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...]
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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If you want to build your new home on a slope you may need to have the additional cost of needing drop edge beams on the low side of the slabs.
These are a sort of retaining wall to hold the fill under the house slab as shown in the drawing below.
You will often find a reference to ‘Fill’ in your Geotechnical Report.
Your site may require ‘Cut and Fill’ to level the site.
Here is a bit of information about the various types of fill:
Ordinary fill is normally excavated material from the site or from a unspecified location. After placement the excavator [read more...]
Based on the Soil Classification rock is considered one of the best surfaces to build a house foundation.
It comes under the Classification Class A.
That doesn’t mean its going to be cheap especially for a conventional raft or waffle pod slab.
Any excavation such as leveling the site and excavation for sewerage and [read more...]
Buying Land…….There are several sorts of Plans/ Surveys of your Block to think about before you can start building a house.
Here is a guide to the various plans based on the same block:
Title Plans are the legal document that describes the land. Initially they are usually the only plan that is [read more...]
A ‘Waffle Pod’ slab is now probably the most common Concrete ‘Raft’ House base. Its generally taken over from the Conventional Raft Foundation.
It’s an example of composite construction with polystyrene pods forming voids in the underside of the concrete ‘Waffle’.
This photo shows the pods, with the reinforcement placed over them, prior to placing [read more...]