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...]
Some people want children’s bedrooms to be big!
I’m not so sure!
Reasons for Big Bedrooms Room to play, study, have sleepovers and for all their stuff. Room for adult children. Better for resale value.
(Big for me is 9 square m or more.)
Reasons for Small Bedrooms Discourage children from staying in [read more...]
When you are looking at builders web sites the main things you can look at besides Facades are Floor Plans………But what is the best shape for the overall house?
Making good use of Winter Sun
If you have a Well Orientated site (Longest dimension runs East West) and you are not Shaded by tall trees [read more...]
When you are drawing up plans for a new house, you may want to think about including a home office. The number of telecommuters and home business owners is on the rise, with the advances in technology that make it easier to conduct business at a distance.
Office workers are drawn to the [read more...]
I have previously talked about Setbacks but with certain limitations it is possible to build on the boundary.Generally rules about building on a boundary apply to all buildings constructed on or within 150mm of a side boundary.
Walls of a building including carports can be constructed to the side or rear boundary of [read more...]
When you are buying a block one of the issues that controls what you can put on a block is the Setbacks of the main structure.
Setbacks vary from council to council and can also vary between neighbourhoods in a council area.
To give you an idea here are typical Setbacks:
Street Setbacks From the [read more...]
In England the washing machine and dryer are generally in the kitchen.
As a consequence the laundry in our first house we built was tiny. It was just big enough to fit the washing machine, dryer, laundry trough, and a walkway about 800mm wide to the back door.
After ten years in that house [read more...]
One of the things that frequently gets forgotten is the hatch that gives access to the roof space.
The usual location is in the corridor to the secondary bedrooms.
It doesn’t seem that important but when you need the heating serviced, electrical alterations, plumbing alterations, etc, you are going [read more...]