How to Design Your Aurora Home Facade
To maintain the visual effect of Aurora’s carefully master planned community, Aurora has some compulsory guidelines on how the façade (or front) of your new home should look. These help ensure every street in Aurora has the advantage of looking high quality and at its best. Following these will ensure your house fits in with those around it and provide uniformity across the neighbourhood for everyone to enjoy.
Some good general tips for a modern and classy home façade include:
Highlight the entrance to your home
Ensuring you can see the front door from the street, providing a separate pathway to the front door (instead of using the driveway) and building a covered entry that extends forward from the rest of the house will make your new home seem more welcoming.
Windows should take up at least 20% of the overall façade
It’s best if you design your house so that the windows that overlook the street (or any public space) are from parts of the house that you live in (for instance, a living room or a bedroom, not a toilet or a laundry). This means that when you are home you can always be taking advantage of the views over Aurora.
It is also important to ensure your window designs match the overall look and feel of your home to keep it architecturally consistent.
Give your home depth with an extended roof
Eaves, entries, verandahs and rooves that extend over the front of a house give the house perspective and depth as well as providing practical and free weather insulation.
Another way to achieve this is to recess your front windows and doors (or set them back) to allow the roofing to overhang.
Don’t copy your neighbours
While it is important for the homes in the Aurora community to have the same overall feel, your house should still reflect some of your family’s own personality and character. When you submit your design approval you will not be allowed to submit anything that is exactly the same as any house within three lots on either side of your home or directly across the road. This also ensures that you don’t have the awkward situation of a new neighbour copying your house either.
The exception for this is for purchasers who have bought into Medium Density or Integrated housing sites in Aurora.
Think of your garden as an extension of your home
How you landscape your front garden adds to the overall look of your home façade. Match the look and feel of your building with well maintained lawns and gardens to enhance the warmth of your home.
Single storey home guidelines
According to the Aurora Home Design Guidelines, there must be an articulation (or a difference) between the front wall of the house and the garage if your house is single storey. These means the two cannot line up – one must be sit slightly in front of or behind the other. It is preferred if the front wall of the house is in front of the garage and the minimal alignment variation is 500mm. If you chose to have the garage set in front of the front wall of the house then the maximum distance of protrusion allowed is 1 metre and the roof above your entrance must extend past this.
Double storey home guidelines
According to the Aurora Home Design Guidelines, if your home is double storey and at least 40% of the width of the façade is covered in a 1.5 metre deep covered verandah or balcony, then the garage and the front façade of the house do not need to be articulated (in other words, they are allowed to line up). The covered verandah or balcony must reach up to the first floor of the house.