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...]
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...]
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...]
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:
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]