Learn how to understand the details of the building envelope for your lot. The setbacks, site cover, orientation and easements are just some of the topics explained in this chapter.
The developers’ covenants can be different for every estate that you build in so it is important to know how to interpret the information within this document.
Getting the most value out of a small lot is important for every builder and designer. There are specific things that you can do at the design stage to increase the probability of getting the best return on your investment.
It’s not the size of your space that matters, it’s how you use it! Learn which rooms are more important than others and how to use those awkward spaces efficiently.
We all like our ‘personal space’ and understand what that means even though it’s slightly different for every person. Well, think of your building envelope as your ‘house space’. Every detached house needs a certain amount of space around it to comply with codes, not interfere with neighbours and provide a safe ﬁre barrier as well as a safe line of view for car drivers coming down the street.Want more? Sign Up Now.
Most newly developed estates in Australia will have a covenant. This is the Land Developer’s ‘vision’ for the estate and it will stipulate certain requirement and limitations that you need to be aware of before you start your design. Your plans will require covenant approval before your builder can commence construction so if they don’t comply then you will be going back to the drafting table to re-design.Want more? Sign Up Now.
Whether you need to borrow money to build or are thinking about selling your house later on, you will need a valuation of your property done by a bank or professional valuator. One of the ﬁrst things they will look at is the number of bedrooms in the house. The more bedrooms – the higher the valuation. The higher the valuation – the more money you can borrow and the more money you can sell the house for later on.Want more? Sign Up Now.