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...]

Buying a Block

buying block-cover

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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...]

Cubby House – Fail

cubby house fail

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...]

Manhole

Manhole Cover

When I started in the drainage business 40 years ago we called them Manholes.

Since then due to political correctness we have had; Person Holes, Access Points, Inspection Pits, but now we seem to be coming back to calling them Manholes.

We are not talking about the small inspection covers less than 300mm across [read more...]

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Setbacks

When you are buying a block one of the issues that controls what you can put on a block is the Setbacks of the main structure.

Setbacks vary from council to council and can also vary between neighbourhoods in a council area.

To give you an idea here are typical Setbacks:

Street Setbacks From the [read more...]