EXPERT VIEWS ON WHAT TO BUILD
SANDGROPERS are blessed with good weather, a phenomenal coastline and the opportunity to build the home of our dreams with any budget.
But unlike our natural ability to take advantage of cool dips in the ocean in summer and nights out during our warm winters, planning and creating that new abode doesn’t come as easy.
To make it all a little less mindboggling, we asked our expert panel to find out their answers to our frequently asked building questions. How do I choose the right block of land?
Pindan development manager Sandy Biagioni: Choosing the right lot for you starts with the house type and size that suits your lifestyle and budget.
An easy-maintenance property – such as a 7.5m or 10m-wide laneway lot – would suit singles, professionals, empty-nesters and downsizers who don’t want large areas of garden to maintain.
The slightly larger cottage lot is generally 12.5m wide, around 375sq m, and suits first-home buyers or those with a young family or downsizers.
A large traditional lot is typically greater than 450sq m and would usually suit buyers with a family looking for room to grow, or someone who just needs that extra space for a boat, caravan or workshop.
Other important things to consider include the available services, including gas and broadband internet, the slope of the land, and fencing and landscaping.
The shape of the lot is also important. Simple rectangular shapes make it easier for builders to design your home more economically.
How do I decide which home design is best for me?
Promenade Homes owner and builder Rob Frigo: First, think about how you live in your current home. Are there rooms that you rarely use? Do you have a formal dining area but never actually eat in there? Are you always complaining about not having enough storage? Do you wish certain rooms were bigger and others smaller?
Make sure you design your new home to suit how you really like to live, and take some key learnings from how you use your home right now.
If you’re planning on living in your home for a long time, then try and consider how your family’s requirements will change over time. This might mean creating rooms that can be more multipurpose rather than specific, or rooms that can evolve over the years.
Consider utilising different zones in your home. If you have young children, you might want a playroom for the kids where you can keep an eye on them, but consider how they will use this space when they are teenagers.
These are all questions worth asking yourself now, so you have a plan for the future.
If you need help designing your new home, you can download our guide 11 “I wish I’d thought of that” Design Ideas for Your New Home at www.promenadehomes.com.au. Should I build a single or double-storey house?
Brolga Developments managing director Dene Purdon: This can be tricky. This will largely come down to your lot size versus your needs.
Lot sizes are getting smaller, so a multi-storey home must be considered to fit all needs into a home. However, a multi-storey does cost more so this must be considered carefully when choosing a small lot.
The accessibility around the home is also an important factor, especially if you have very young children, are getting older or simply have someone in the family with special needs. Lifts are becoming more affordable in a residential home and can now be considered if your budget allows.
Give serious thought about where you would want your bedrooms, living areas and kitchen.