Is 2013 the year you’ll be buying a new home? Builders offer many exciting choices in house and land packages, so as you pour over floor plans to find the one with the best traffic flow, space, and general appeal, don’t forget to consider the land the structure will sit on.
Make Sure Your Floor Plan Is Right For Your Lot
Finding a lot with a view is easy, and there are plenty of designs that will look stunning there. You need to make sure the design you pick is the right one for the land. If you are looking at a home in a development, where the positioning of the units is predetermined, make sure the one you will own will be well placed on your lot so it offers scenery and privacy.
Build A Showplace, Not A Fishbowl
Open floor plans are quite popular in modern residential design because they offer flexibility and flow and can be built to be energy efficient. Even when the home incorporates large amounts of glass, you still do not want to feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. The design you choose and the positioning of your home on the lot can compromise your privacy if you do not consider the proximity of homes and passing traffic. Do you really want your master bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows to face the neighbours?
Work With The Sun
Having air conditioning in a home is a given, but the way your home is situated affects the temperature inside and climate control costs. Experts suggest that your rooms face north, with features such as bathrooms, utility rooms, storage areas and theatre rooms located at the southern part of the home. Doors and windows that face the west should be as small as possible. Unless you have trees or other homes to block some of the southern exposure, you should have window overhangs of about 900mm to allow light, but reduce some of the heat and glare. Even within the same subdivision, certain plans might work better on specific lots, so be mindful of both the design and the lot you choose.
Avoid Zoning Nightmares
When you buy a home/lot package from a builder, they have most likely worked out all zoning considerations with the local council, but you should still do your due diligence on the property. To keep costs in check, avoid building in a bushfire-prone zone where you will need to add sprinklers or in an area that requires a Flora and Fauna or geological study that might limit where you can build on the property. A few calls to your local counsel should assure you that your building plans will not be unexpectedly interrupted by a visit from the local council housing inspector.
In order for your home to live up to the dream, do some thinking and research on your own before you commit to one of the biggest purchases of your life.