Basement, or underground garages are becoming more popular.
Its one way of getting a bigger house on a smaller inner suburban block.
Before you make a decision to go for this solution its worth thinking about the cost, and the risk.
They aren’t a cheap solution for a few reasons:
There is a [read more...]
I have mentioned several times about not getting a bigger house than you need . . . . . . . . But this could be going a bit too far!
And how do you reach the controls?
I certainly wouldn’t want to be sitting on the toilet when the spin cycle started!
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One way in which NSW councils prevent Over development is by prescribing a ‘Floor Space Ration’ (FSR). The same principle applies in WA but is called ‘Plot Ratio’.
The FSR of buildings on a site is the ratio of ’Gross Floor Area’ to Total Site Area.
Gross Floor Area is defined as – The sum [read more...]
When considering Overlooking you need to avoid having a ‘Direct Line of Sight’ into:
A Habitable Room window. (The following link explains what a habitable room is: Habitable Room ) A Secluded Private Space – Area primarily intended for outdoor recreation activities screened for at least 90% of its perimeter by a wall, fence or [read more...]
An important issue when building a new house is Overlooking . . . . . . you won’t want to be overlooked by your neighbours . . . . . . and you need to avoid overlooking them!
The Regulations refer to a ‘Direct Line of Sight’ which has a particular meaning . This is [read more...]
What is a Habitable Room?
You see the phase in several planning and building documents with regard to things like Ceiling Height (see Room Height) and Overlooking.
Well according to the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
A Habitable Room is ” A room used for normal domestic activities”
Habitable Rooms Include: Living / Lounge [read more...]
To determine exactly what is needed in the way of Bushfire upgrades can only really be determined by examining the location and the house design. Its your safety so its worth getting an expert!
The following are typical extras for a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) 12.5 zone:
External doors and windows to be provided with [read more...]
A Bushfire Assessment of your new house will put it in one of the following 6 levels:
Bushfire Attack Level
Description of Predicted Bushfire Attack and Levels of Exposure
BAL – Low
There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
BAL – 12.5
Ember [read more...]