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innovative ways to save money when deciding on a new home


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Building a house is expensive so finding innovative ways to save money on the project is imperative if you want to stay within your set budget here are important things to consider:

Choose the right piece of land and location

  1. If you choose a site in an eco-estate, they usually have restrictions on building materials used & the style of your home, which could push up the cost of the building work and budget.
  2. Choose land that suits your pocket, for example building on flat ground will be cheaper than building in the mountainside where you might need to do rock blasting etc.
  3. Think carefully about your design choices, take cognizance of the arrangement of windows & doors for energy efficiency, and what the style of your home dictates for energy efficiency
  4. Working closely with someone with experience will make the process much smoother.

With proper planning and smart decisions, you will be able to build your dream house, and, hopefully, you can do so without making a hole in your pocket. So lets get that project on the go….

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When do I need a building plan?

Just a little info…
Minor works that do need building plan approval
Consult with us If you are not sure and your intended action is not listed below or enquire at your District Planning Office. You can find all District Planning Office contact information on the Development Management department page. CLICK HERE
The following are some of the structures council insists on plans for:-
Even though they may be on private land and may not be a major build, minor works that do need approval include:
Swimming pools
Wendy houses
Garden sheds bigger than 3 m
Any renovations that add new elements to a fundamental aspect of the building or property like different roofing tiles, or a removal of a wall that may change the buildings structure
Boundary walls
Any temporary building being used for construction like a builders hut