Important Home Design Planning Considerations

If you have purchased a section of land and enlisted the services of a custom home designer to design your plans, it is very important that you spend time considering the following home design points before any construction begins.

Make sure that the bounding pegs in your sections match your plans or have a surveyor do this so that you are absolutely sure. This process will help determine if the size of your floor plan will comfortably accommodate the constraints of your section and boundaries. This process may also highlight better use of certain land areas in your section or show that parts of your plans can be expanded / changed.

Will certain areas of your home such as the patio and living room receive the best amount of sunlight in the position you intended? When thinking about the location of your future home, take note of where the sunlight will be during the day. Look around your section for potential sunlight blockers such as trees and neighboring empty sections that might have buildings erected in the future.

Are there any construction covenants on the site that could affect the development of your home plans? Have you invested in a new subdivision that requires developers’ approval on your home plans? Does the site have restrictions in terms of building size, height and permitted materials? It’s a good idea to ask your attorney to research any restrictive covenants before going too far in the design process.

Find out where utilities such as electrical, telephone, gas, sewer and water connections will enter your property; are they close to the boundaries of your section or will you need to bring these services on site? A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report from your local council will highlight these utilities and also inform you of important environmental and land information such as rainfall and drainage, probability of flooding , risk of erosion, heritage and conservation classifications.

Make sure you have all of your building consent forms organized and ready before you start any home construction, it is important that all planning for your home design is in accordance with your country’s building code, especially if you want to sell your house when it’s finished. This can be a costly and time consuming mistake for new homeowners / builders if the above house design considerations are overlooked.

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