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8 tips for building a Northern Beaches home
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When building a new home on the Northern Beaches you want to be prepared on all levels.

8 tips for building a Northern Beaches home
So to help you out Peninsula Homes has created a list of some of the essentials you will need to know before building.

1. OUTDOOR LIVING AREA

We have such a wonderful outdoor environment to enjoy. Having an outdoor living area is an essential ingredient to any new Northern Beaches home. This part of the home should be far more than a simple deck with a pergola. It’s always best to incorporate it into the design of the home right from the beginning.

Here’s some features to consider for your outdoor living area:

2. A SECOND OUTDOOR LIVING AREA

This is a feature that is often overlooked but can be incredibly beneficial when designed right. The idea is to have one area that’s exposed to the cool afternoon/evening breeze (for those hot summer evenings) and a second that’s sheltered when it gets cool or too windy. To have the option of which area to use makes sure you’re always able to enjoy the outdoors.

3. CROSS FLOW VENTILATION

Being so close to the coast, it makes sense to make full use of nature’s air conditioning. Opening one window in a room will let in some air; opening another window in the same room or the end of a hallway can greatly increase that airflow. Couple this idea with flexible windows that can remain open when you’re out or during rain. It will make a major difference to your home.

4. INSULATION

When it comes to insulation, most people think of ceiling batts and that’s all. Yet to completely insulate a home requires an comprehensive approach. Effective insulation doesn’t stop at reducing your energy consumption and costs. It also makes living in your home that much more comfortable. Some insulation items to consider and include are:

5. VIEWS

If you are building on the oceanfront, trying to optimise your views should be a no brainer. But what about in areas on the Northern Beaches without an ocean view? Considered placement of windows can turn them into picture frames of your gardens, the sky or even a neighbour’s tree. A pleasant outlook can have a wonderful impact on your day to day living.

6. COMPLIANCE

This can make or break your plans to develop your block of land. There are many guidelines and rules that relate to building on the Northern Beaches. Getting to the right outcome can take an enormous amount of work behind the scenes. But it’s well worth the effort to completely grasp the rules and regulations specified by local Councils.
Some basic points to ask about when considering a new home:

The compliance of your home requires the work of professionals who know the rules and how to apply them. Getting this right at the start can not only save you money but also ensures your build process runs smoothly.

7. KNOW YOUR GROUND

A lot will change with your new home but one thing that will never change is the ground that it’s built on. Not surprising, the Northern Beaches has a wide variety of soil types and ground conditions. At the extremes, it can vary from the hardest of sandstones to the softest of sands. You could also encounter underground water or have issues with overland water flow. Most often, local knowledge and experience is the best way to avoid any issues. If the structural elements of your home are correctly designed, they’ll take into account your site conditions. Then once the build starts, there will be no surprises on site.

8. COASTAL ENVIRONMENT

Our coastal environment provides some specific challenges. Salt corrosion is the most common and can be partly overcome by using the appropriate materials. Don’t be fooled though. Even when using the correct materials, they’ll need ongoing maintenance to prolong working life. Here’s some simple ideas to help maintain your property:

Another less considered challenge when on the coast is the wind driven rain and heavy local storms. Attention to detail in the design and construction of your home is the best way to defend against this. When done right, you may not notice the difference, but you definitely will if it’s not!

It all can be a bit overwhelming when you first set out to build your home. But that’s why we’re here! We’re more than happy to provide an info pack and a quote to help get you started on the path to building your own home.

For more information

Peninsula Homes
 



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