DHA Lahore is one of the few housing societies where building bylaws are followed very strictly. This effective implementation gives developed phases an unrivalled symmetry, making sure that the perfectly aligned houses, parks, lanes, commercial markets and greenbelts leave a lasting impression.
So are you familiar with these rules that make this society such a desirable place to live? I’m sure many of you aren’t. In fact, even some of you who are getting their homes constructed in DHA probably don’t know about these bylaws. This is because most of the time hired contractors and architects take care of the matter. However, there are certain things you definitely need to be aware of – especially if you’re a homeowner in DHA:
a) All houses and buildings constructed according to DHA Lahore’s building bylaws receive a Completion Certificate from the authority
b) No DHA property can be bought or sold without this Completion Certificate
c) DHA has the right to demolish structures, at the cost of owner, that aren’t approved
d) For every structure that cannot be broken down, there is a per square foot fine of PKR 2,500
So what are the technicalities you must keep in mind before you start building your 1-kanal home? Read on:
Of covered areas and empty spaces
Out of the 4,500 sq ft that make up 1 kanal, not more than 2,800 sq ft can be covered on the ground floor. This area includes the porch as well. The first floor’s covered area cannot exceed 75% of the covered area on the ground floor.
Please note that a certain portion of a 1-kanal house must remain uncovered on all four sides. If two or more plots aren’t merged together, every house in the society has to leave a certain area empty.
Along the front of the house, the empty space has to be at least 15 feet and 9 inches deep, while the side and back alleys have to be at least 5 feet and 4.5 inchs wide.
This open space cannot have any type of construction, even temporary, except for the basement staircase and/or the spiral staircase leading up to the servants’ quarters. Furthermore, the sunken area of the basement cannot be more than 2.5 feet wide.
Rules for rooms
Be it a 1-kanal house or a 10-marla house, DHA Lahore homes cannot have a bedroom smaller than 10 sq ft. However, a 10×10 feet bedroom is really quite tiny, so the preferred size is 14×16 feet.
A house can have more than 5 bedrooms if it is a double unit. (Point of note: A double unit house has a full-fledged and functional first floor with at least a couple of bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a formal drawing room.)
The minimum area for the living room has to be 100 sq ft, with the width or length no less than 9 feet. All rooms must be well-lit and ventilated.
The maximum height of a double storey house in phases I, II, III and IV cannot exceed 30 feet, regardless of how big the house is. The height of houses in phases V, VI, VII and VIII can go up to 35 feet.
The height of the ceiling in any of the rooms cannot be less than 9.5 feet or more than 12 feet.
The boundary wall cannot be higher than 7 feet. Yes, you can install a security fence on this, but this cannot exceed a foot in height. For the terrace, the fence cannot be higher than 6 feet and needs to have louvers.
Residential properties are only allowed to have a single storey basement. This basement can be as big as the ground floor, minus the garage area, and the height of the ceiling must be between 9 and 10 feet.
Gardens & garages
According to the bylaws, the minimum width of garage in a 1-kanal house has to be 10 feet. In most cases, this is considered too narrow since the main entrance of the house mostly opens in to the garage. The depth of garage cannot be less than 12 feet or more than 18 feet.
The 15 feet and 9 inches deep open space along the front of the house is considered the lawn. The width of this lawn depends on the dimensions of the plot and width of the garage.
And there you go … all the important information you need to know before building your 1-kanal home in DHA Lahore, now at your fingertips. Use this insight when you sit down with your architect so that you can come up with the most functional, imaginative, and beautiful house!
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