A block of land has various characteristics to consider when designing a home. It’s important to know what

they are and to be aware of the potential impact and design restrictions that may incur.

1. Size

Ensure you know the maximum size and dimensions of the design for the home that will fit on your

block. Also check to ensure the setback requirements (the distances you have to leave between

your home and your site boundaries) are understood and that the permitted heights in your area

as per council requirements are followed.

2. Easements

An easement is a section of land that is registered on the property title that gives someone else the

authority to use the land for a specific purpose. It’s important to know if any easements exist prior

to building to ensure issues do not arise during the building process.

3. A crossover

A crossover is the section of your driveway that is situated between the edge of the road and the

front boundary of your block of land. It’s important to understand your crossover location so you

can design your home accordingly. This can be impactful when deciding the size and location of

garages in particular. In an existing area you need to lodge a vehicle crossover application with

your council to gain authority to reconstruct it, if required (required to be at least 1 metre in

distance from power poles or trees)

4. The importance of soil

The type of soil on your site of land determines how your house must be built. This is because

different soils will have different properties that make it more or less likely to move, expand and

contract with different levels of moisture content. If soil were to move underneath a new home

then the result could be cracking inside. Your builder should provide you guidance on how to

determine the appropriate reports to determine this.

Knockdown and rebuild has become a popular, cost effective option to achieving a brand-new home as

multiple homes on a single allotment

If you’re happy living in your suburb, but need more space or are looking to update to a new home,

building where you live now can still provide what you’re after. The advantages of a knockdown and

rebuild are:

• No need to waste time attending auctions to find your perfect block (you already have it!)

• There are no stamp duty costs involved.

• You get to stay in the area that you love

• Fixed building costs so there won’t be any budget blowouts.

• Your children don’t have to move schools.

• No uncertainty – you will get to decide on your finishes, your designs all in your new home.