills.
  • Keeps your home at a comfortable temperature more often.
  • Has health benefits.
  • Allows nature into your home.
  • Can make your home feel more spacious.

Landscape and gardening

Aussies love the outdoors and a beautiful landscape for your home will have constantly wanting to get some fresh air. Some nice lawn areas are great for families, whether it’s for a game of backyard cricket or just for the kids to run around. For the green thumbs out there, a lush garden isn’t just great for your mental health, it’ll go a long way to improving your street appeal.

Outdoor Features

Few things say Australian life like having a barbeque with friends and family on the weekend. An outdoor entertainment area is a fantastic option for recreation and relaxation, and if undercover, means you can still enjoy the outdoors even on rainy days.

Other features that will add to both the functionality and overall atmosphere of your home include:

  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Trees and plant life
  • Granny flats

Key considerations before you begin your wide frontage home build project

Site Selection and Orientation

Wide frontage home designs aren’t going to suit every block of land, so before you settle on the design, be sure the dimensions work. Narrow blocks or even some regular city lots may not suit this design. If in doubt, have a chat with a builder or a building broker about ideas that will best suit your block of land.

Budget and Planning

Financing is one of the most important and stressful parts of any build. While there will be some surprises you can’t plan for, having a solid plan will minimise the chances of these surprise expenses. Before you begin your home design plans, talk to your financial advisor and come up with a budget/financial plan that will be manageable while still meeting your needs.

Wide Frontage homes have a wide range of possibilities!

For the right type of property, a wide frontage home design is an ideal solution for getting the most out of your property. The extra frontage can be used to your advantage when it comes to increasing curb appeal and creating an ideal facade. Whether you’re after an acreage home, or farmhouse design or just need a family home that suits an unusually shaped block, wide frontage layouts offer a variety of solutions for your new home.

Buildi Brokers are here to help you through your new home build journey. Book your free impartial consultation, today!


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