• Ar. Stephanie L.P. Chan

First home builders

A home is a special place, a haven for rest, a place of love, a space of peace. For any first time home builders, this first step towards building your dream home can be daunting one. It’s not uncommon to have many questions. I’ve received numerous inquiries on the procedures and processes involved in getting your home designed and constructed to finally moving in. So I’ve compiled some simple pointers to send you on the right path.

Ready to take the plunge? Start your engines & Let’s gooooooo!


Now assuming you’ve got your location identified, the first thing you’d want to do is to check your land title. I get many people asking me how many units can I build on my land?

The conditions stated in the land title determines what you are allowed to build

Agricultural land allows up to 1 residential unit

Perumahan Am or Residential syarat allows up to 24 units per acre

No commercial uses or activities are allowed on land conditions such as these

Ok so now you know what and how much you can build. Let’s move on


Landowners also usually want to know the types of houses they are allowed to build. Detached, semi-detached and terrace houses.

Unit types are largely dependent on lot boundaries

Plot widths will also dictate the unit types that can be built

It’s best to get a professional consultation as this area varies greatly from lot to lot.


The other common questions I get are how many storeys can I build? Again, there is a pretty standard rule of thumb

Maximum of 4 storeys is the standard

Certain distances within the radius of mosques dictates heights

14m is the general maximum height for residences

Most home builders rarely go over these set limits, so not to worry!


You are never ever allowed to build up to the limit of your lot! Irregardless of your lot size and locations there will always be setback limitations. Some people come to me saying “eh why? My land so big, still got space!” Be it the case, there are still setback guidelines to follow

Setback are distances in which no building may be erected

Usually the front requires a 6M setback

The rear and sides are 3M each

Setbacks are also governed by the location of the lot

Tip here for those buying ready-made homes, check the setbacks before purchase as that will give you an idea of how much future space you have for extensions!

These are pretty standard basic points for home builders. But it definitely varies depending on your particular lot. You can always pop into TCP Town & Country Planning at Old Airport Road. The counter folks there are very friendly and helpful with any public inquiries. Walk in with your land title and they’ll more than likely be able to assist you.

If all else fails then, of course you can, and should Ask An Architect

There’s no place like home and thank you, thank you, thank you for reading

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