Home Building: Three Important Tips for Planning for Custom Construction

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Hello, my name is Danny and this is my new blog. I live in Sydney, Australia in my dream property. When I bought this house, it wasn't my dream at all but I could see that the place had potential. When I first saw the place, I knew it had potential but it was a little small. I bought it and decided to extend the kitchen and dining room out into the yard. I am not a construction professional so I had no idea how to do this. Thankfully, my friend recommended a fantastic contractor who helped me plan the work and then completed the work in super quick time. I learnt a lot so I would like to share it here.


Home Building: Three Important Tips for Planning for Custom Construction

17 November 2021
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you are interested in building a custom home, choose a reliable builder for the project. The construction of a house is a challenging and expensive undertaking. Therefore, professional help is indispensable to avoid future problems like design flaws, structural shortcomings, premature wear and even legal non-compliance suits. In general, you should choose a reliable home builder with appropriate experience, skills and reputation. Engage the contractor from the initial preparation phase of the project to ensure good results. In addition to expert assistance, here are basic guidelines for planning for the construction work.

Understand the Location

The location is the most critical factor to consider when designing and building your new house. Therefore, evaluate your lot with care before beginning the construction process. Your goal should be to understand the features, strengths and weaknesses of the site. The consideration will allow for the establishment of the best possible building. When assessing the lot, think about the shape and size of the lot. These details should help you decide on the best type of house. The popular options include single-storey, double-storey, farmhouse and townhouse. Also, look into the topography, and determine the best orientation to take advantage of the unique attributes of your land.

Consider Restrictions

Consider the existing restrictions on your project, whether you have a new lot or own an old piece of land. The legal constraints on design and construction can be limiting when planning for a custom home. However, violations can cause significant losses. Therefore, check if you are bound by any easements because these could prevent modifications that affect other land users. Also, look at the existing covenants on your land ownership contract. Some neighbourhoods will dictate the general requirements for a home in the area to keep property value up. Additionally, consult with the local homeowners' association where applicable. Do not proceed without clarifying your doubts to avoid future trouble.

Plan for Permits

Finally, think about the permit acquisition process for home construction in your locale. In general, the local council in different areas is responsible for reviewing applications and providing approval for home construction. However, the specific procedures for lodging the planning application will depend on the established guidelines in each area. Therefore, check out the guides provided on the government websites for clear instructions on filling in information on your project. Alternatively, ask your home builder to handle the permit issues on your behalf. Contractors have a lot of experience completing these tasks, so you will save time and avoid approval detours. 

Consult with home builders in your area to get started.