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November 2021

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Modern Homes for Country Living

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At McCarthy Homes, we know due to the increased amount of time spent homebound, more than ever are Australian families seeking relief from city living and relocating. If you have been tempted by the space, quiet and freedom of acreage living, we have the perfect home designs to enhance your new lifestyle.

Acreage living may provide you with a more traditionalist lifestyle, but that does not mean your living space has to reflect this turn of the times. McCarthy homes can help you navigate the shift from urban to rural living and cultivate a space which still feels like you- enhancing the newfound freedoms you get to bask in. 

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Luxury Acreage Homes

By drawing on the rustic elements of the rural setting and innovative design, your new living space can complement your new found rural lifestyle. Our open-plan kitchens and living spaces guarantee plenty of space for your family to evolve. This configuration ensures that whilst you may have access to more space, your family is still brought together. Our homes empower you to start new hobbies in this new environment, and give you access to the room you and your family need to do so.

By using the surrounding open spaces as inspiration, this means you can experience more all-day sunlight, with a living space that seamlessly transitions into outdoor space. Prioritising open spaces in the design can offer you the opportunity to entertain more and have more guests and visitors than ever before.

Your new acreage also means there’s no limit to the home you can create. Now having access to the space to make your dream home, we recommend formulating a wish list of design elements, features and styles for the plans we develop together.

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Acreage Home Designs

McCarthy’s acreage home design embraces a classic layout and design aesthetics to work alongside the open environment. With a range of home designs suited to acreage land or a custom built home design, we can work together to create your dream acreage home. Here are two popular acreage home designs to provide inspiration.


The Manor Home style has been designed for larger plots of land in mind, to enhance the feeling of more space and privacy. With an open plan living area, as well as a separate lounge and study, the Manor can provide you with a home design which brings the family together whilst affording spaces for just working or just relaxing. With four sizable bedrooms, the Manor can be the perfect home to transition your family into acreage living, with the space to have guests stay. 

With your choice of inclusions, you can turn the manor’s house details into a space which reflects your style and preferences.

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The Windemere home has been designed exclusively for acreage living, ideal for a modern family living a more rustic country lifestyle. With an open plan living space and alfresco, the Windemere also has a separate study space and lounge space to ensure you have spaces for just relaxing and just working. The secondary bedrooms are located away from the master to maximise privacy – perfect for hosting guests. 

Both of these designs give you the freedom to customise a home that feels right for you, and empowers you to create a luxury acreage lifestyle, designed to work with your family’s needs. 

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To learn more about Acreage Homes or to begin building your own dream home with McCarthy Homes, contact our friendly team today on 07 3358 9704 or through our online contact page.

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The Sandstone Inclusion Package. Where Dream Homes Begin.

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At McCarthy Homes we design and build houses that you will truly love. Our inclusion packages are just one of the many ways you can instantly elevate your home design to the next level of luxury.

Our inclusion collections are all designed internally by our expert design and selections team. These are the same designers that work on our custom home designs, so you can rest assured that our inclusions collections are perfectly designed to accentuate the interior of your new home. 

Through the Sandstone package, we aim to provide you with a perfectly curated foundation for life to be effortlessly lived. Your McCarthy home will integrate Sandstone through classic and streamlined design elements.

The Sandstone inclusions helps McCarthy Homes achieve our vision of empowering our clients with the freedom to create and customise your ideal home. Your personal styles can be incorporated in our customisable and adaptable foundation. Our Sandstone inclusions make high quality dream homes, which still feel like you and your family.

Starting with the kitchen, McCarthy homes believe good taste and functionality go hand in hand. The Sandstone Kitchen relies on white melamine shelving systems with formica cabinetry in customisable colours and a range of handles. With the addition of black glass ceramic and caesarstone benches, Sandstone provides you with the perfect kitchen foundation which can be customised to suit your family’s needs and styles. Classic tones and features support you in fostering your ideal living space, which can evolve with you and your family’s needs and preferences.

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For the bathroom, McCarthy seeks to curate a space akin to a retreat through sleek and contemporary finishes and calming colours. The Sandstone bathroom uses semi-framed shower screens and micro framed mirrors to open the space and create the feeling of an oversized bathroom regardless of the home. With your choice of tapware and basins, you can select bathroom elements that suit the functionality you require and the style you are after. 

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In the living spaces, the selection of internal features with the Sandstone package allows you to curate according to your lifestyle and aesthetics. With your choice of tile colour and type, alongside customisable door handles and house-wide paint colour, we can design a space which brings your dream home to life. These chosen elements are enhanced by the Sandstone almost two and a half metre ceilings, extensive melamine shelving and convenience and safety focused electrics. Sandstone living spaces are dedicated to creating an environment for you to unwind and live with ease. 

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The external features of your home can represent the personalised and classic elements of the interior. With the addition of James Hardie products, your home’s exterior can set the tone of functionality and design for the rest of your space. External features such as wind rated slabs and roofs, two garden taps and termite barrier systems help protect your home from the outside in. Additions of customised coloured garage doors, your choice of door handle and entry door type allow your own preferences and needs to be reflected. 

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McCarthy Homes’ inclusion packages deliver a home design with tried and tested functionality and operation, whilst still including your own personality and styles. Sandstone is the ideal foundation for your home which has been carefully designed to handle the changes and continuity of your family. 

To learn more about upgrading to our Inclusion packages or to begin building your new home contact our friendly team today on 07 3358 9704 or through our online contact page.

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Site Costs To Be Aware Of/Plan Ahead For

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After months or years of planning, you’ve finally found your perfect piece of land and are ready to build your new home. Maybe it’s that home on a hill with the views you’ve always wanted, or the rural acreage dream that you can retire to. Whatever you’ve chosen, it’s an exciting move, but if you want your new home experience to be as smooth as possible, it’s best to be aware of all possible site and building costs before you start. 

At McCarthy Homes, we conduct site checks for all of our clients project home builds, to gain a better awareness of any challenges their block may produce during the build. This allows our customers to plan ahead for any possible construction costs and our team to prepare a house plan that is best for the block. It is important to know that not all projects will cost the same. In this article, we’ll go through some of the common variables that you should be aware of when planning for costs to build.


Sloping Blocks & Excessive Fall

This is one of the most important factors influencing building costs. When it comes to slope, generally, the flatter the land, the less it will cost to build. With slopes and uneven terrain, a lot has to be done to ensure stability, whether it is levelling or using steel for the foundation and the structure. However, the additional cost to build on a sloping block is usually offset by the views your home will achieve by building onto the side of a hill or valley etc.

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Potential Flooding

There are various locations that are susceptible to flooding. In Queensland, Brisbane is one such area that has experienced its fair share of floods in the past 100 years. If the area you plan to build in is prone to flooding then this will also add to your final cost as your house needs to be designed in a way that if a 1 in 100 years flood comes through that no one in the property will die. 


Traditional Character Council Requirements & Council Overlays

A commonly overlooked issue that you might run into is a building proposal for vacant land in a Traditional building character overlay or Character residential zone. You will need to discuss your options with the local Council and your proposal will be assessed on how it impacts on the streetscape character. 


Driveway Gradient & Access Issues

You may love your house and it’s location on a hill, but steep driveways can have a range of problems. Your local council will require proposed driveways to comply with a number of technical standards prior to driveway permit approval. You can find your Council’s recommended gradients for driveways on their website, which also includes details for driveway loads and materials. Your builders will make sure your driveway meets these requirements when planning your new home.


Bushfire Zones

Building a home in a rural or coastal area can be a great change of pace however these areas can also fall into bush fire prone areas which will impact the costs of your new home build. There’s no need to panic as building materials have come a long way in implementing materials that can still give you a beautiful home that also meets any fire zone regulations. The first thing you will need is a BAL assessment to determine the level of risk and therefore, the level of compliance your new house will need. Once you have your BAL assessment, your builder can design your home with the appropriate construction methods and materials.


Potential Boundary Setback Requirements

The Queensland Development Code (QDC) defines where and how homes are located on a property. There are different setback requirements for lots under 450 square metres and lots 450 square metres and over. Your builder will need to be aware of these requirements when planning your new home on your lot.


Acoustic Overlays

Acoustic overlays is another possible cost of building that is not commonly known among our clients. Acoustic overlays measure the effect that any surrounding transport noise from roads, from rail, or air may have on your home to ensure the health and safety is protected for anyone living in the home. Depending on the location of your home, you might need to apply specific noise reduction protection to certain parts of your home, creating a safe environment. 


Choose A Builder With Experience

While this list of building home costs might first appear long, it’s nothing to a builder with experience in custom blocks. At McCarthy Homes our team has custom built hundreds of homes on blocks with issues from above. If you’ve found your dream block of land but are worried about the price of building a house then contact our friendly team today to learn about your options. Contact us on 07 3358 9704 or through our online contact page.