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Setting up your new house on your land is not a step to take lightly. Any bad calculation can considerably change the comfort of your new home. In addition to the natural constraints of the plot, it is necessary to think about network connections, exposure but also take into account town planning rules. Fortunately, Maison SIC, a professional company in the construction of new homes for over 50 years, is here to help you!


1. Take into account town planning rules for the establishment of your individual house

The installation of a new house is a complex process, invariably beginning with the consultation of the Local Urban Planning Plan (PLU) of your municipality.

Accessible at the town hall, the PLU is an essential guide which defines the construction conditions on your land, in particular the distances to be respected from at the boundaries of the property and the architectural standards to follow, essential for obtaining a building permit.

In case of purchase in a subdivision, it is important to note that the rules can be even more specific. The subdivision regulations may impose additional requirements such as roof orientation or parking arrangements, having a direct impact on the design of your home.

Beyond these rules, it is also crucial to consider Departmental Health Regulations and public utility easements. These regulatory aspects may restrict your construction options, for example, by designating certain areas of your land as unbuildable.

Taking into account all these town planning rules is essential not only for the legality of your project but also for ensure architectural coherence with the environment of your future home.

These regulations influence various elements, from the maximum height of the construction to the harmonious integration of outdoor facilities such as swimming pools or garages.

In this complex framework, the expertise of Maisons SIC becomes essential. Our team of professionals is committed to integrate all these standards from the start of your project. So you can concentrate on creating your ideal home, with complete peace of mind and compliance, knowing that every regulatory aspect is scrupulously taken into account.



2. Set up your house with the right exposure for the application of the Bbio certificate

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The energy performance of a new house is today at the heart of the concerns of builders and owners. It is in this spirit that RE 2020 thermal regulations introduced the Bbio certificate, an indicator of the bioclimatic quality of a building.

This certificate guarantees that the location of the house takes advantage of optimal exposure to minimize energy consumption and reduce its environmental impact.. A well-oriented house is therefore synonymous with sustainability and constitutes a major asset in the event of resale on the real estate market.


Choosing the orientation for comfort and economy

The orientation of your house is decisive for taking full advantage of the sun:

  • Living rooms, such as the living room or kitchen, will benefit from a south or southwest orientation to capture heat and natural light, which is essential for reducing heating costs in winter.
  • Service or less frequented spaces, such as the garage or storeroom, can be oriented to the north, where the sunlight is less direct.
  • To the rooms, the west is often favored to avoid summer overheating,
  • The bathroom can be placed indifferently, provided it is well ventilated.
  • Concerning The terraces, a double orientation is advantageous to adapt to different seasons.

A professional (like SIC houses) can guide you to a construction plan adapted to the exposure of your land.

By placing the living rooms to the south and by favoring large openings, the house will benefit from better thermal comfort and notable energy savings. Indeed, good orientation makes it possible to reduce heating needs by up to 30%.



Experienced builders, such as Maisons SIC, have the know-how necessary to adapt the architecture of the house to the constraints of the land while respecting town planning standards and the objectives of the Bbio certificate. They can offer innovative solutions, such as an L-shaped house, to guarantee optimal sunshine throughout the day, even in cases where the orientation of the land is far from ideal.

It is this expertise that makes it possible to create a comfortable, economical and environmentally friendly house.


3. Manage the limits of setting up your new house

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Setting up a new house does not happen by chance. It must comply with specific rules, in particular in relation to roads, dividing boundaries and other buildings on the plot.

It is essential to consider the establishment in taking into account possible expansions or future annexes to avoid any violation of the town planning code.

The distances to maintain between the house and the road vary according to several criteria, such as the type of track or the height of the building. The general rules provide for distances of 40 meters in large cities, 50 meters in urbanized areas and 100 meters outside built-up areas. However, each municipality can adapt these measures in its Local Urban Plan (PLU), which it is essential to consult.

Concerning the dividing limits, the standards require that the construction be erected either directly on the property line, or at a setback of at least 3 meters, a distance which rises to 6 meters if the building exceeds 10 meters in height. These distances can nevertheless vary from one municipality to another, with some even requiring that buildings be adjoining.

To ensure successful integration, the layout of the house must aim to preserve the privacy of the residents, to ensure sufficient sunlight and to offer a harmonious arrangement with the environment. These provisions also meet health and safety needs.



To learn more about these rules and find personalized advice, it is advisable to consult the Departmental Directorate of Equipment (DDE), the Council for Architecture, Town Planning and the Environment (CAUE) or the ADIL of your department. These organizations can offer valuable assistance in navigating the complexities of setting up a new home.

As part of the construction of a new house, these are the Maisons SIC teams who manage all these administrative procedures entirely for you.


4. Carefully consider the size and slope of the land for optimum location

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Adapting the plan of a house to the particularities of its land is a crucial step for a successful construction. Indeed, each plot has its own characteristics that must be carefully considered for optimal implementation.

Firstly, the relief and configuration of the plot are decisive. On sloping land, it is often advisable to build by disbursing rather than filling, in order to respect the natural soil. It is also important to think about the future use of the garden.

A house placed in the center of the plot can limit available space and privacy, whilea location on the edge frees up more space and preserves privacy from view.

The size of the land also influences the possibilities of implementation. Small plots pose more challenges due to view easements and alignment regulations, which limit proximity to the neighborhood to preserve privacy. Conversely, a larger area offers more freedom, although the cost is proportional to its size.

The nature of the soil is another factor that should not be overlooked, as some land may require complex and expensive foundation work. Additionally, the shape of the property can influence the location of construction; narrow lots limit architectural choices and often require building in length, as a rectangular house.

On sloping terrain, access to the house can be a challenge, particularly if the depth of the ground is insufficient. In this case, the orientation of the house is often dictated by topography and urban constraints, limiting the location options.

In urban areas, where lots are generally smaller, restrictions are even greater. Planning rules may require construction to take place on property lines, a situation most property owners seek to avoid.

Even with a large plot of land, the installation possibilities are not unlimited. Regulations can impose a setback from the front facade. In this case, it may be advantageous to move the house across the width of the land to optimize the location, taking into account the presence of vegetation to benefit from shade in summer, for example.


5. Take into account the service (connecting to networks) in the layout of your house

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When planning a house, it is crucial to consider its connection to the networks. This includes water, electricity, gas, and collective sanitation. These networks are generally found along public roads. The manufacturer must therefore consider locating the house as close as possible to reduce connection costs.

It is important to take the service into account when developing the project. The building permit may be refused if access to public or private roads is inadequate. These lanes are essential for normal traffic flow and emergency service access.

Similarly, Adequate connection to water supply, electricity, telephone and sanitation is essential.

To ensure that you meet these criteria, it is advisable to inquire at the town hall. The town hall will provide information on local water authorities, EDF-GDF for electricity, and the terms of connection to the telephone network with France Telecom. In the absence of collective sanitation network, an individual installation complying with municipal standards will be necessary.

Finally, it is essential to predict connection costs. These costs can be high, especially for land that is landlocked or far from the road. A precise assessment of costs from the property line to the various networks is therefore essential to avoid budgetary surprises.

In conclusion, a good layout plan taking into account the service is crucial for the success of a construction project. And for this too, SIC houses can help you.



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