Larger rural allotments allow much more flexibility in building design than suburban blocks, as there are no tight boundary setbacks, easements for utility services or overlooking neighbours.  This allows the design of generously proportioned, wide-fronted acreage homes with impressively long driveways.

On the other hand, rural design has specific factors which need to be addressed, such as bushfire prevention and fire fighting measures and the provision of services like power, telephone and internet connections.  Council regulations for fencing, large water storage tanks, household sewage treatment plants, swimming pools, stables and large shed installations all need to be considered.