In our Building Checklist booklet, we have listed all the things you might like to consider when having your new home built.
Building a new home can be a stress-free experience if you attack it the right way.
Today we have published the first section of the booklet – “Choosing a Block”. Over the next month, we will publish each section of the booklet on our Blog.
If you would like a copy now, EMAIL your details and we will mail it out to you. Just note to send the “Building Checklist”.
CHOOSING A BLOCK
Site related issues you should investigate and take into consideration.
The degree of slope will affect the cost of earthworks, foundations, retaining as well as the building itself.
□ Trees (including street trees)
There should be an allowance for tree removal in your estimate. Trees may also affect your foundation costs.
Look for existing roof-water lines or pits. Will the block drain to the street?
The soil test will reveal any rock on your block, but look for any obvious signs.
□ Vehicle access
Consider the slope, manholes, storm-water gully grates, street trees. Maximum driveway grade is usually 1:4.
Check that all these items are available on your block. The location of manholes, pipes and poles could affect your house siting, foundation costs, cost of connecting services and vehicle access.
□ Sewer location and manholes
□ Stormwater drainage location and manholes
□ Gully grates
□ Electricity junction boxes
□ Power poles
□ Light poles
□ Existing houses
Note the location and type of neighbouring housing. Issues like built to boundary garages and the location of their open space areas could affect your house siting.
□ Existing retaining walls
This is critical to note as you may have to locate any retaining walls you build at least a metre or away from existing walls. This will cut down the area you have to build.
□ Existing fences
Note the location and state of repair. You will need to allow for at least the cost of shared fencing where no fences exist.
□ Future pool position
It is a good idea to consider your plans for swimming pools well in advance. The location of services and the eventual siting of the house will affect your ability to install the pool after your home is finished. Look at possible access from surrounding blocks.
If this is critical to your decision to purchase the block, make sure your builder knows how the house is to be designed and sited to take advantage of the views.
If possible, mark out approximate house location
Have your builder help you mark out the approximate house location on the block (use stakes or bricks or whatever you can find on site). This will give you a better feel for the location and size of the open space areas, the relationship to adjoining houses and views.
Give me your questions about building and I’ll try to answer them.