The challenges of buying land first
One of the simple mistakes people make is to buy a block of land that doesn’t have sufficient frontage or depth to accommodate their home design. Another is failing to understand the impact fall has on the building process. “A block of land is very rarely just flat,” Dowling explains. “Any gradient can have implications for the home you’re able to build.” And if your dream home has two storeys, the process can present even more challenges: regulations around overshadowing and overlooking could prevent you from “building up”; and your double-storey design may be similarly compromised if your estate includes 3D building envelopes, which are sometimes enforced by developers to achieve an attractive streetscape, in part by restricting the height of each house. In some cases, your choice will be to select a different home design that works on your block of land, or even sell your block of land and start again.
Other challenges can arise that don’t necessarily affect what house design you can build, but may have financial implications. For example, if your location is too close to a major freeway or powerline easement, it can affect how much finance banks are willing to offer, not to mention the resale value of your house. So there’s a lot of research to be done before you pay that deposit for your land. Of course, if you still feel confident to proceed, Carlisle Homes can assist at all stages of the process, from advising on alternative house designs to offering fixed site costs to help manage your budget, but as Dowling points out, “We just can’t change your block of land after it’s been purchased!”