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What should I choose first: the design or the block of land?

Before you can choose a home design, you need to be sure it will complement the block of land you ultimately build on. With the right block, you’ll be better placed to choose the right design and manage the overall cost and timeframe of building your home.

There are four key factors to consider:

  1. Slope of the land:
    Sloping blocks need additional ground works – such as retaining walls, surface drainage, cutting and filling – to ensure you build to standard.
  2. Orientation of the block:
    Ideally, you want the block and the design to work together to maximise the natural light and energy efficiency of your new home.
  3. Location and proximity of easements:
    Easements may restrict your building options, affecting where
    you can position your home and whether or not you can install a pool.
  4. Soil type:
    the stability and type of soil on your land may a ect the cost of building your home.