In our Building Checklist booklet, we have listed all the things you might like to consider when having your new home built.
Today we publish the second of the booklet – “Covenant / Statutory Issues”. 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”.
COVENANT / STATUTORY ISSUES
It is essential that you carefully study any building covenants or design guidelines applicable to the block of land you are considering. Your builder should also be made aware of any constraints so that these can be priced into your estimate. The following is a list of some of the issues that crop up regularly but is certainly not a definitive list.
□ Minimum house size (no longer applicable in many areas).
Note how this is calculated. It may not include garage and/or porch areas.
□ Design specifications
Many building covenants or design guidelines will specify architectural features or themes that must be incorporated in your home.
□ Materials – cladding and façade
Some design guidelines will specify percentages of allowable materials like face brick, rendered or bagged brick and light weight materials like Colorbond steel or fibre cement products.
□ Planning constraints
□ Building set backs
□ Site coverage
□ Demolition control areas / heritage areas
□ Earthworks restrictions
Some developers, often in response to Council conditions, will specify maximum cut and fill levels. This can result in your building area being restricted by additional retaining walls or additional building costs associated with splitting slabs or designing a home with multiple levels.
Give me your questions about building and I’ll try to answer them.