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4 features that make a great ‘country’ home

Hear our top tips on creating your dream home!

Tasmania has so much to offer in the way of country living, with our generous lifestyle blocks, gorgeous rural vistas, crisp and clean climate, and laid back lifestyle. If you're dreaming of building a country home in Tasmania, here are 4 great options to look at including.

The verandah

Every country home should have a verandah. When planning your verandah think about which sides of your home will catch the best sun as well as enjoying the best views your property offers. Use narrower verandahs for basic protection on the shady side, and use wider spaces where you want to be able to enjoy outdoor living all year around. Think about which rooms you want opening onto the verandah as well – is it the kitchen and dining? Or do you want your bedrooms to open onto the verandah?

The external cladding

For the traditional country look, Tasbuilt recommends the painted cement sheet weatherboards such as James Hardie Scyon Linea. Combined with chunky window surrounds this creates a warm country aesthetic that will be as timeless as the Tassie landscape. For a more modern country style, you could explore other aesthetics such as vertical timber cladding, the robust and maintenance free metal cladding, or some painted vertical shiplap boards.

The kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of every good country home. Incorporate spacious wide benchtops where possible , and who doesn’t love the traditional shaker style doors. Warm beiges and timber combine to create a space that is a dream to work in. Added features such as extra large freestanding cookers, white china farmhouse sinks, and matt black traditional mixer taps and hardware will all add to the effect. For a crowning touch, you can even incorporate a small woodfired bakers oven – now that’s really setting the tone in the heart of your home!

The living area

Country homes tend to have large open plan living areas, where all the family can gather round to enjoy the evenings together. This is another great place to incorporate a fire place for the crisp Tassie evenings. We also love including a cathedral ceiling, to emphasize the feeling of space and light.

There are so many more exciting options to consider when your dreaming about a country home in Tasmania. Explore our galleries today for more inspiration


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