Compliance to Manse Guidelines

1. Planning Guidelines

1.01 The house should be capable of performing dual functions -

1. it must provide accommodation sufficient to satisfy the normal living needs of an average family, and
2. it must provide facilities for the administrative and pastoral role of the minister in placement.

Generally speaking it is considered that the minister's home should be commensurate with the average home in the surrounding community.

Does the manse satisfy the living needs of an average family?

Does the manse provide adequate working facilities for a minister in placement?

Is the manse comparable to the homes in the surrounding community?

1.02 In providing for the dual functions of the manse it is essential to satisfy fundamental needs of privacy. Visitors to the minister should be entitled to preserve the privacy of their visit, and it should also be recognised that the family in the manse should be protected against intrusion on its privacy. Dual access is thus an important consideration.

This principle should be maintained throughout the plan layout, and will dictate such features as the private study with access from the main entry, and the provision of doors which allow basic living areas to be closed off when small meetings or counselling activities are in progress.

While study privacy is important, the need for its occupant to be able to oversee the family at times, especially young families, should not be overlooked.

Is there dual access to the manse?

Can the minister in placement conduct counselling etc. in privacy?

Can the minister in placement still oversee family requirements from their work area?

1.03 Occupying families will vary in size and in the ages of the children, so it is important that the home be sufficient in size to accommodate large families and adaptable to the varying needs of successive occupants.

Does the manse provide sufficient space for large families?

Can the manse be adapted to the varying needs of successive occupants?

1.04 Aspect is more important than is often realised. In order to ensure maximum comfort conditions, manses should be planned (or chosen) with major rooms orientated to the favourable aspect to take advantage of prevailing breezes and to preclude excessive summer sun penetration.

Does the manse take advantage of the prevailing breezes?

Does the manse have a favourable aspect to preclude the summer sun?

1.05 Materials of construction should be chosen as far as possible, to reduce finishing costs and minimise maintenance. This is not to infer, however, that timber dwellings are not acceptable. Local requirements regarding cyclone protection must be observed, and should not be overlooked when purchasing an existing house.

Do the manse finishings minimise maintenance?

1.06 The site chosen for a manse should be situated in a location convenient to the church complex, but not necessarily in the same grounds as the church.

A site within easy walking distance is preferred. Please remember that a minister and his family, living adjacent to the church and church hall, are invariably, if unintentionally placed in the position of having to act as honorary caretakers and custodians of the property. Those choosing to build a manse should be aware of the need to preserve the privacy of the manse family, and its freedom to develop normal family relationships and activities. In choosing a site apart from the church grounds, the normal factors affecting the choice of a family home apply - proximity to community services, public transport, shops, schools, recreational facilities, etc. together with the ease of access and contact between manse and church.

Is the manse within easy walking distance of the church complex?

Does the location of the manse preserve the privacy of the minister and their family?

Is the manse located close to community services, shops, schools etc.?

1.07 Normal due diligence in relation to real estate transactions will apply – building and pest inspection, town planning, building approvals, and flood level searches and checks are required as part of the conveyancing processes.
Properties should be capable of simple connection to all essential services, water supply, power, sewerage etc., or where these may not be available, economical alternatives should be available.

2. Basic Accommodation Requirements

The following spaces and areas are considered the minimum basic requirements of accommodation for ministers' residences. This applies whether the homes are to be constructed new or purchased second hand.

2.02 MAIN ENTRY

The entry does not open directly into lounge room but giving access to bedrooms without traversing living areas.

It is located to provide direct access to study.

It is weather proofed (can be accessed in all weather situations).

2.03 LOUNGE ROOM

It is conveniently located relative to front entry, dining and kitchen areas.

It provides access to an outdoor living area should be considered.

It has a minimum floor area of 16 sq.m or 20 sq.m. if lounge room is a standalone room.

2.04 DINING ROOM

Direct access is provided to Kitchen.

It is an extension of the Lounge Room.

It has a minimum floor area of 8 sq.m. If it is a standalone dining room up to 10 sq.m. is provided.

Exterior

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EXTERIOR CONDITION

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Are there any sheds?

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Sprinkler system

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DECKS, PATIOS, WALKWAYS

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Interior

KITCHEN

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BATHROOMS

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Bathroom

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BEDROOMS

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Bedroom

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LOUNGE, DINING & LIVING AREAS

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LAUNDRY

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General

DETECTORS

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Smoke detectors checked

One smoke detector in every room

Batteries installed in all detectors

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SHUT-OFFS ACCESSIBLE

Electric panel

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Gas

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Water

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GARAGE

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PETS

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Overall

OVERALL CONDITION

Cleanliness

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Evidence of mould

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Main concerns

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.