Stormwater Discharge Point

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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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Onsite Stormwater Dention – Why

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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…]

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…]

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…]

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Protecting Underground Pipes

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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…]

Buying a Block

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What’s on the Nature Strip?

Nature Strip

Don’t forget to have a look at the Footpath and Nature Strip!

Often forgotten but what’s there can affect what you can do with the block, and general livability.

Some of the things that can affect you are:

Place of the Crossover If the driveway crossover isn’t where you want it it can cost you [read more…]

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Cubby House – Fail

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What do you think of this Cubby House that someone built in their garden, soon after moving in?

Well it looks pretty good…………………………. Solidly constructed building, nice colourful paint job, and securely bolted down to a convenient concrete slab.

So why is it a Fail?

Well have a look at this close up of [read more…]