Top 10 favourite features of Aussie homes

Aussie homes are unique and, in our opinion, the best in the world! There’s some things that are quintessentially Australian...

1. The Backyard

After years and years of the Aussie backyard shrinking in size, falling out of favour with homeowners and being covered over with pavers or even artificial grass (shudder), the natural lawn backyard is back. And it’s a great investment - a place to entertain, relax, for the kids to play and homes with well-maintained lawns sell faster and for more, so what’s not to love? Natural lawns in our backyards act to reduce our carbon footprint, absorb dust and noise, act as a natural fire break and air conditioner, and are good for our mental health too. Who knew the Aussie backyard did so much more than just be the local for annual backyard cricket matches? Just be wary of the dreaded bindii.

Photo courtesy of Cricket.com.au

Photo courtesy of Cricket.com.au

2. The Queenslander

Set high for better airflow and to be away from flood waters and snakes, with their wrap around verandahs, there’s nothing quite like a Queenslander. Again, after being shunned for a while, the Queenslander is now a highly sought after property being renovated and brought back to their former glory throughout the suburbs.

Photo courtesy of Traditional Queenslanders

Photo courtesy of Traditional Queenslanders

3. Swimming pools

 Yes, they take a bit of time and money to maintain. Yes, they have you wondering if you are actually popular or if visitors are just dropping by to visit the pool. But, Australia’s love affair with the backyard swimming pool continues. Traditional, lap pool, plunge pool - doesn’t matter when the mercury climbs!

Photo courtesy of Handyman.net.au

Photo courtesy of Handyman.net.au

4. The Inner-city Terrace

From the Queenslander in the north to the inner-city terrace of the south. Compact, historic and now trendy, the terraces offer convenient city living and that opportunity to own, rejuvenate and even add to, an piece of Australian history and culture. While they present some rebuild and renovation challenges the results can be stunning.

Photo courtesy of Desire To Inspire

Photo courtesy of Desire To Inspire

5. Outdoor Living

 One of the most favourite aspects of living in Australia and those spaces we can home is the outdoor living space. We cook outside, dine outside, play, read and even nap so it was only natural that outdoor living areas and rooms became part of our homes. Always towards the top of homebuyers want lists, outdoor living spaces definitely deserve their spot on our top 10 list for all that they add to our lifestyle and ability to entertain at home.

Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone Landscapes

Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone Landscapes

6. The Granny Flat

For a bit of extra income, guest accommodation, an office/studio, a space to stash your adult child that just can’t (or won’t) leave the nest, the granny flat has become a quintessential part of Australian culture. It does make us ponder how many actually contain a granny. Gone are days of converting an old shed or garage too - granny flats have gone all modern. Think custom designed, think sustainable and eco-friendly, think converted shipping containers.

Photo courtesy of New England Renovators

Photo courtesy of New England Renovators

7. Waterfront Properties

With the bulk of our cities built on the coastlines you don’t have to be a multi-millionaire to own a property with amazing water views when you live in Australia - land girt by sea!

Photo courtesy of Stayz.com.au 

Photo courtesy of Stayz.com.au 

8. Open Plan Living

 Australians have embraced the open plan design concept and made it their very own. Homes are now designed, built and renovated with communal spaces where families connect. Having the kitchen, living, dining, study and even outdoor room seemingly one large space allows families to be together but not on top of each other and able to do their own thing.

Photo courtesy of Realestate.com.au

Photo courtesy of Realestate.com.au

9. Weatherboards

Iconically Australian, weatherboards are the favourite cladding product that’s not only cost effective but instantly creates the Aussie beach house look and feel.

Photo courtesy of Katrina Lee Chambers 

Photo courtesy of Katrina Lee Chambers 

10. The Great Aussie BBQ

Evolving but always a favourite in Australian homes, the great Aussie BBQ. From the brick monstrosities of the 60s and 70s to the stainless steel jobs of the 90s and 00s, we have now seen a rise in the popularity of the super-sized BBQ. No longer relegated to the rear of the backyard, we now have entire outdoor kitchens that incorporate (and are often designed around) the biggest BBQs we’ve ever seen. Aussies are truly dedicated to our national pastime of barbecuing when we designate an entire room to it.

Photo courtesy GC Decking

Photo courtesy GC Decking

However you choose to celebrate Australia Day; a dip in the pool, a backyard BBQ, a quick trip down to the waterfront, enjoy all that makes this country great, quirky and unique.  

Happy Australia Day from Zac and the team at Mint Equity!

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