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Subdivision, easier than long division.

Posted on December 20, 2018

Subdivision is dividing up one block into multiple smaller blocks. But there’s a lot of confusion around subdivision, we’re here to clear that up. The main form of confusion is that in order to subdivide you have to obtain zoning permission form your local government. But different local governments have different zoning regulations depending on the size of your block.

But lucky for you that’s where we come in. We will work with you to sort through all the legalities and help determine what sort of subdivision will best suit your block and budget. Once we’ve sorted the legalities and planning we can begin designing. To help you wrap your head around the different types of development, here is a list of the most common types of developments:

Battleaxe

Battleaxe:

Sounds nasty but it’s really just building a house behind the existing house. A division of the existing block, creating a rear property with dedicated driveway access. The only catch is that the footings of the existing house must stay the same, so you can build up, but you can’t build out.

Duplex or triplex

Duplex or triplex:

There are different versions of duplex or triplex options available, depending on the size, shape and local regulations of your block. Some configurations are:

  • Similar to battleaxe formation you can add multiple buildings behind the existing home — without altering the footings of the existing building.
  • Demolish the existing building and build 2 or 3 new homes on the land.
  • Or you can demolish and create a side by sides layout this is a lengthwise division allowing for two homes to sit side-by-side along the street.

Multi-unit

Multi-unit:

Anything over two homes on a block including a triplex (three homes) or a quadruplex (four homes). This involves demolishing the existing building and replacing with a collection of conjoined homes.

Please remember that different local councils have different rules governing how you can subdivide your block, but don’t worry, we will sort out all the legalities for you and let you know exactly what you can do with your block. Trying to navigate a subdivision can be tricky so its best to leave it to someone who is experience with these specific kinds of builds.

There are many ways to subdivide depending on your location block and budget, get in touch today to see how we can help you subdivide your block.

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