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Latest entries about important issues from the architectural design, building and planning industries and how they influence building decisions across Melbourne

How to choose a Builder in Melbourne by their quotes


Step 1

You would want to have at least 5-6 quotes to assess from.

How long did the builder take to get the quote to you?
Did the builder from Melbourne ask for further detail or information before he quoted?
Does the quote have an estimated figure plus variation costs?
Visit their previous work.

1 – How […]

April 11th, 2014|Building Plans, Town Planning|

How to choose a Builder in Melbourne from their quotes

Step 1

You will need to have all your working drawings, structural engineering, energy reports, soil reports, specifications in order for a builder in Melbourne to quote on your project, if you don’t have these, they will not take the time to give you a quote and it is both a waste of your time and […]

April 9th, 2014|Building Plans, Town Planning|

How to choose a Builder in Melbourne by the way the site looks

How to choose a Builder in Melbourne
April 9th, 2014|Building Plans, Town Planning|

Building In A Bushfire Prone Area

Are you building in a bushfire prone area?
Building in a bushfire area requires careful town planning, siting and design. Buildings
must be designed and constructed to minimise the risk of ignition from a bushfire.

Following the recent bushfires in Victoria there are new regulations which involves
the site to have an assessment done which is called a BAL […]

April 6th, 2014|Building Plans, Town Planning|

Speeding up the Town Planning Process

The following principles underpin your town  planning permit process:
• Strategic basis – your proposal  addressing schemes concisely and clearly express a strategic vision and policy basis approach.

• Clear and consistent – Standard provisions apply across the State and are clearly expressed, and having your application address these in the form required by council to highlight clear and consistant information.
• […]

April 6th, 2014|Town Planning|

What you should know when building a wall on a boundary

Arky Design Permits is encouraging anyone planning to build on the boundary of a property to make sure they accurately identify the title boundary line to avoid encroaching on an adjacent property.

any encroachment may be considered a trespass of land.

“Encroachment could result in the adjacent land owner taking the property owner to court to seek […]

April 1st, 2014|Building Plans, New Homes, Town Planning|

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos was used in firmly-bound and loosely-bound building materials throughout homes built before the late
1980s. The most common asbestos is in firmly-bound, which was used in:
• Asbestos-cement sheeting;
• Fibro water or flue pipes;
• Roof shingles;
• Flexible building boards;

• Imitation cladding;
• Plaster patching compounds;
• Textured paint;
• Vinyl floor tiles; and
• The backing of linoleum floor coverings. […]

March 30th, 2014|New Homes|

When Do I Need A Planning Permit?

While building permits generally relate to the construction of a building or development, planning permits relate to the zoning of the land, including whether the land can be used for residential or commercial developments. Not all projects need a planning permit.

Planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development, and may […]

March 28th, 2014|New Homes|

Building A Home- Tips For Attaining A Cooler Home Enviroment

The design of your house is a very important matter when building in Melbourne. By using the right building plans, you can save a considerable amount of money. It is possible to build an effective home by using the right design and construction process. If you are thinking of applying for building permits to execute a […]

March 20th, 2014|Building Plans, New Homes, Town Planning|

Do I need a council permit for a deck or pergola?


Arranging and paying for permits is the right thing to do, and will ensure that your decking and pergolas are built safely and properly.

When it comes time to building your deck or pergola, you will first need to make sure that you have approval from your local council. Though you may be advised by friends […]

January 22nd, 2014|New Homes|