Tips for choosing the perfect block
Whether you dream of building a minimalist nod to modernism or a sun-drenched mansion by the sea, there are certain factors that need to be considered when choosing the perfect block to suit your needs; and the most obvious place to start is the location.
Most people will have a particular zone or suburb in mind when they start their search for the ideal block, based on their lifestyle and budget. But when considering a particular area, and the land on offer, take into account proximity to shopping centres, public transport and local amenities, and whether there’s any industrial or commercial areas in the vicinity that could bring unwanted noise or traffic. Families might also want to consider looking near to schools, playgrounds and green spaces.
As we all know, blocks of land come in many different shapes and sizes, so if you have your heart set on a specific style of house or elevation, make sure you find a block that can accommodate it. Consider the shape and orientation of the block, if it’s long and thin it might not suit an elevation with a double garage and wide facade, in the same way that a wide, short parcel of land might have a generous amount of street frontage but leave only limited space for an alfresco area and yard.
And what about choosing an irregular shaped block, such as a triangle shape? These can pose some challenges when trying to accommodate particular designs, but on the flipside, they can often be purchased for less than a standard shaped block, leaving more funds available to customise a design that makes best use of the space.
Ensuring future building costs don’t blow out and construction of your home is hassle-free is another important consideration when finding the perfect block. Both of these factors can be impacted by local council covenants and guidelines that apply to your chosen block of land. Get in touch with the council before signing on the dotted line and check for any requirements relating to zoning, setbacks, fencing guidelines or easements, to avoid any nasty surprises down the track.
Keep in mind that a sloping block or land that has issues with the soil or drainage could also complicate the construction of your home and add to the overall cost of the build, so ensure these factors are thoroughly investigated before making a purchase.
If your search for the perfect block proves unsuccessful, buying an existing home that can be demolished might provide the ideal solution; creating a block that gives you flexibility to have enough space for a generous home and outdoor zone, or council permitting, subdivide and establish two blocks that are side by side or front and rear parcels.
Only you can define what your perfect block is, and your decision will be guided by both emotions and practicalities; but adhering to these tips will help put you on the right path to a trouble-free build.