Our Design and Build service is here to do just that. This is where we can turn your dreams of an amazing home, into a reality. And this is one
of the most expensive things that you will do, so you want to get it right. We can help you do that.
We offer a full design and build package for new custom builds. Your home, your needs and wants, all to your budget.
Here we explain the design and build process further, and what to expect. As well as being able to help you through the design process if you have already thought about a floor plan, we also offer a range of Concept Plans that are already designed, or to help with inspiration.
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 collaboration with the designer from the start ensures that any errors are identified during the design process, so that there are no surprises in the price.
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.
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.
This will take account of your lifestyle number of rooms required, general style and, most importantly, your budget. This is the time to think about how you want to live in, and out of your house and a good checklist is essential to ensure that your home meets your current and future needs.
Once we have these basics, the sketch plans are drawn up. This shows you the floor plans and how the house will look from the outside (elevations). A small fee is charged for this service to cover the designers costs. This gives you the chance to make changes, and think about materials, such as cladding and roofing.
When the sketch plans are approved, we give you the cost of drawing up
the final 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.
Once completed, these plans are sufficiently detailed for planning and building consent and include details such as bathroom and kitchen layouts, the positions of electrical outlets and lighting plans. During this stage you need to think about elements in your new home, heating, floor coverings, bathroom fixtures and fittings, colours - all things that can impact on the price depending on choices.
After completion of these plans we also
have enough detail 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.
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.