Thinking of building in a rural area?
Building a new home is a big decision and, on the Border, home owners are fortunate enough to have a choice of an urban or rural lifestyle.
B&H Homes' Brooke Olcorn says building a home is the start of a long and rewarding journey made up of education, sourcing and decision making.
Mrs Olcorn specialises in rural applications.
"Choosing where to live is very personal and multifaceted. Weighing up lifestyle needs, amenity and affordability," she said.
"Living regionally, we are spoilt for choice of either living in town or rurally.
"Choosing to build in the country established a vastly different path to that of building in the city."
Compared to building in town, navigating the path to obtaining relative permits was often less clear when building in the country, she said.
"Without professional guidance, doing it alone could be discouraging," she said.
"It is a specialist type of construction. You don't see a dentist for knee surgery even though he's a doctor.
"It's the same in choosing the right builder for the task. That selection process can make the world of difference in achieving a successful and timely outcome."
Rural construction, design and administration has been a passion at B&H Homes for the last four decades.
"We live and breathe it. There's not much we haven't seen," she said.
"Cohesive working relationships with town planners and building surveyors in respective municipalities is integral.
"Obtaining permits in a timely fashion requires a responsive team.
"Controlling the process in-house is very important.
"We surround ourselves with responsive partners specialising in ecology, environment, bushfire management, planning overlays, geo-technical engineers and energy efficiency."
"We guide our clients through myriad permits required to realise their dreams.
"We provide this service at no cost nor obligation in this pre-construction planning phase".
The ability to live off grid without compromising lifestyle has certainly opened up greater opportunities to build in locations that previously may have been too expensive to consider, Mrs Olcorn said.
"We love how rural construction provides ultimate freedom of design scope - to harness views and solar orientation without restriction," she said.
"The satisfaction of seeing our clients own their piece of rural paradise is incredibly gratifying.
"In every instance the benefits far outweigh the early challenges."
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