With the narrow blocks that are becoming more common you see a lot of new houses built right to the side boundary on both sides.
In some cases that can’t be avoided, but I think there is a real advantage in buying a block with enough room for a path on at least one side of the house, preferably both sides.
Here’s some reasons why:
There will be extra costs for special wall and roof details, constructing foundations, and building walls on the boundary.
You might have ongoing property maintenance issues if you fall out with your neighbour.
If you need to do some gardening you can avoid taking top soil, plants and other dirty things through the garage, or even the house, if the garage doesn’t have a back door.
Many properties have drainage or sewerage easements with a Manhole (or in these politically correct time an access pit). If the council/water authority needs access you may need to take time off work rather than just leave a gate open for the day.
If you have a dog in the back yard then looking through a gate helps to stop them getting bored while you are out at work.
If you want a detached property why have it looking like a terrace?
Perhaps there are some advantages of building to the boundary. If you have found any let me know.
For more things to think about when buying a block see:
I’ve heard people say that they have got the best house on the street……………………..but when you see it, its got the smallest garden, or sometimes no garden at all. They have overdeveloped and spent money they will never get back.
This photo shows one example. The house must be around 800-1,000sqm (say 100 squares). It would be twice the size of any of its neighbours.
Most people looking for a house expect a reasonable amount of garden for their children to run around in and room to have barbies in summer. Others want to grow veggies.
I certainly wouldn’t want to see a fence right in front of every downstairs window.
Remember at some stage every house is going to be sold.
If you overdevelop your block you are aren’t going to get as much interest in your home and less likely to get what you expect from the sale.
Signs of Over Development
Here are a few examples
Building a huge double storey house when all the surrounding houses are small singe storey.
The house is no more than 1 m from the side boundaries and no more than 2m from the back boundary.
A swimming pool fills the whole backyard.
Want to build a big house – make sure that you buy a big enough block to avoid falling into the over development trap. Don’t be like the owner of this house that’s been for sale for at least 6 months.
Have you ever been put off a house due to over development?