Building on Sloping Land – Part One

Ever wondered why that steep block of land is so cheap and has been on the market for so long?

building-on-sloping-landWhen purchasing a steep or sloping block of land, there are a number of factors to take into consideration when designing and building a house. The first thing that needs to be taken into account is the true levels and fall of the land. For this to be determined a licensed surveyor should be engaged to calculate the slope and gradient of the ground. Once these levels are known the designer or draftsperson will be able to determine the building pad and floor levels to which the house will need to be built.

The other important thing the contour survey will show is the amount of retaining walls or ground batters that will be required and where these will be placed. Although a steep block of land may appear to be cheaper in the real estate agents shop window, in the long run it is often a more expensive build when retaining walls and earthworks are taken into account. That same block of land has often passed through a number of owners hands, who have all come to the same conclusion that the cost of land is only one part of the final overall cost and the expensive part is often the build.

Information from Tweed Shire Council:

The Tweed Shire Council has fact sheets available on designing a home, including building on sloping land. You can download this fact sheet here:

Fact Sheet 4 – Working with Sloping Sites (1MB PDF)

Click on image for larger version (image credit: Tweed Shire Council):

Page from Tweed Council

BRAND NEW SELECTION OF FASHION

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The Haute house was the name established by government for the fashion houses that met the standards of industry. These fashion houses have to adhere to standards such as keeping at least twenty employees engaged in making the clothes, showing two collections per year at fashion shows, and presenting a certain number of patterns to costumers. Since then, the idea of the fashion designer as a celebrity in his or her own right has become increasingly dominant.

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The idea of unisex dressing originated in the 1960s when designers such as Pierre Cardin and Rudi Gernreich created garments, such as stretch jersey tunics or leggings, meant to be worn by both males and females. The impact of unisex expands more broadly to encompass various themes in fashion including androgyny, mass-market retail, and conceptual clothing. The fashion trends of the 1970s, such as sheepskin jackets, flight jackets, duffel coats, and unstructured clothing influenced men to attend social gatherings.

Some men’s styles blended the sensuality and expressiveness despite the conservative trend, the growing gay-rights movement and an emphasis on youth allowed for a new freedom to experiment with style, fabrics such as wool crepe.

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Otto von Bismarck

A really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in the success.

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Restaurant guides review restaurants, often ranking them or providing information to guide consumers (type of food, handicap accessibility, facilities, etc.). One of the most famous contemporary guides is the Michelin series of guides which accord from 1 to 3 stars to restaurants they perceive to be of high culinary merit. Restaurants with stars in the Michelin guide are formal, very expensive establishments.

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The main competitor to the Michelin guide in Europe is the guidebook series published by Gault Millau. Unlike the Michelin guide which takes the restaurant décor and service into consideration with its rating, Gault Millau only judges the quality of the food. Its ratings are on a scale of 1 to 20, with 20 being the highest.

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BRAND NEW BARBER SHOP JUST OPENED

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In modern times, the term “barber” is used both as a professional title and to refer to hairdressers who specialize in men’s hair. Historically, all hairdressers were considered barbers. In the 20th century, the profession of cosmetology branched off from barbering, and today hairdressers may be licensed as either barbers or cosmetologists. Barbers differ with respect to where they work, which services they are licensed to provide, and what name they use to refer to themselves.

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Removal of mandatory rainwater tanks

The Queensland Government recently amended legislation removing the requirement for compulsory water tanks to new houses. This change came into effect on 1 February 2013. Originally introduced to help provide assistance to Queensland households during drought and low rainfall periods, the current government has removed the requirement to help alleviate the rising cost of building new houses. The cost of having a tank can be around the $6000 mark by the time the water is plumbed into the household fixtures and fittings.

Certain developments and estates may still require rainwater tanks to be included as part of their conditions, so if looking to purchase a new block of land take into account these possible additional costs.

THIS IS A GALLERY POST

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BLACK COFFEE IN THE MORNING

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THIS IS A FASHION VIDEO POST

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BOOST UP YOUR CREATIVITY

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