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...]

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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Habitable Rooms

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...]

Protecting Underground Pipes

impact cutter

One of the problems that happen all too often during a new house build is that Sewers and Drains get filled with concrete.

Its normally happens on:

A knock down and rebuild project where the sewer connection wasn’t sealed during demolition. A Battle Axe block subdivision where the new home is built close to the [read more...]

Different Soil Classification Results

When you look at a block its always worth asking the Developer’s Agent what the Soil Classification is ……….. Only don’t take what you are told too seriously!

Usually the developers opinion is going to be that the site is going to be better (lower site costs) than your builder.

To understand why you need [read more...]

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Small Strata Developments

Small Strata

A small strata development is a way of retaining an existing house and providing a rear Block. It is an alternative to a Battle Axe Block. This plan shows a typical Small Strata Development.

With this type of development there are 3 Titles as follows:

A block title, of reduced size for the original house [read more...]