Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

Pivotal Factors to Take into Account Before Undertaking Land Development

Construction & Contractors Blog

Once you have acquired a piece of land, you likely want to break ground as soon as possible. But the reality is vastly different from what many people think. In fact, land development is a complex process and if you are unaware of what challenges you may face, you could end up waiting for many before your land is habitable. So how can you avoid this?

In addition to having reputable professionals on your team, such as construction contractors, architects, a building consultant and more, you also have to keep several considerations in mind. To help you with that, here are a few of the pivotal factors to take into account before undertaking in land development.

What is the risk of flooding and bushfires?

One thing that sets Australia apart from many other countries is the extreme climatic changes. Therefore, before you can embark on land development, you need to establish the unique risks that your lot's location poses to the finished home. Constructing in a flood zone does put your property at the threat of extensive water damage and the likelihood of routine flood remediation, which is an expensive endeavour. Bushfire prone areas, on the other hand, pose the danger of losing your entire investment property, rendering your efforts useless.

Nonetheless, this does not mean that you should not go ahead with the development. Instead, it is crucial that you get information from your local council and independent resources that have compiled these occurrences over the past decades. This information will clarify what additional measures you should take to keep your development project protected from these hazards.

What is the quality and composition of the soil?

The second pivotal factor to take into account prior to land development is the condition of the soil on the lot. A mistake some individuals make is thinking the quality of the soil is only essential when planning to use the land for agricultural purposes. However, this is not entirely true. Granted, the quality will influence whether you will be able to landscape with ease or if you will have to take supplementary measures to make the land conducive for plants.

However, another reason why the composition and the quality of the soil are important is that they will affect various aspects of the construction process. Some of these aspects include the extent of earthworks that need to be carried out, the overall cost of foundation construction and reinforcement as well as the stability of the finished structure. With this in mind, soil testing will be a vital part of the land development process. Contact a company that can help with land development for more information.


19 January 2021