Preparing to Build
Preparing to Build
Before you start to plan the rebuild of your home, there are some important things to consider, such as:
- site location
- designing and ways to rebuild
Pathway Home workshops with Tim Lee from Architects Assist, outlined some important information to consider before you plan your rebuild.
How should I allocate much budget?
This is a guide only, for you to consider all the cost involved for rebuilding.
- 10% for design & consultants, building design, engineering
- 15% for services such as power, water, communications
- 20% for peripherals such as sheds, roads, fences, tanks
- 5% for approvals from council & other authorities
- 5% for a safety net for unforeseen elements
- 45% for building your house
Make it Cheaper
- Connect with organisations like Building Angels that can support you with professional planning and building services, and discounted supplies.
- Off-the-shelf architectural plans may be an option. Also, Council is providing BAL rating assessments free to bushfire impacted people.
- Council and the NSW government are offering rates and charges relief packages to eligible people. Also, consider solar to save on power bills.
- All DA lodgement fees, including pre-lodgement advice has been waived for bushfire impacted people wanting to rebuild.
- The federal government's HomeBuilder scheme offers $25,000 to eligible buyers of new and off-the-plan homes. Deadline is 31 Dec 2020, and building must commence within three months of this date.
- Build your safety net. Start with the Bega Valley Together, National Bushfire Relief Agency, and the NSW Bushfire Customer Care websites.
What should I consider before design phase?
- Access roads, sheds & outbuildings
- Garden areas, retaining walls, pools & water tanks
- Sun path, wind direction, hydrology
- Number of people
- How you live (together/apart)
- What you do (indoor/outdoor)
- Orientation - North facing
Housing Design Options
- Project home (Builder)
- Custom project home (Draftsperson)
- Prefabricated (Building Designer)
- Custom (Architect)
What you see
- Views out
- Approach to house
- Entry to house
- What is it built from?
- Bushfire rated materials
- Additional costs for a BAL 40 rating
- fire safe landscaping
Where can I go for design support?
Association of Consulting Architects Website
Building Designers Association: Find a designer
Institute of Architects: Find an architect
How can I be fire smart in my garden?
Consider the following:
- Stone or concrete retaining walls will help prevent fire spreading up or down a hill.
- Wide brick or paver pathways (at least 1.2 metres wide) prevent fire spread across the landscape and create better access for first responders.
- Think about tree choice - Go deciduous with small-leaves that decompose quickly, avoid resin rich conifers such as pine, juniper and spruce.
- Mulch contains consistent soil moisture - gravel, seashells or decomposed granite are fire safe mulch options.
- Growing tree, shrubs and ground covers with plenty of space will create less foliage.
- Ground covers - plant low maintenance ground covers on slopes to prevent neglected grass from growing too long and creating a fire hazard.
- Keep your garden free of any dead and dying branches on shrubs and trees.
- Select fire resistant plants - look for low growing plants with a higher level of moisture in their leaves e.g. succulents, cacti, agave, allium and iris.
- Don't plant in front of windows and doors that can block a possible escape.
- Consider landscaping options that avoid a timber deck. Why not opt for a brick or concrete patio?
- Natural firebreaks can be created with boulders.
- Avoid resin rich plants, needles will burst into flame and are best to be planted away from your home.
- Try to leave enough room for emergency services to access all sides of your home.
- Rake and remove leaves from your property
- Have hoses ready to reach all areas around your home
Better homes and gardens
Country Fire Authority (CFA) Victoria: Landscaping for Bushfire
When considering building an environmentally sustainable home you may consider:
- Energy - reduce power consumption
- Water - improved water efficiency
- Building materials - minimise waste and environmental impact
- Passive design - take advantage of natural heating and cooling
- Resilient to environment - adaptable to change
To find out more, go to the Your Home website www.yourhome.gov.au/
Tim Lee, regional NSW spokesperson for the Australian Institute of Architects talks about the rebuilding process and opportunities to build back better.
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