Design the site and the house together Print

Design Outcome


Desi​gn Checklist​​​​​

  1. ​​​​The house and site are designed together
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Creating the site cannot be done independently of designing the house. It is best to design the house, even in rough sketch form, when designing a site or subdivision. ​

Better Design Practice

Design the house to the topography and incorporate retaining into the building.  
This minimises the cost of earthworks and can improve the quality of the spaces around the building. 
​Provide level access to the front door wherever possible.  
Allowing anyone, regardless of physical limitations, to be able to easily enter the building.
Consider using a common wall, or building to the boundary.  
This is as an effective way of resolving the level changes between sites. 
Minimise the use of highly visible large retaining walls.
If they are over a metre, they should be stepped and landscaped.

Design any retaining to complement the overall landscaping.
Retaining can be effectively used to enhance a site.
Create flat outdoor spaces around the house.
Battering (creating a consistent slope) across the whole site creates unusable spaces.

Minimise cut and fill.
Balance the need for excavating and replacing soil across the site to minimise the amount of fill that needs to be transported to and from the site. Use the slope of the site and building design to accommodate parking.

Rules of Thumb

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