Knowing About Building Covenants

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Having the home of your dream is really very satisfying. But the process is not that easy. In many cases, people build a new home after complete destruction of the old one. The construction work is not the only thing that is tough and time consuming. There are a lot of things that are needed to be done before the construction work. It is not enough to plan and make a design for your dream home; rather it is necessary to get proper permission. To build a house, it is very necessary to comply with the rules of the governing body.

There are a lot of rules regarding a construction that home builders Canberra have to abide by. You cannot plan the home as you want because you are owner of the land. The size of the construction compared to the size of the land, closeness with nearby homes, set back from the road, placement of windows and the height of the house, everything must comply with the rules and regulations; only then the design will be approved and one will get necessary permission to start a construction.

This process is applicable when you are building a home on your existing plot or when you are working on knock down rebuild projects. Building a house on another area will impose a whole new set of rules. These rules are not set by the governing body, but by the land development agency who sold you the block of land. This set of rules is called building covenants or “Building and Design Guidelines”. Though the covenant may look extensive to you, an experienced architect will easily understand the guidelines. They can help you to include all the necessary things to your new home to make it comply with building covenant of a certain area. The covenants are different tan planning and legislation laws. Covenants are not for making the process more complicated. But the main purpose is to create a certain look and feel when the suburb is complete. Often land developers offer rebate to customers to make them comply with the building covenants. In many suburbs, the design must be submitted to the developers before it goes to governing body for approval. There are quite a few things that may be part of a covenant.

The land developers may want you to choose a certain colour or from a few options for your home. Inclusion of rain water tank and solar panels are also part of building covenants. Driveway style, colour and letterbox placement may also be a part of the regulation. There can even be some restrictions on choosing the shrubs for your front yard.