The Reserve is a master-planned residential estate designed to create a sense of community.
When you build your home in The Reserve it is natural that you expect the surrounding houses to be well presented with home designs of a high standard, the Design Guidelines offer peace of mind that your investment is secure by committing all residents to a high standard of housing, landscaping and streetscape.
Diversity and innovation of design is encouraged.
The Design Guidelines are put in place to help create a high quality living environment and enhance the amenity of the community for all residents.
Site Planning and Building Location
• Only one dwelling is permitted per lot.
• A Setbacks Plan has been approved by Council as part of the subdivision approval for the estate. Homes are to be sited in accordance with the approved Setbacks Plan, a copy of which can be obtained from the Developer or Council.
• Maximum site cover to be in accordance with the approved Setbacks Plan.
Minimum Floor Area
• The home must have a minimum internal floor area of 180m2, including garages and outdoor covered areas but excluding verandahs and outbuildings.
• Homes are designed to address both the primary and secondary street frontages.
• Design features such as verandahs, porticos, feature windows, façade detailing and building articulation are required.
• Avoid long blank walls with small windows.
• Long walls to secondary street frontages will require articulation.
• Building height must not exceed 8.5m above natural ground level.
• A maximum of 2 storeys is permitted.
Exterior Wall Finishes to Street Facades
• The finish of external walls that face a street must comprise a minimum of 2 building materials (with no one material comprising less than 15% of the façade area) inclusive of:
o Rendered or bagged and painted masonry
o Face brick
o Timber as a feature element (e.g. timber posts on a portico or a gable infill feature)
o Weatherboard (or similar profiled claddings), plywood or fibre cement sheeting with cover strips, all with a paint or stained finish.
o Stone cladding
o Alternative materials may be approved by the DRP where it is considered they provide a quality architectural finish that is in keeping with the intent of these guidelines.
o Garage doors will not be considered as a separate building material unless they are a feature door.
o It is advised that you discuss your design proposals with the DRP prior to detailed design.
• The exterior wall, roof, window and trim colours of the home should compliment the natural environment. Earthy, natural, muted hues and tones are to be used in conjunction with complimentary trim colours and materials or feature elements.
• Bold bright colours are generally unacceptable, but may be considered by the DRP in small feature panels.
• All building materials and colours are to be identified on the plans submitted to the DRP.
• The minimum roof pitch for conventional hipped roofs will be 22.5 degrees.
• Modern and contemporary roof forms with reduced roof pitches are encouraged.
• Concrete, terra cotta or slate roof tiles.
• Non-reflective, corrugated metal roof sheeting.
Roof Overhang (Eaves)
• The approved Setbacks Plan permits eaves (excluding gutters) to extend up to 600mm within side and rear setback areas (other than where walls are built to the boundary), provided that a minimum boundary clearance of 400mm to eaves and gutters is provided. This relaxation is to be ultilised wherever possible.
• Houses without eaves or overhangs are generally considered unacceptable.
• Enclosed garage accommodation is provided for a minimum of 2 cars, and a maximum of 3 cars.
• Detached garages or carports are not permitted.
• Garages do not dominate the streetscape.
• Driveways do not dominate the streetscape and are no wider than 5.5m.
• Appropriate materials include pavers, exposed aggregate and stamped, stenciled or coloured concrete.
• Tracks are not permitted.
• Driveways must be completed in a timely manner after completion of the house.
• The minimum landscaping that must be provided in the front yards includes:
o 2 trees/shrubs of 45 litre stock.
o 8 plants of 450mm container stock.
o Mulched garden beds
o Turf to the remainder of the landscape area.
• Any street planting fronting the lot and provided by the Developer must be retained and maintained by the Buyer.
• Landscape works must be completed prior to occupation of the house.
• Private landscaping and vacant lots are maintained to a good standard at no cost to the Developer.
Fencing to Primary Street Frontages
• Fencing to the primary street frontage is no more than 1.5m high.
• Fencing to the primary street frontage is constructed of materials that compliment the house design, such as rendered masonry, timber or metal battens or masonry piers with timber or metal infill panels.
• Timber paling fences are not permitted on primary street frontages.
Fencing to Side and Rear Boundaries
• Side and rear fencing between adjoining lots is a maximum of 1.8m high and of timber paling construction.
• Any side fences extending beyond the front of the building line are a maximum of 1.5m high and must meet the requirements for fencing to primary street frontages.
• Where no front fence is installed, the side boundary fence does not extend beyond 1m behind the front building line.
Fencing to Corner Lots
• Fencing to the primary street frontage meets the above requirements for fencing to primary street frontages.
• Fencing to the secondary street frontage is a maximum of 1.8m high, and constructed of materials that compliment the house design, such as rendered masonry, timber or metal battens, masonry piers with timber or metal infill panels or painted timber paling fence with expressed posts and no rails facing the street.
Any fencing constructed by the Developer is to be retained and maintained by the Buyer.
Occupation of Dwelling
The Buyer shall not occupy the dwelling until all relevant approvals and certificates have been issued.
Use of Dwelling and Land
No dwelling house may be used as a display home without the Developers and Councils consent.
Approvals Notwithstanding the conditions of these guidelines, it is the Buyers sole responsibility to ensure that all federal, state and local government laws and regulations are complied with.
Existing or Temporary Structures
The Buyer shall not erect, bring upon or permit to remain upon the Lot any structure previously erected on another lot or any caravan, tent or living shelter of any kind.
Bins, storage areas, garden sheds, rainwater tanks, clotheslines, hot water systems or air conditioners should not be visible from the street frontage. Where possible these elements should be shown on the plans submitted to the DRP.
Signs or hoardings advertising products or businesses are not permitted on residential lots with the exception of approved display homes. Builder or tradesman signs are permitted where they are required during construction, but must be removed at completion of construction. It is not intended to prevent placement of signage on completed and occupied dwellings for the purpose of a home-based business, and carried out in accordance with Council requirements.
Tanks shall be installed in accordance with all local and state government requirements. In addition, tanks shall be installed where they are not visible from the street. Tank locations should be shown on the plans submitted to the DRP.
Letter boxes shall be installed prior to occupying the dwelling. Temporary or make-shift letter boxes are not permitted. The design of letter boxes should compliment the dwelling design.
The Lot shall be kept in a neat and tidy condition and maintained free of long grass, weeds and rubbish before, during and after construction works. The Buyer shall not permit rubbish or waste, whether builder’s or household, to be placed on any other lot or land. If, in the opinion of the Developer, rubbish has accumulated or there is excess growth on the land then the Developer or Developers agents may enter the Lot for the purpose of rectification. The Buyer will pay the Developer on demand the costs of carrying out any such work.
If the Buyer or any of the Buyer’s employees, agents, independent contractors or subcontractors damage any soft or hard landscaping within road reserve or park, the Buyer shall be responsible for rectifying that damage at the Buyers cost.
Through compliance with these guidelines the Buyer will be able to design their own unique home, whilst helping to create an attractive overall streetscape for the estate.
The Developer (has same meaning as Seller) encourages a variety of architectural styles and materials in the design of your home.
Construction of your home should be undertaken in a timely manner and without unreasonable delay.
The DRP may in its absolute discretion relax, vary, exclude or not enforce the Design Guidelines in this stage and/or any other stages within the estate.
The Design Guidelines apply in addition to, and not in lieu of, other statutory requirements. Approval from the Local Government and/or a registered building certifier will still be required in addition to any approval given in relation to these guidelines.
You must obtain approval from the Design Review Panel (DRP) of your house design prior to lodging any applications with the Local Government and/or a private certifier for building approval.
The Design Guidelines form part of your purchase contract and must be complied with.
Disclaimer: This is an extract from The Reserve Caboolture Design Guidelines 2015.
Buyers of lots in “The Reserve” should read the Design Guidelines carefully and seek professional advice regarding the meaning and effect of the “Design Guidelines”.