August 8

6 key considerations for choosing the right block of land to build on


6 key considerations for choosing the right block of land to build on

When it comes to building your dream home, choosing the perfect block of land is crucial. Here at Prime Design, we understand that this decision can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve compiled a list of six key considerations to keep in mind when selecting a suitable block of land. Here are 6 key considerations for choosing the right block of land to build on:

gentle slope of a side yard and angle of a new house with red brick

1. Location, size & shape

The location of your block can impact everything from the cost of construction to your lifestyle. Consider factors such as proximity to schools, public transportation, and shopping centres. The size and shape of the block will impact the design of the house.  For example, a long narrow block of land will require a design to suit. Speaking with a building designer or architect can assist you with choosing a suitable block for your desired home design.  





2. Orientation

The orientation of your block can impact your home’s energy efficiency. North-facing blocks are ideal for capturing sunlight, while south-facing blocks may require additional heating. In Tasmania, generally, North facing living areas are favoured too so that the areas that are used most in the home have maximum sunlight. Blocks that do not have a north-facing aspect may have access to less direct sunlight during the day and depending upon the orientation of the glazing may have issues with under and or overheating.

3. Slope

A sloping block can add character to your home, but it can also add complexity to the building process. Consider the degree of slope and whether it will require additional retaining walls or excavation. In some cases, this could greatly impact the cost of the build anywhere from 20-35% this is dependent on several factors including the design, amount of additional engineering, and/or retaining walls. There may also be some limitations on the design of the home because of the slope. 


4. Soil type

Different soil types can impact the foundation and construction process. Conducting a soil test can help you determine the soil conditions on site and the type of footings required and any additional costs. The composition of the soil and the soil quality is tested by a Geotechnical Engineer, who prepares a report on their findings and gives advice on the footings/earthworks most suitable for the soil conditions.


5. Zoning & planning restrictions

   Check with your local council to ensure that your block of land is suitable for the type of home you wish to build. Zoning, overlay and planning restrictions can impact everything from the size of your home to the materials used.

In Tasmania we work under the Tasmanian Planning Scheme that determines how land can be developed and utilised. Generally your proposal will fall into one of the following categories:

  • No permit required.
  • Permitted
  • Discretionary
  • Prohibited

There may also be specific overlays on your block which may require additional works and reports such as Bushfire Prone Areas, Landslip, Flood Risk or Priority Vegetation.

For more information visit planning and building permits and what to submit to council

6. Budget 

Finally, your budget will determine the size and style of the home you can build. Consider the cost of the land, construction costs, and any additional fees such as stamp duty.  It’s also important set aside a contingency of around 20% of the cost of the build for any unexpected costs that may arise.  Your builder or a qualified quantity surveyor will be able to assist you to determine some accurate costings for your build. Any overlays or restrictions placed on the property may affect the cost of your build and these are considerations you may need to make adjustments for.  Your chosen Building Designer or Architect will be able to guide you on possible restrictions on the block.


By keeping these six key considerations for choosing the right block of land to build on, you can select the perfect block of land for your dream home. At Prime Design, we work closely with our clients to ensure a seamless design process, considering all aspects of the land and surrounding environment. We can provide you with a report on the block you are looking to purchase to determine possible problem areas that may affect you moving forward with the purchase of the block. Contact us today to start designing your dream home, investment property or development


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