Design

Welcome to our blog! We created this forum to explore the many avenues of building and design. We hope you find our tips and advice useful. If you would like an article on a specific topic, please send us an enquiry.


3 Ingredients for a great dinner party

With recent events forcing us to rethink our options for dining out, it seems the dinner party is being welcomed back with open arms. From guest lists and table decorations, to tantalising hors d’oeuvres and trendy cocktails, we’re planning and prepping dining experiences at the hottest restaurant in town – Our Place. Whether it’s a […]


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Gas Fire or Wood Fire? How to choose

Did you know the saying “home is where the heart is” is an adaptation of the phrase “home is where the hearth is”? From cooking over an open flame to heating water for that end-of-the week bath, the fireplace truly was the focal point – the heart – of the homes of yesteryear.  Fast forward many, many […]


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3 Bestselling Farmhouse Designs

If you’re planning to build in the Perth Hills, the South West or any other of WA’s fabulous rural locations, chances are you’ve come across one or two farmhouse designs in your search for that perfect plan. Farmhouse designs are synonymous with rolling countryside, the great outdoors and, for many people, a relaxed, casual lifestyle. […]


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Why Build a Loft Home?

When you’re thinking about building a new home, chances are you’ll naturally gravitate towards either single-storey designs or two-storey designs. But there is another option.  The loft home. Loft homes don’t often get the attention they deserve, but they’re a great choice for all sorts of locations, from the country and the coast, to a […]


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Who’s afraid of a sloping block?

Building a new home on a sloping block doesn’t faze us, but we can understand why it might cause some homebuyers to think twice. But why reject a fabulous block if you don’t need to? Why say no to views or a prime location just because the land isn’t level? Sure, sloping blocks have the potential to […]


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10 Home Design Tips for a Rural View

If you’ve invested in a block with a glorious view, it makes sense to look for a house design that allows you to enjoy that view as much as possible, indoors and out. But what should you look for when it comes to finding a design that will maximise an awesome vista? A perfect panorama […]


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10 Design Features for a Rural Retreat

There are some things that just naturally go hand in hand. Like bacon and eggs, footy and meat pies, campfires and marshmallows. It’s a bit like our favourite rural retreats.  Recycled brick and a roaring fire, sunsets and drinks on the deck, Sunday lunch with the family. Luxurious linen on a king-sized bed. A comfy […]


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5 outdoor seating trends you need in a 2020 home

On a large, rural property where space is abundant, you may as well make the most of your outdoor space. Instead of one main outdoor living area, why not embrace the natural beauty of your property and set up multiple seating areas for every occasion. Below are five valuable outdoor additions to the contemporary home. […]


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9 Top Bathroom Trends of 2019

We’ve seen many innovative and bold bathroom trends this year, with some here to stay and others being merely a fad. With the industry constantly changing, The Rural Building Company prides itself on staying up-to-date with the most modern, value-adding designs, whilst also making sure we understand your own preferences and style. To help you […]


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