BEFORE YOU EVEN start THINKING ABOUT
BUILDING YOUR KIT HOME, BACKYARD POD or Granny Flat.
you need to do some home work first!
Step by step
The team at BRIbuild have put together a NO BULL TISH! approach to planning and building a kit home, Garden Studio, Backyard Pod or Granny Flat. An easy to understand guide to the tips and tricks related to every aspect of your building project.
We hope to educate you about the paper work and the associated bureaucracy. Why certain information is collected and how it is used. We also explain Building Permits and Local Council Requirements. We hope that we can save you a packet of money that you can contribute back into your building project.
We also share some video DIY guides and some award winning down to earth pod casts that can help you make decisions along your journey. Of course photos from our own client base showing how they progressed and completed their Kit building projects.
So lets get started!
Why are you building?
There are so many reasons why people build kit homes and granny flats and Garden Studios and .........
The main reason is the creation of that 'Dream Space'!
The 'Dream Space' on the new block of land!
The 'Dream Space' for your elderly family members!
The 'Dream Space' to read a book in the garden!
The 'Dream Space' to move teenagers away from your "space"
No matter the reason, there is always one factor that determines how wonderful your Dream Space is.........Budget!
the home work!
To determine your budget, your going to need to know every possible detail that will affect the costing of your building project. Building a kit home isn't all about the cost of materials, tool belts, hammers and drills! You also need to consider your location, your Council or Shire requirements and the cost of a building permit.
Let your home work begin! First of all you need to be very realistic about your budget. At a minimum spend including all of the council fees, engineering and assembly cost, on average in Australia we are around $2000 per/sqm So if you are building a 20m2 Garden Studio. Finished you would need to have an approx budget of $40,000. This is the reality of building today taking into account the cost of materials, the cost of trades and of course the cost of bureaucracy.
Yes we know that you can find "flat pack" bargains on the internet for way less per square meter...bla bla bla.. Your excitement will soon disappear when a building surveyor asks you for the certified engineering for your bargain, and where you purchased it from says that it doesn't have any. 🙁
Moving on...... Your Home Work! understanding any restrictions when building on your land according to council planning requirements. The key to this process is to spend as little money as possible to obtain the answers you need to move forward. Number 1. Rule at BRIbuild - never let the client spend unnecessary money on bureaucracy.
Call the council planning department and ask to talk with one of the town planners - Remember this is the initial conversation, you don't need to get into the specifics of what your wanting to build - your mission on this phone call is to obtain information about your land and any restrictions. The conversation is going to happen something like this.
Council Reception: Can I please take your name, contact number and the address of the location your wanting to make an enquiry about and I will have one of our town planners contact you.
Normally 2 hours - 2 days later....
Planner: so what is the primary building going to be used for. (avoid answering this question as there is many classification of building types your particular kit building fits into - we discuss this later. It's not important now move on.)
You: Hi, I'm wanting to make an enquiry about my land located at ............. I would like to know if I HAVE ANY PLANNING OVERLAYS.
Planner: Please hold while I have a look. (Normal)
At this point your trying to obtain information about: (take notes)
1. Easements on your property (an easement is an area on your property that might have government infrastructure located under your land - example: sewer line, gas main, HV lines)
2. Heritage overlays (Is your existing dwelling or land within a heritage zone)
3. Flood Zone - If so have them email you a map where the flood zone sits on your property.
4. Fire Zone - Now this is very important to all of our readers looking to build on a country block. (be relentless - get all the information possible in regards to the fire zone and its RATING - be informed about this overlay as it is the most common overlay to cause people trouble when applying for a building permit on a country block - have the planner send you this information in writing.
Once you have received all of this information via email....
You: Thank you very much for your time, I will be in contact soon with ELEVATIONS and a SITE PLAN for the planning departments review. (this will make you sound like you know exactly what is required for the next step)
your first mission complete!
Ok so now you have an overview of the council planning requirements. The next step in your "Gathering of information to establish a budget" is to consider where you would like to establish the new building on your property and how big your floor plan is going to be.