Our Bayside builders explain the challenges of building in Brighton

Bayside builders

Our Bayside builders explain the challenges of building in Brighton

At Blint Design + Construction, we’re a bit different from other bespoke builders: namely, we work solely in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs and the immediate surrounds.

It might not sound like much, but this is an important point of distinction.

Simply put, it means that we know first-hand just what unique challenges a building project can face in the Bayside suburbs.

If you engage a builder that’s based in the opposite end of the city, there’s no guarantee they’ll be familiar with the area.

Bayside builders, on the other hand? That’s a different story!

Today, we’ll be using Brighton as an example.

We’ll be explaining some of the challenges unique to this exclusive suburb, and how contracting a Brighton builder helps you avoid them.

So, what types of challenges are we talking about?

1) Heritage overlays

Just as an individual house can be heritage-listed, so too can an entire neighbourhood!

Think of a Heritage Overlay (HO) as a heritage listing, but applied to an entire area. Essentially, every property that falls into the specified area bears historical significance. 

As such, houses, properties and trees within heritage overlays are subject to additional requirements and extra-stringent checks and permits before any renovation, construction or restored can begin.

There are a lot of properties in Brighton that are located in heritage overlays – click here to find out if your property is one of them.

How can you be sure that your building or renovation project will be approved by the council? By engaging a Brighton builder, that’s how.

Since we build solely in the local area, we’ve become intimately familiar with the heritage requirements that come with building in Brighton.

2) Planning permits

If you want to make changes to a property in Brighton, you will need a planning permit from the Bayside City Council.

That’s because Bayside suburbs like Brighton have a distinct historical character. Our streets are populated with older houses, many dating back to Federation and earlier.

The council has an interest in maintaining this unique character as much as possible – hence, you’ll have to apply for a planning permit when building in Bayside.

Some of the things that can affect your odds of getting a permit include:

  • How well your architectural plan fits the neighbourhood
  • If the materials are visually consistent with the surrounds
  • Whether your plan would intrude on others’ privacy
  • Added congestion (though this usually refers to commercial construction)

These are just some of the things that are considered during your application. Also bear in mind that outside parties can object to a planning permit through the Bayside City Council.

As you can see, there’s a lot of things to consider. To help, Bayside City Council provides the option of discussing your project plans with a planner.

However, we suggest cutting out the middleman and saving yourself some money choosing a Bayside builder who knows that will get approved, and what won’t.

Since our bespoke builders work solely in Bayside, we’ve had to file our fair share of permit applications. We’ve gotten pretty good at it!

During the design and architecture process, we’ll help you navigate the permit requirements, and choose features and materials that are suitable for your area

3) Salinity 

Salinity is definitely a problem for many areas of Bayside – in particular, seaside suburbs like Brighton.

Salinity refers to the salt content in water. High concentrations of salt can cause a lot of issues for construction.

In particular, salinity is a big issue for homes made out of brick, mortar or stone. 

When salt and moisture can be carried by ocean breezes, and absorbed by building materials. While water may evaporate, salt crystals stay behind. 

These crystals will create voids within the brick or concrete and threaten the strength and solidity of certain materials.

What’s more, these salt crystals expand and move around when exposed to heat or additional moisture, spreading the problem.

As a suburb that’s right next to the beach, building projects in many parts of Brighton need to carefully consider and plan around these issues.

Other builders might not have much experience designing houses for these conditions – however, our Brighton builders do!

Brighton builderBuilding in Bayside? Choose our Bayside builders!

As bespoke Bayside builders, we’re accustomed to tailoring our builds to the needs of our clients – that includes location-specific challenges and unique council requirements.

Combined with our long history of building in the Bayside suburbs – exclusively – we’re intimately familiar with permits and construction challenges like salinity and navigating the narrow streets that characterise the area.

It’s clear why our Bayside builders are the best team for building projects in Melbourne’s southeast!

Built for the Few

However, that isn’t the only thing that sets us apart – Blint is Built for the Few.

What does that mean?

We’ll only take on a handful of projects at a time. This ensures that your dream home is getting the one-on-one attention it deserves.

Of course, it also means that our talented architects and builders are in high demand – if you want us to work on your project, you’ll need to move fast!

Give us a call on (03) 9576 8686, or click here to tell us a little about your dreams for your current home, dream home, or knockdown and rebuild project.