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Nov
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What is a Siting Variation?

Posted on in Planning & Development
You may know a Siting Variation as a Boundary Relaxation or a Building Relaxation. When a building or structure needs to be built within the defined boundary setbacks by government then a Siting Variation is needed. The most common example of a Siting Variation is when building a carport directly on the front boundary of the property where in most situations the set back requirements be several meters. A Siting Variation can be included, if required, as part of Established Designs package for building approval thus taking out any additional stress and work for our clients.  Hopefully another gem of knowledge you now have under your belt to be better equipped in understanding the processes involved in your project.  Until next time, [est.] Todd Ryan.   Image courtesy of Insitebuilders via google.... Continue reading
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17
Oct
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Legal…and Illegal Head Heights

Posted on in Licensing, Laws & Codes
Have you ever seen an image like the one above while looking at real estate? Did you ever consider why a home would need so many Rumpus rooms, or why an entire floor of the house is a utility room, laundry or storage? It is a simple matter of legal head heights for habitable spaces. The minimum head height for a habitable space is 2400mm from the finished floor to the finished ceiling above. When a ceiling does not meet this requirement it is illegal for the room to be classes as a liveable space like a bedroom for example. There are many who own a building like this and think they can ‘beat the system’ by simply building in the space under their house and using them as bedrooms or even renting them out in this illegal condition. Be warned there are very serious risks and consequences of this. Imagine... Continue reading
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13
Oct
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Custom Home vs Project Home

Posted on in Getting Started
Just about everyone knows the names of at least one project home builder in Brisbane and with the number of these homes only increasing we thought a blog discussing the differences of Custom Designed homes and Project Homes to be topical (this discussion will focus entirely on the residential field).   Renovations, Extensions, Alterations: The first point of difference and most obvious is renovations, extensions and alterations. A custom Building Designer like Established Designs will happily produce full design and documentation for such a project where a project home builder will in mostly all cases not. Renovations and extensions do not fit the business model of Project Home Builders who are also called Volume Home Builders. There is too much variation or custom work where they rely on a more simple process of new home builds in volume to make business profit.   New Homes: Obviously for a new home there... Continue reading
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10
Oct
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What is Sustainable Design?

Posted on in Design: Education
Environmental sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. By becoming sustainable, we can reduce our environmental footprint and help preserve the world’s precious natural resources. Sustainable Housing involves planning and building more socially, environmentally and economically responsible buildings. This can be fulfilled in many respects including making homes more liveable, adaptable, accessible, healthy, cost effective over its life and much more. Environmentally Sustainability Environmentally sustainable designs use our natural resources more efficiently by considering water, energy and waste. They minimize the impact on our environment by incorporating passive design principles like orientation, ventilation, insulation, shading and materials as well as features like rainwater tanks, efficient hot water systems and solar power. This then in turn reduces requirement for mechanical or artificial systems particularly in relation to lights, heating and cooling. Social Sustainability Socially sustainable homes are designed with... Continue reading
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08
Oct
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Australian Houses The Biggest In The World

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A little fun fact for you- Australian houses are the biggest in the world!  Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the average floor area of a new home has hit a record high of 214.6 square metres (figures from 2009!). Our homes are around about a third bigger than what they were 20 years ago and in fact 10 per cent bigger than a decade ago, but they are far bigger than other homes in other parts of the world. Hope you found that little fact enlightening. Until next time, [est.] Todd Ryan.... Continue reading
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