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BUILDING FAQ

We do a wide range of home building work including renovations, repairs and maintenance. Bathroom and kitchen renovations, roofing, internal wall reconfigurations, etc.

Yes if you know skilled tradespeople you would like to work on your home building project, let us know.

The cost of a new home is calculated on a square metre basis starting from around $2000 per square metre. There are various elements that influence the price of a new build. These include the ground conditions of the site, the slope of the site and the standard to which you want to build to i.e. the quality of finishings and fittings and choices of floor coverings, lighting, heating etc.

Yes we can incorporate heat saving and other eco-friendly features that save you money in the long term – along with the planet!

The first question we ask is ‘What do you need in a home’? For example:

  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • Do you need a home office?
  • Double/triple garage or carport?
  • Is boat storage needed?

Come up with all the things you would like in a home, i.e. your ‘ultimate list’. You might want to be in a particular area, have a sea view or be within walking distance of the shops.

As part of this planning phase, you need to work out what your budget is. We’ll give you a realistic idea of what your dream home is going to cost, to see if you are going to be able to get everything on your list for the finance you have available.

After that comes finding a section that will provide as many things on your list as possible. Once the section has been located the plans can be developed.

Yes we can. We also can advise on the type of site needed for the house you want to build. We can arrange contour surveying and geotechnical reports if necessary. We can also look at designing a home that compliments the section you have (or want to have). Many building companies want to work with flat sections or will carry out earth works to make the section flat.  This isn’t always necessary – and a home that works with the contours of the land can be more interesting and unique.

It depends on how big and complex the build is, but for a standard, single storey home it will take four to five months.

Talk to their other clients. Look at other properties they have worked on. We provide information about previous jobs we’ve done so you can talk to these owners to reassure yourself that we do quality work.

The building code is the minimum standard to which a house should be built. Cheaper house building companies will work to this.

But if you spend another few thousand dollars you can save a lot of money in the long term. For example, if you invest on eco-friendly heating options you can reduce your power bill substantially – even before you use solar power.