How to choose your home exteriors
Find out from the council the requirements for homes in your area. If you are building in an estate they often have design control guidelines as well. One of the requirements will be size; if there is a floor space ratio that may restrict the size of the home you might want to build. These controls relate to bulk and scale, and are a means to stop your home impacting on other homes on either side of you.
Additionally they control the types of building materials, façade style, fences, and other external features of your proposed home. These restrictions will be clearly stated in the control guidelines so it is important to study it and the implications to your development. In any of the newer estates, if you had your heart set on a style vastly different from the surrounding houses it would mostly likely not be approved.
Many people choose to add a balcony and or verandah to the fascade of their home. This provides relief from long straight masonry walls and improves street presentation. Corner lots have special requirements to break up long masonry walls, and providing articulated relif and changes the roof line with a gable roof or by adding a wraparound verandah, bay windows, a corner entry, awnings or pergolas will give your home presence from the side street.
Another way you can make your home stand out is the choice of roof design, with options such as a pitched roof with gables, hips or a combination of both, flat roofs and curved roofs. For energy efficiency use light-coloured roof materials: dark colours absorb more energy and will store unwanted energy in the roof cavity.
Your draftsman or architect will be able to help ensure that your house design and positioning comply with all of the relevant building regulations in your area and meet the criteria of any design guidelines or covenants set by the developer.
Make sure you have the correct width and depth for your block and know your side back and front setbacks. Corner allotments will have a secondary setback. If you have an easement on the block, find out how close are you allowed to build to it. Many easements require a certain distance to be free for maintenance access.