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The first step when thinking about building is to make sure you’re choosing the right block of land. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as finding the perfect plot and putting up a house, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important considerations to make before you build.


It’s a cliché because it’s true: location, location, location. When selecting your land, make sure to consider the proximity of it to things like transport, workplaces, schools, shopping and healthcare. It’s also important to consider any potential downsides such as Local Government & Developer guidelines, hazards such as large overhead powerlines, landfill or swampland, and any nearby noise or unpleasant views. Many areas will also have restrictions and guidelines regarding what building materials and colour schemes are allowed, energy ratings for homes in the area, and so on.


Orientation is crucial in building a home that is enjoyable to live in. As a general rule, in the Southern Hemisphere it is best to have living and communal areas facing north along the largest face of the house, while the narrow ends facing east and west.

Easements (No Building Zones)

It is not uncommon for clients to buy a piece of land only to discover that a portion of it has a building easement preventing any construction in that section. These are commonly put in place near sewer lines and other utilities, so it is important to understand what restrictions are in place on your land before we start designing.

Site Costs

When purchasing land, it is important to factor in certain aspects of the site such as the slope, location of utilities (e.g. electricity, gas, and water mains) and the soil type. All of these can affect the price of developing the land prior to and during construction, and will alter the price of your build accordingly.

At Mellross Homes, we always complete a site inspection and obtain any relevant information regarding to your land in order to provide an estimate of the site costs so that you know exactly what you are paying for.


Staying within budget is probably the most important aspect of a build, and it is crucial that you leave yourself enough at the end in order to fully finish your home. We recommend reserving 10-15% of your budget for things like carpeting, landscaping, blinds and light fitting; things that will make your house feel truly complete.

Restrictive Covenants

It is important to note that some blocks have restrictive covenants on the title that can impose certain conditions on your build, and thus additional costs. Always ask your real estate agent or local council about any covenants that may be in place on a piece of land so you can plan and prepare accordingly when it is time to build.


Residential design codes will dictate certain requirements that must be met. This is usually most relevant if you are buying a block with a plan to subdivide, and we recommend against trusting the word of a real estate agent when it comes to this. Instead, pay for a feasibility assessment first to ensure you can go ahead with any future plans.