Here are 8 ideas on what to look for in terms of Design criteria for a house renovation in Adelaide.
1/ House should be rear-facing (North in Adelaide) to take into consideration winter Sun.
2/ No windows should face West.
If the house faces West these should be as small as possible to reduce Summer afternoon sun heat ingress in Adelaide.
3/ House should be articulated with wall control joints above window and door heads to break up walls and minimise movement.
4/ Brick Veneer walls are best suited to Adelaide conditions in terms of movement.
Timber wall frames and plasterboard are highly flexible when compared to solid masonry.
5/ An engineered floating floor slab over whole area of the house is the best way to ensure that the house has minimal movement. A floor slab post 1988 is generally engineered and has a much higher ability to resists ground heave movement when compared to a house with a concrete strip footing.
6/ Avoid houses on sloping sites.
7/ Avoid houses with large trees close to the house.
8/ Avoid houses in areas with highly reactive soils.
Generally these are around the base of the foothills. ie Rostrevor, Mitcham, Campbelltown etc.
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