How to choose your perfect lot of land at Calderwood Valley
If you have decided to buy land to build, choosing the right lot for your needs now and in the future, is an essential part of the process! Your lot is where you’ll lay the foundations for a bright future and bring your dream home to life, so there are many things to consider.
We have rounded up our top tips to help you make the perfect choice:
- Consider the size and shape of the lot
Identifying the right sized lot is not to be overlooked! The block you choose will have to accommodate the house you’re planning on building – you may want room for a pool, or wish for a smaller and easy-to-maintain backyard.
Consider what your plans are for the future and what you may need in time to come. Do you have a growing family? Will you need plenty of space and room for teenagers? A family may need a larger block in order to have more bedrooms, dog owners may want a larger yard for their four-legged friends to play, and a single owner or a young professional couple may need less space.
When it comes to the shape of the lot, a flat, rectangular block that faces the street is commonly the most popular choice. In saying this, irregular shaped lots open up the opportunity for unique and creative design, and can give a real point of difference to your home. Irregular shaped blocks may have a range of unique benefits, such as a really wide frontage allowing side access or a more impressive façade. They may have outdoor living spaces to the side of the home or a more expansive wide back yard may also be achieved.
- Consider a split lot
If a split lot with a beautiful view is your dream, it’s a good idea to seek advice from a professional builder as to how you can maximise the benefits of a split lot in your home build.
A split lot is a great opportunity to create multi-level living spaces for growing families, and a spectacular opportunity for views and outdoor entertainment decks. Another benefit of choosing a split-level house design: the interior design will be far more unique, spacious, and multi-levelled than a regular level home design. From the open flow of the kitchen and living areas, to spreading out the bedrooms across two or three levels, your home will feel larger, and more spacious and luxurious.
- Choose your orientation
House orientation is all about the position of your home in regards to the sun and wind. According to the Australian Government guide to environmentally sustainable homes, orientation can increase the energy efficiency of your home, saving you money and creating a more comfortable environment to live in.
Because the path of the sun in Australia is to the north, orientation is usually about whether the living areas and windows of your home face north- this is because north-facing rooms receive sun for the longest period of the day in winter and are easily shaded by the eaves of the roof in Summer. As a result, this allows the house to receive enough natural light without overheating.
If you can’t purchase a north-facing block, there are plenty of design and landscaping options to help keep your home comfortable all year round!
- Location, Location, Location
Location is one of the most important things to consider when purchasing a block of land!
Ideally, the neighbourhood where you want to buy your lot of land should be nearby or have access to all of life’s essential amenities, including shopping and entertainment precincts, schools, hospitals, parks and public transport.
Remember to ask yourself, what established and planned amenities does the neighbourhood have? Will there be access to educational and retail infrastructure?
If you have a young or growing family with children, your ideal lot of land should be within a safe, family-friendly and well-designed community with dedicated recreational and green spaces for them to run and play with friends, including walking and bike trails, and adventure playgrounds for all ages.
Community, nature and convenience combine at Calderwood Valley
Homes at Calderwood Valley enjoy sweeping views of the iconic Illawarra escarpment, with everything you need to live well at your doorstep – from schools to childcare centres, parks, playgrounds, sportsgrounds, a village centre and town centre, as well as an extensive network of bike and walking trails to enjoy.