The Design Guidelines For Land Estates

If you are building a new home in a land estate, then it is very likely that the design of your home will be required to stay within the design guidelines that the developer has set out. This is generally the case so that there is a sense of cohesion from house to house and that they work within the context of the public areas that are created.

Typically, these design guidelines will set out a minimum requirement for house designs, landscaping, fencing and how the house is positioned on the land. Some blocks will also have special requirements additional to these which you will have to take into consideration. This will all be outlined in your contract of sale with the developer, and builders should be able fulfil all of these requirements.

What Guidelines & Covenants May Affect You?

Before you purchase vacant land in a residential estate it is vital that you understand exactly what restrictions you will have to work with. There may also potentially be government imposed covenants on your land. These can be put in place to protect the entire community, for example from flood and fire risk or could relate to land boundaries. For more information on this you should enquire with your state government’s consumer affairs department or check out their website. You should also be able to see restrictive covenants on your land titling document. For more information on land titling read this article.

When it comes to developer enforced guidelines there are several common restrictions that most estates will have to follow. Before you purchase property always make sure you understand your obligations and rules that you will need to work in with.

Common guidelines can include:

  • Design requirements
    • Facade design: What the façade is comprised of. For example including a garage, covered front door, specified materials or veranda
    • Façade variety: most estates will require a variety of facades that must be different from the houses around them
  • Landscaping
    • Types of plants & trees used: Using native flora is something that developers will encourage or enforce
    • Design of frontage: To create a consistent look your developer may require a certain layout and look for your front yard and possibly a timeline when it should be completed
  • Sustainability
    • Generally, this an optional guideline, but most developers will outline what is sustainable extras could assist in reducing cost and environmental impact of your home.

There are many things to lookout for when building a new home, we share the top mistakes people make.

Finding Land To Purchase On iBuildNew

Comparing your options is the key to any property investment. On iBuildNew you can shortlist and compare side by side any land estates that you are interested in. You can also explore our developer & estate pages, which lets you have a look at important information about the developer such as their estate guidelines, masterplans and land lots available.

Want to talk to an expert? We have a team of independent consultants who can assist you with any queries or concerns you have about the home building journey, and can even connect you with developers or builders who can help find the right land or package for you. Call us on 1800 184 284 or book a call.

Zoe Langenberg

Zoe is passionate about coffee and interior design. You can find her most weekends exploring an art gallery or devouring a good book.

About

iBuildNew is the market leading aggregator dedicated to residential home construction and land development. As an independent platform, iBuildNew helps Australians identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

You may also like

Feb 11, 2020

Suburb Profile: Tamworth, NSW

Infamously known for hosting the largest country music festival in the southern hemisph...
Read More
Jan 22, 2020

Suburb Profile: Cumbalum, NSW

The Northern Rivers town of Cumbulam, New South Wales is on the rise. Cumbalum is locat...
Read More
Feb 19, 2020

Suburb Profile: Manor Lakes, VIC

Situated just 33km south-west of Melbourne’s city centre lies the quiet and idyllic Man...
Read More
Jan 22, 2020

Suburb Profile: Dalyellup, WA

Advertised as “a village in the forest by the sea,” Dalyellup is an emerging suburb loc...
Read More
Feb 11, 2020

Suburb Profile: Werribee, VIC

Werribee is a suburb 32km southwest of Melbourne and lies approximately halfway between...
Read More
Jan 30, 2020

Suburb Profile: Burnside, SA

Located just 7.5km outside of Adelaide’s bustling CBD is quiet, leafy Burnside. This pr...
Read More
Jan 20, 2020

Suburb Profile: Croydon, VIC

Surrounded by lush green reserves and alluringly vast parklands, in the past few decade...
Read More
Jan 29, 2020

Suburb Profile: Yarrabilba, QLD

The area between Brisbane and the Gold Coast has often been referred to as a “growth co...
Read More
Jan 07, 2020

Estate Profile: Edgebrook – Clyde, VIC

This piece was written in association with Stockland. Located just 55 kilometres from M...
Read More
Feb 11, 2020

Suburb Profile: Nairne, SA

A close communion with nature, Nairne is a vibrant suburb positioned along the Adelaide...
Read More
Feb 03, 2020

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Buying Vacant Land

Buying vacant land is an exciting process. With vacant land comes the opportunity to cu...
Read More

Get more from

Browse Land for Sale