homestead should be central to the property to allow convenient
access to all parts of the property and preferably with a view of the
property. It should be close enough to farm buildings for convenient
working and ready access to equipment during emergencies. There
should be a firebreak around the homestead and sheds used for storing
petrol, kerosene and other combustible substances must be isolated
from other buildings.
homestead is made more pleasant if surrounded by trees for provide
shade and shelter and as windbreaks. The building should be efficient
and neat only as there is no extra value for luxury fittings which
may be economical in a city. Large old rambling homesteads often
require high maintenance and there are examples of attractive, old
and large homesteads being left empty as the owner lives in a nearby
smaller, modern and more economical cottage. In such cases the old
homestead has zero value as it is detriment to the property.
if near a large town or city the urban influence may add a great deal
of value to such a building. Cottages with weatherboard/corrugated
metal walls and
corrugated metal roofs are quite popular and often the best type of
structure in rural areas.