Renovation and Home Design

Types of New House Permits

Here is some information on the several sorts of permits that are involved before you start building a house.

Planning Permit

Sometimes called a Development Approval (DA) if you are buying a block on an existing subdivision you should already have Development Approval.

This DA will provide details of the restrictions on what you can [read more…]

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Understanding your Survey Plan

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I’m used to look at survey plans but I do understand that most people struggle to understand them. Here is a quick guide to help you understand the survey plan for your new house.

The plan below shows a survey plan for the block previously mentioned in the Title Plan Post. It doesn’t include the [read more…]

Wall Dimensions Standard Bricks


When you are deciding about building dimensions its better to take into account the dimensions of the bricks.

Making sure that all lengths, are based on either all complete bricks, or complete bricks with one half brick.

Similarly all heights should be based on complete bricks. Doing this has the following advantages:

Less [read more…]

Thinking Of Copying Plans?

If you go around a show house the builder’s representative will usually give you a brochure with a floor plan. If you look on the net you can often download their plans, or you can even copy them from a newspaper article.

How hard would it be to get a different builder to build your [read more…]

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Accessible Design

Accessible design is making a house suitable to be lived in or visited by a disabled person.

If you don’t think this is important remember that one in five Australians has a disability.

For Instance:

You might be fine now but what if you or a family member has an accident? How will you manage [read more…]

Separate Toilets?

Most house plans show a toilet in the master bathroom but a separate toilet in the other bathroom……………. Why?

Maybe it’s because you don’t want visitors to see the bathroom, but where are they going to wash their hands?

Is it because you want somewhere quiet to go and read?

In England the only time [read more…]

Buying Plans off the Internet

These days there are a vast number of house plans available of the Internet.

As with all internet based service you need to be careful, however there are very many high quality companies that provide plans on the net.

Climate, Building Standards, Materials and Dimensions do vary considerably from country to country.

State based energy [read more…]

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Understanding Plans – Basic Floor Plan

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A basic floor plan is the sort of plan you will see in the developer’s brochure or on their web site.

Most people aren’t used to looking at plans and relating them to what they are going to get. So here is a lesson to give you an idea.

1. Get a pad [read more…]