Stormwater Discharge Point

Heavy rain

One check that is often forgotten when buying a block in an established suburb is how storm water is removed from the site.

Fifty, or more, years ago when land was cheaper it was not unusual for blocks to be quite large compared with the size of the house.

Disposing of storm water by [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...]

Protect Your Block From Dumping

Dumping on Block

A regular problem with vacant blocks is they are used as a convenient dumping ground for other builders.

It’s much cheaper to dump on a nearby site than haul the material to a tip and pay tip fees.

If you are are really unlucky the material may be contaminated (for example asbestos waste). . [read more...]

Onsite Stormwater Dention – Why

flooding

If you want to redevelop or subdivide an existing urban block, you might find that a planning condition is that you will need to provide On-site Stormwater Detention (OSD).

You may also find it is a condition on individual blocks on smaller subdivisions.

Why Is Onsite Stormwater Detention Needed?

Before development of towns and cities [read more...]

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Stormwater – Kerb Discharge

Stormwater Outlet - kerb

If you are going to build on an existing block you will probably have a planning permit condition that stormwater must discharge to an approved point.

If there is no surface water system one option can be to discharge to the street.

This is normally by constructing a proper kerb outlet like the photo below:

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6 Reasons To Have A Pool

swimming pool

I recently posted on 6 Reasons Why I Won’t Have a Pool and got some comments back. . . . . . so here are some Alternative Views.

Heat Relief – Dive in to cool off on a sweltering day. One suggestion I received was have a TV installed so you can [read more...]

How Adverse Possession Can Affect Buying A Block

Site Measurement

Did you know its still possible to take over ownership of someone else’s private land?

This makes it important to check the Land Title Plan dimensions against the actual site dimensions for the following reasons:

If the actual dimensions are bigger it doesn’t mean the seller owns the ‘extra’ land unless they can demonstrate [read more...]

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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...]