Some clients choose to get their plans drawn independently, and then tender out for the best price. The problem with this is that if there are any design errors, any costs to correct these in the construction stage are the responsibility of the client - and these costs may run into the thousands. Our input from the start (from a building perspective) ensures that any errors are identified during the design process, so that there are no surprises in the price. We also design to your budget, as we know what things cost.
This means we take care of the all the technical details, which allows us deliver your project faster, better and for the best price. You are dealing with one person, from initial concept through to completion. Here are some of our designs that have become reality.
Whether starting from scratch or adding extra space, new building works are planned. Building is a complex and demanding process, there are hundreds or thousands of details in a typical project and all require thinking about, pricing and getting correct. If it is a new building it may be based upon a standard plan, which speeds the process up. On the other hand it may involve a completely new design. Elements such as the land contours, access, sun, views etc all impact upon the ideal way of preparing the design plans for your building. And for that reason, choosing the right builder is one of the most important decisions you will make.
We can arrange an obligation free visit to your proposed building site to establish its suitability for your new home. If you require assistance in obtaining a suitable site for your new home, or finance, we can help and give advice on this. We then start forming a plan of your new home.
Once we have these basic details, the concept plans are drawn up. This shows you the site plan, the floor plan and how the house will look from the outside (elevations). We also show you a 3D perspective of the house, which allows you to see a virtual model of what the house looks like, and what rooms look like inside. The 3D walkaround gives you the chance to ask for and see changes in real time, such as cladding options and roofing, as well as adding, removing and adjusting window and door sizes, and changing room layouts. A small fee is charged for this service to cover our designing costs.
Step 2 - Consent plans
Once concept plans are completed, we give you the cost of drawing up the final consent ready plans. Our aim is to keep this cost to a minimum, but nowadays, with conditions imposed by the New Zealand Building Act and the requirements for compliance with the New Zealand Standards, we will inevitably require the services of a registered engineer to oversee and report on the structural aspects of the proposed building. But don't worry, we organise this for you if an engineer is required. These plans will have all the construction details required for building consent. At the start of this stage you need to also think about and confirm certain elements in your new home that we have to show on the plans - heating, floor coverings, bathroom fixtures and fittings - all of these things that can impact on the plans and the price depending on your choices.
After completion of these plans we also have enough details to finalise the price to build your home. Before we do that we chat to you about any items you want to do or provide yourself. For example some clients like to provide their own light fittings, or have a preferred supplier/subcontractor that they want to use. Plans are then submitted into council, any necessary additions or subtractions are made to the price presentation, and a Master Build Contract is presented and signed.
Step 3 - The Build
Plans come out of council and we are underway! We give you a product choices list and you select all of your personal colour choices for carpet, paint, kitchen and bathroom joinery. This means that once the build is underway there are no delays in waiting for product to arrive, as it is all pre-ordered. We manage the build from start to finish including all compliance, keeping you well informed along the way.
We don't have a show home, because we want the home we build for you to be your own custom made show home. We have the staff and a trusted list of subcontractors who will do the best job they can to make sure that you are 100% happy with the final product. As Master Builders, up front we offer you a Master Builders guarantee, which for a small amount covers you if something goes wrong.