How to Navigate Building Difficulties

From Boundary Disputes to Second Story Building

The innocent-looking, understated phrase “building difficulties” hides a whole range of possible issues and frustrations for new home builders.

These are the problems that can sabotage a building project and it’s best to be prepared for them. Better still, you need to know how to fix them. We’re going to give you an overview of some of the most common problems and fixes when it comes to new builds, extensions or renovations.

Typical Building Difficulties

These are some of the most common problems that throw a spanner in the works:

Boundary fence disputes: This isn’t just about nosy neighbours – boundary disputes can include possibly expensive ramifications, from building issues to title issues. It’s not all that uncommon for a fence to be on one side or the other of your property boundary. When faced with this type of issue, talk to the professionals before you engage in any sort of dispute with your neighbour. Check your boundary and ask your builder about the issues this could pose before spending a cent.

Second storey building: Building a second storey is a great idea for homeowners but it might not look so good to a neighbour when you are looking into their yard or their home. This is a totally avoidable problem – talk to your neighbours first, get their opinion on your second storey, and ask them if they have any issues with your plans. Building without consulting neighbours is one of the most common causes of major legal disputes. These disputes can end up costing more than the cost of adding a second storey itself, so it’s best to be careful.

Drainage: Inadequate drainage may create runoff onto your property or off your property. A lot of extra water can do serious structural damage and erode soil, causing more problems for both you and your neighbours. The usual cause of drainage problems is a lack of thought and planning. If water is diverted by a new build, for whatever reason, the result may be expensive property damage and related legal action.

The bottom line is this – before building, make absolutely sure that your drainage is adequate for your needs and non-destructive to other properties. Ask your builder for any information about possible drainage problems at the planning stage. Do not wait until you’ve made a major financial commitment to discover these very avoidable problems.

Private spaces in general: This problem is usually unintentional on all sides. Your neighbours have a gut reaction to a new feature which they think is intrusive on their private space. Maybe a new deck happens to overlook a neighbour or your barbeque has been built too close to their property. The best fix is privacy screens on both sides, or on a fence. Talk to your builders about managing possible issues, and also talk to your neighbours – preferably with your designer – and find a mutually acceptable solution. 

Need Some Help with Your Building Plans?

If you need expert help with your new build, home renovations or home extensions in Auckland, talk to Next Level Construct. We can help you avoid problems and show you how to manage any unavoidable building difficulties. Call us on 09 478 3639 or contact us online to solve your property problems!

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