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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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The Different Types of Construction Surveys

by Chloe Cooper

Construction surveys have been in existence for thousands of years. They are an integral part of any construction project and should be done meticulously to ensure the success of a construction project. Today there are many, varied types of construction surveys that help construction & contractors in the building industry. Some of these surveys include;

Quantity Surveys

Quantity surveys mainly deal with costs and ensuring a construction project remains within budget at every construction stage. Thus, a quantity surveyor will advise construction & contractors cost. A quantity survey will give details on all costs a construction project is expected to incur from the start to end date.

Land Surveys

A land survey helps create site plans for civil engineering and construction projects. It allows contractors know the shape of the land and work the landscape efficiently to finish a project on time. Land surveys are useful in various projects including bridges, mines, tunnels, roads, quarries, etc.

Some of the works involved in preparing a land survey include;

•    The collection, storing, handling and delivery of relevant topographical information.

•    Assessment surveys on suitability of potential building sites

•    Mapping out exact coordinates on-site using GPS and other surveying devices.

•    Monitoring natural land movements during construction

Engineering Surveys

Engineering surveys cover all of projects engineering aspects including structural design, topography, layout and civil works. The primary purpose of these surveys is to determine the conditions of the construction site before, during or after construction. Engineering surveys also help builders' civil engineers and architects prepare their base plans.

Planning and Development Surveys

The primary purpose of the above survey is to design, assess and manage a building project. As each project has its own continuously changing variables, a planning and development surveyor is often involved in every project phase. Some of the details contained in a planning and development survey include:

•    Information on how feasible the projects building plans are.

•    Contracts and tender details negotiated.

•    Information on the execution of all other building plans.

Building Surveys

Building surveys give information about the design and construction details of a new building. These surveys also contain information on how the building will meet all necessary regulations and fire safety measures. A building survey may, as well, be requested for a finished project to map out structural faults and make recommendations on how to fix them.

Construction surveys are an integral part of large construction projects including roads, dams, railways, bridges, skyscrapers, residential high-rises. Such surveys must, therefore, be conducted by a qualified professional who has been approved to work in Australia by relevant authorities.