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Location – Location – Location! When people talk about building in different suburbs and towns location is often mentioned. As well as finding a great area to put down your roots it’s important to keep on eye on ‘re-sale considerations’. The right suburb may pay dividends in terms of a future sale price.
But what about the location or positioning of your home on the block? Where you position a home can have wide-ranging ramifications in terms of cost, livability, and visual presentation.
So, let’s spend a bit of time to flesh out some of these considerations.
v Position on the block – The position of a house on the block impacts its visual appeal, the cost of accessing services, the structural shape of the house, and importantly airflow. Depending on the ‘feel’ you’re trying to achieve positioning the house at the front, rear, or towards one of the other boundaries will impact on its street appeal when considered with any landscaping plans. Giving some thought to the landscape design before construction will help achieve the right look and reduce costs. The position may also impact on cost through additional fencing, or larger/longer retaining walls, or even require a more expansive driveway.
v Structural Shape – You wouldn’t expect the position of the home on a square flat block to impact its shape to a great extent, however, on steep or odd-shaped blocks the answer isn’t as straight forward. Taking into account retaining walls, land slope, topography, and the associated engineering requirements, you might need to alter the shape and structural engineering requirements. It’s one area that you’ll need to discuss at length with the builder.
v Airflow – The pivot direction of the house, wall angles, and even the positioning of doors and windows will impact on airflow through the house. Airflow and its impact on design are important in modern eco-friendly homes. The pivot direction (angle the house sits on the block) and internal wall angles help direct, facilitate, or impede airflow. Wind doesn’t easily flow around corners or through small gaps and passages, so fewer angles and straighter lines significantly improve airflow and natural breeze through a house. We’ve all visited the homes of friends and commented that ‘it’s a cool home’ or ‘a hot home’. In many cases, it’s related to airflow. Better airflow means greater energy efficiency and reduced reliance on air conditioning and other energy-consuming options.
We’ve only just touched on a few areas in our blog today with the intent being to get you thinking about how the position of your new home will impact on cost and areas that you probably haven’t considered!
We encourage you to talk through different options with Scott, Bonni and the team during the design phase so you can achieve the look, feel, and eco-friendly benefits whilst keeping costs in check. When it comes time to plan your new home, the team at Highfields Builder are ready to support you and deliver a quality outcome on time and on budget. It’s the Highfields Builder way!
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This publication series covers home building, real estate, home finance and legal related issues in a general way. It is intended for general information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Highfields Builder Pty Ltd recommends that professional legal and/or financial advice should be obtained before taking any action on the basis of the general information presented in this publication.
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