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Understanding Land Developer Requirements

Published: November 4th, 2015

When it comes to choosing the best land in Western Australia to build your new home on, it’s important to do adequate research on the developer and the location you choose to build in.

Understanding Land Developer Requirements can be complex and confusing, so take a look at our tips on making the process as simple as possible.

If the estate is up and coming, you will want to know what the developer has in mind for the estate area (their “masterplan”), for example – schools, shopping areas and parks to name a few. In addition, you will also need to know what their design guidelines are for the home you are building. These design guidelines are contractual requirements for the land location that you must agree and sign off on if you want to build in that particular estate. This will all be discussed when you have a meeting regarding the land you wish to buy.

The developer has a vision for the estate they are developing – their product is your house. Their goal is to make the estate you live in more appealing and they do this through featured landscaping incorporated into the estate’s entry and parks, to street lights and the planting of trees for example. But, they also need help from the people in the estate to make it feel like a community, and this is helped by having design guidelines. Estate Design Guidelines and covenants are there to help you maximise the value of your investment, complement the natural surroundings and help enhance the quality of the community as a whole.

For example, if you drive through the coastal community of Alkimos, you will notice all the roof colours are white in one estate. This is to compliment the ‘coastal’ lifestyle of this area and to make the estate stand out and look separate to the next estate in the area.

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The Swagger Display Home by Aussie Living Homes showing off a white roof, a developer’s requirement in Alkimos.

Besides roof colour being a main request for many developers, other changes that may be expected can include, rending the face brick of a corner block, ensuring the home is rendered on the front and side that faces the road or adding a feature out the front of the elevation. This all depends on the lifestyle of the location you are building in – and again, what the developers foresee it to look and feel like.

It’s important to take into consideration the land developer requirements for building your home, so to avoid disappointment and delaying the pre-start process when selecting your exterior colour schemes for your home. Developers will give you their guidelines that cover appropriate building materials, energy and water efficiency, fencing and sustainability to help you through the home building process, and they should also incorporate the Federal Government’s Building Code of Australia (BCA) minimum home design requirements too. In addition, some developers will also give you their recommended design styles should you want their opinion.

To get the design guidelines for the estate you are looking at building in – visit their respective website for further information.

Have you already picked the location, but not the home design? Aussie Living Homes has a stunning range of affordable home designs that can suit any lifestyle and any budget. If you’ve already picked your land, take a look at our home designs range. If you’re still looking for land, take a look at our house and land packages.  

Need finance assistance? Aussie Living Homes can help. Contact them for more information.

For authoritative information on Developers in Western Australia, head to the Western Australian Government Developers webpage.

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