Will a Big House Make You Happy?

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Inspired by a post on www.mrmoneymustache.com

Why do you, or your spouse, want a big house? What are you trying to buy? . . . . . . Well most people think they are buying happiness.

Does you family really need that much room? How may huge parties and family gathering are you going to [read more…]

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Access to Rear

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With the narrow blocks that are becoming more common you see a lot of new houses built right to the side boundary on both sides.

In some cases that can’t be avoided, but I think there is a real advantage in leaving enough room for a path on at least one side of the [read more…]

Mind Your Head

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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!

Thanks [read more…]

Floor Space Ratio, or Plot Ratio

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…]

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World’s Biggest Houses

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New Australian homes are now the worlds biggest.

Here is a diagrammatic representation of the size compared with three other countries.

and here are the average home sizes in square metres:

Australia

214

USA

201

Greece

126

Germany

109

Spain

97

Italy

81

Britain

76

China (Urban [read more…]

Children’s Bedrooms

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…]

Setbacks

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…]

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Don’t Over Develop

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I’ve heard people say that they have got the best house on the street……………………..but when you see it, its got the smallest garden, or sometimes no garden at all. They have overdeveloped and spent money they will never get back.

This photo shows one example. The house must be around 800-1,000sqm [read more…]