If you’re building in one of Perth’s new land estates, your home might need to adhere to design guidelines. These are individual to each estate and they ensure the homes have a consistent appeal. Not every estate has a set of guidelines, but your builder will advise what your home design needs to incorporate.
To view the design guidelines that are applicable to you, check out your land estate’s website or land contract. While it might seem overwhelming, we’ve listed the top 4 features that can change.
Elevation colour scheme
Don’t worry- this doesn’t mean you’re forced to choose only 2 or 3 colours for your elevation! Instead, design guidelines create a colour palette so homes have a consistent scheme (and to prevent a bright pink home!). It’s common for estates close to the coast to feature more blues and whites, whereas those near the bush include greens, reds and creams.
Like the colour scheme, feature materials complement the existing landscape. Weatherboard homes are more common on the coast (think of the Hamptons style). Brick elevations are more suited when inland- especially if combined with a wide Federation style verandah. Plus, some estates even have exclusive materials such as Rosehill Waters in South Guildford and their unique tiles.
Better for the environment
More land estates in Perth are starting to require inclusions (or exclusions) that use less energy. For example, dark roofs are highly heat absorbent so are commonly prohibited. Openings are encouraged in bathrooms and living areas to encourage cross ventilation. Also, east and west facing openings should be minimised or combined with extended eaves, awnings or pergolas.
To showcase the streetscape, items that detract from the view are to be moved from the primary street. This can include air-conditioning units being mounted to the site or rear, services such as clotheslines and hot water storage tanks hidden behind the fence