What do they look like? One thing I've noticed when travelling, is how different our Australian generally houses look. (old and new) Most local councils specify options how new houses must look, and amenities they must have. ie; every new house MUST have a double garage. They must have 2 or 3 facades on the front. (part brick, part render, part stone tile, part wood, part cladding, etc... Windows are generally tall. Roof tiles must be flat type, not curved. Or you can have a metal roof. And you also must have things like a large rain water tank (more than 5000L), which connects to your toilets, and washing machine, and garden taps). You must have either solar hot water or a heat pump. You must have double glazed windows. ............... and they wonder why house prices keep rising? You spend $700,000+, and get told what to do with it.