How to choose a block of land


 
What is so interesting about Australians is our affinity with owning the perfect block of land to build our dream home.
There are a number of factors to be considered when you are looking to build your dream home. Perhaps you are looking to demolish and build, or perhaps you want to renovate your existing home? The options are endless.
However, more often than not, when you are looking at building a custom home, you want the perfect block of land to suit your needs. Whilst the team at Domination Homes works with blocks of any shape or size, including narrow lot homes, it is important to consider a number of key factors before you sign that dotted line.
1) What site works are necessary?
You’ve found it – the perfect block, with a fantastic view and the perfect size.
However, one thing you will need to consider, and factor in to your price, is the amount of works that need to occur on the site before it is ready to build on.
You must consider things such things as soil conditions/ trees and any site clearing that needs to occur.
Trees on the verge, as these are not allowed to be removed and might affect the design of your home.
Questions you should be asking is, does the block slope and what impact will this have on the home?
Another question you should ask, is will there be retaining required and what impact will this have on the home and boundary fencing & and your neighbours?
The orientation of the home will always have a bearing on how you can build your home.
This is an important question to ask in terms of the type of home you can build, the materials you can use and how long the home will take to build.

2) What are the zoning requirements of this block?
Every council in Western Australia is different and they all have their own legislation and requirements you need to meet before you start to build.
Asking some simple zoning questions of your local council can save a lot of money in the long-term.
It is important to check if the property has any easement, as this will affect the design and any setback requirements on the home.
It is also imperative to ask about the Bushfire Attack Level on the block, as this will majorly influence the material selection and design of the home.
3) Are there any required boundary setbacks?
When most people are looking for a block, they will try and find one that ties in with the size of the home they are looking to build, and the backyard.
Another question to consider is the required boundary setbacks, which also need to be taken into account.
4) Will there be any restrictions on how we can build?
Within each council, there are different limits on how you can build.
Depending on the council, there are rules about the style of the house, the colours and materials you use, where you can sit the plot on your house, and what kind of fence you can have.
And this is just the tip of the ice-berg; your council can surprise you later with a list of requirements at any point
Call the council for any specific requirements before you buy the block of land, so as to ensure that you are not planning a home that cannot be built in your area.
For more information on the right kind of blocks to buy for your desired home build, talk to the team at Domination Homes.
Our design consultants understand the way different homes are suited to certain blocks and will perform a site visit to make the entire building process easier and smoother.
Contact the team at Domination Homes today.