Colonial Design

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Designed for a growing family, this generously proportioned home exemplifies the Colonial charm typical of Farm Houses of Australia designs.

Featuring high 2.7m ceilings, large double dormer windows and extensive timber flooring, this 235m2, four-bedroom, attic-style home retains a traditional appearance in keeping with its rural setting. Front, side and rear gables with decorative fenestrations and finials enhance the design’s period character.

The open-plan Castlemaine provides plenty of room to move, with two separate living areas and expansive decking for outdoor entertaining. Four large bedrooms and a separate bathroom are situated upstairs, including the master with walk-in robe and generous ensuite featuring a double vanity and large shower. Large, private balconies are accessed via sliding doors from the master bedroom and French doors from bedrooms two and three. Plaster-lined attic ceilings with dressed Oregon rafters add to the Colonial appeal.

The country-style kitchen with generous walk-in pantry opens via a servery to the family room. The dining room sits within the bay window, with Colonial glazed windows on all sides and a sliding door providing access to the decks. The Castlemaine Baxter also features a large outdoor entertaining area and three-car garage.

The residence is constructed with a pine frame and western red cedar cladding. There’s an option of baltic pine, Weathertex, brick veneer or Rustic Stone reproduction stone veneer.

Featured here is a modified version of the Ferny Hill, designed for and built by Doug and Kellie Law of Construction By Law on their six-hectare property at Merricks North. The Ferny Hill is a warm and inviting home displaying traditional charm on the outside and both contemporary and traditional features within. This home features front and rear twin gables and a traditional Jarrah verandah at the front. Exterior gable trim, verandah brackets, fenestrations and finials add to the rustic charm that typifies these designs.

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Constructed of low-maintenance Weathertex weatherboards but available in your choice of finish, the Ferny Hill is an extremely practical design for a growing family and is excellent for entertaining. The home comprises four separate living areas, four generously sized bedrooms with walk-in robes and ensuite to master, a study and a large country-style kitchen with walk-in pantry.

Like all Farm Houses of Australia designs, the Ferny Hill retains a traditional farmhouse appearance with high ceilings and extensive timber flooring, and features the luxury of high-quality, contemporary fittings. However, as each design is customised to the requirements of the owner, no two homes are ever the same. Although the Ferny Hill is shown here as a single-storey design, the plan is available on request as a seven-bedroom attic style.

The Ferny Hill is the Farmhouses of Australia Pty Ltd display home, and inspection is invited (by appointment only).

The Beechwood in Rustic Stone includes all the classic period features for which Farm Houses of Australia has become renowned. Constructed of timber weatherboards with a distinctive rock cladding and decorative finials over the gables, this 200m2 three-bedroom home is big on country-style charm.

Rustic Stone is an effective decorative feature for entrances, feature walls and fireplaces, among others. It comprises a lightweight volcanic stone mixture formed in rubber moulds to create an extremely detailed, textured rock face.

The Beechwood comprises spacious formal dining and living rooms, large kitchen with walk-in pantry, master bedroom with walk-in robe and guest bedroom with semi-ensuite located downstairs. Features include 2.7m ceilings, timber flooring to the living areas, timber windows and expansive decking and verandahs for outdoor entertaining.


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Overlooking the ocean, the grand two-storey Inverloch boasts timeless appeal. With a generous timber deck running right around the house and culminating in a charming rotunda at the rear, the home has been designed with outdoor entertaining in mind.

The master bedroom, which includes ensuite and built-in robes, and the second bedroom feature French doors leading onto private balconies providing stunning views of the ocean and surrounding landscape.

The Inverloch features a spacious open-plan kitchen with living and dining areas complemented by square-paned windows. The country-style kitchen adjoins a light-filled meals area that’s separated from the formal lounge by a decorative period-style partition.

Attention to detail is paramount for Farm Houses of Australia. Clients looking to build are encouraged to consider variables such as the aspect of the home and the views afforded from all windows and verandahs. The benefits of natural light and its implications for positioning the house on the block are considered, as is the placement of existing and future furnishings inside the home. As a result, all the specialised home designs offered by Farm Houses of Australia exude a sense of solidity and permanence, while maintaining the light, space and airiness aimed for in every modern home.

Farm Houses of Australia re-creates outstanding homes that boast authentic period country character and charm, at the same time offering great scope for individuality. Designs are based on classic examples of old Australian farm houses with traditional exteriors and interiors as classic or modern as you choose.

The company is constantly updating its range and all homes can be completely customised to your requirements. No two homes are ever the same. The aspect, outlook and special features of each property are taken into account during the design process and houses are designed to comply with 5-Star energy rating and also bushfire area requirements. Designs are also available for suburban and outer-suburban properties.

Farm Houses of Australia also provides a specialised computer design service allowing all aspects of the floorplan to be presented in 3D, so you can see a photo-like image of how each room in the house will look when completed. You can also place and rearrange furniture on the floorplan to ensure the final layout is completely suited to your needs and taste.

Homes are constructed with traditional weatherboards, stone, reproduction stone, brick-veneer, vinyl weatherboards, Weathertex/CSR weatherboards, Colorbond external cladding or any desired combination of products. The choice of every aspect of the design is yours.

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