Green Architecture, Excellent house design, Healthy living

What do people really look for in a home?

When I look at the builders in Perth and the house designs, even the latest I lived in a brand new home unit was developing dampness that has no stained my couch fabric from the ground up. Perth is presumably hot but I am learning that we can have rainfall and dampness, sand doesn’t eliminate it but minimises it by providing excellent drainage.

However our house design allow for the summer months and take into account the rest of the year when we need our winter woollies. I am about to spend a 3rd summer here but I am beginning to understand the climate and considering better ways to provide better house design to minimise heating and coolingcosts. More on that topic in another spiel.

To the work at hand. We had obtained the approval for the Maylands job and that was all good but did you notice the time it took? 14th September 2011 it was lodged and now we are determining how to proceed from here. You see now comes a balancing act, where we have to provide working drawings to present to council to obtain a building license to construct this home but that costs money.

Where does the money come from? The banks I hear you say, and that is true but the banks won’t release funds until they can see a concrete slab has been poured. So the client has to have a certain amount of cash to start with or we cover the cost to employ engineers and pay council fees. Or we can work a mix of these ideas.

Ideally we would like an investor who can provide funding on a project from start to finish however no investor would ever provide funding unless they knew what costs were associated with the project. And to determine the costs of a project working drawings would need to be completed.

So again it comes back to the owners having funds to get the best value for money and the project under way. We would suggest clients would have between $20-30,000 to take a project from concept through to slab down payment on a standard type residential build, i.e. 3 bedrooms, lounge, dining, kitchen, study and double garage.

 

Council Responses Oct 2011

Communication from council has uncovered some issues on this tight site which proves to my mind that you cannot legislate for good design. The requirement under the R-codes is that an Alfresco have a minimum area of 24m2 with a minimum depth of 3m. While this design provides for an area of 27m2 and would feel much larger than a 4x6m square Alfresco we have only 23m2 of actual useable Alfresco area at the 3m depth. This means that we would have to reduce the size of the lounge area which would compromise indoor living spaces.

I can only speak well of the council though as they try to enforce these laws, they have been supportive and accommodated us in every way. I can only imagine the stress they feel when their hands are tied in a situation like this and more and more often they must be subjected to issues like this as blocks become smaller and smaller.

The result has been given by them now to allow the Alfresco which proves that they are sensible and listen to reason. A job well done. Now watch for the construction and obtaining the building license.

10th Oct 2011

Verbal approval has been granted through the planning officer we have been dealing with. Yeah Ha!

20 Oct 2011

Although we had verbal approval we have not had written confirmation as yet. Reason being in that the council did not receive our emails for some reason they had been sent to the administrator. It is important to follow up any correspondence and ensure they receive it in a timely manner to prevent delays.

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