Design and Build Insights

When it comes to designing and building dream homes, our team are the experts. Here we share our tips, tricks and advice. 

 

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Questions To Consider When Upsizing Your Home

Is your home feeling a little small? It might be time to think about finding somewhere bigger. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to upsizing.
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Your First Home. To Buy or Build?

Each come with pros and cons, but three of the most important considerations are convenience, cost and customisation. Let’s take a look at each and how they stack up.
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How To Build a House in New Zealand: A Three Stage Guide

By breaking the process into three stages it’s possible to see where you stand, what you’ll need to consider and what you can expect if you decide to build.
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The 5 Best investments When Planning Your New Build

Here are 5 key ways that any new build can be given the greatest chance at success. Investing time and money before work begins will not only provide peace of mind when construction commences, but it gives you every opportunity to ensure a successful project.
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How to choose the right house plan

Before you get underway with your build, it’s important to make sure the design and layout of your floor plan will work for you, your family and any future homeowners. By planning to your section and the future of your family in mind, you can be sure that your new home will be a seamless extension of your lifestyle.
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Designing your home: Achieving style and functionality

When designing a new home it's crucial to achieve both style and functionality. So here are a few important things you should consider.
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Navigating Pre-building Hurdles

Navigating Pre-building Hurdles

Proper planning and preparation for a build is incredibly important. So let's look at the steps you need to take before getting your build underway.
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Sustainable additions to consider with your build

Whether you’re planning to build or are already underway, there are a number of ways you can make your home sustainable and cheaper to live in.
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Choosing the right section to build on

Making the decision to build is the first step towards your dream home. Here are some things you should consider when looking for your new section.
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What you should know about house and land packages

House and land packages can be a great step on to the property ladder with the bonus of a brand new home. We take a look at the perks that come with taking advantage of a streamlined build.
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Make the most of your show home visit

With so many things to potentially be on the lookout for, here’s our list of tips and things to help you get the most out of your showhome visit.
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Building a home for all seasons

From very cold winters to hot summers, New Zealand’s climate has its extremes. Is it possible to build a home that provides comfort and energy efficiency no matter the season? Find out here!
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Stay calm & keep building

Building your dream home is a rewarding project…but as with any big undertaking in life, there are times in the process that will be scary, frustrating and challenging. To help make things as easy and enjoyable as possible use these tips to help prepare yourself for an exciting adventure into home building.
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Where to start when designing your home

You’ve weighed up the pros and cons of buying existing vs building new and decided on the latter. Now what? Where do you start when designing a new home? To get the ball rolling, here are some of the first things you need to think about or do.
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Where is the best place to build?

They say when selling a house, it all boils down to “location, location, location”. But what about when building one? Should it be a major factor? Yes, because where you build doesn’t just play a part in your overall costs, it plays a major role in your lifestyle.
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The best time to build

On average it can take 4-6 months to fully complete a house so your build will likely happen across several seasons. So when’s the best time to start building? And are any seasons off limits?
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Building a house step by step

Even though everyone’s home building journey is unique, there are some key steps you can expect to go through when building a house. Here’s a basic overview to help you prepare for the journey. Getting finance Get a pre-approved mortgage so you know what budget you have. To get this you will nee'...'
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Building to a budget

We understand that building your first home is a big deal. In fact, a home is most likely the single biggest purchase you’ll ever make, and so it’s important that if you’re working to a budget, you stick to it. Here we’ve put together some tips to help you: Understand the effect of upgrades:'...'
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What to look for in a builder

Building a new home presents a number of choices, none so more important than choosing your builder. With your money and dreams on the line, it’s crucial you choose a builder you can trust. To help you, we've put together a list of key things to consider when choosing your builder: Ask around: Ten'...'
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5 top tips for building your home

Design for the sun Harness the powerful, free heat from the sun with some basic design considerations. Position the house on the sunniest part of the section (but also sheltered from wind) Insulate well to ensure you trap as much of that free heat as you can (or block it out in summer) Have the main'...'
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