Site Selection (Part 1)
by Jody Marshall
Director, J Marshall Constructions
Sourcing the site for your first home, your investment property or your executive residence is extremely important – many things need to be considered.
I have put together a summary of the questions you should be asking. This will enable you to achieve a more affordable, suitable and liveable home whilst avoiding any pitfalls once construction commences.
- Which way does the sun rise and set?
- Which rooms will face north, south, east & west?
- Where do rooms need to be positioned to allow for more or less sunlight?
Position of Services & Utilities
- Is there sewer, water, NBN and storm water disposal available to my site?
- Do any of the above services run through the property which in turn could affect the positioning of the house or the need to relocate (can be an expensive exercise)?
- Where does the nice north east sea breeze (NSW) come from?
- What direction will the southerly change come from?
- What direction will the hot north westerly winds come from?
Topography of the Site
- How much fall is across the site? (It always looks less than it actually is)
- Is the site suitable for slab on ground construction? Does it need to be built on a timber floor (Bearers and Joists)? Or is it more suited to split level or two storey?
Views or Outlook
- Is there a view or an outlook from the building site?
- Could it be lost by being built out by a neighbouring property one day?
- Would I achieve a better outlook by raising the lower floor level or changing the position of the building on the site?
- Are there any significant trees that should be retained? These can often compliment your home and provide shade.
- Will I be able to get permission to remove the trees or will the local authority not allow their removal?
- How do the trees on neighbouring properties impact my site?
- Could earthworks on my site be impacted by neighbouring trees?
- What positive or negative affect could shading from trees have on my proposed project?