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The Building Process.

The process of building your own home.

Building a new home can be a very rewarding experience, and needn’t be difficult or confusing. Most people struggle with their first new home build because they are unsure of the process, so we have developed this short guide to let you know what you can expect during the process of building your home with Ashcroft Homes.

Step 1 : Finding land

This can be the most difficult part of the process for first time home builders as land in  Auckland has become in short supply. However, there are many ways to consider a good location to build a home – this could be through the purchase of a house and land package, a site within a large subdivision on the outskirts of Auckland, a subdivided site within established areas, or you could choose to subdivide a larger piece of land and build a home there. (see our tips on Subdivisions here). You could  even consider buying land with an existing home on it and relocating or demolishing a run-down home and building your ideal home – especially where the location is sought-after.
We can help match you to land or assist with the land search. Speak to one of our  consultants who can suggest tips for your land search if you have just started down the  process of building your home.

Building Process - finding the right to build on

Langstone Floor Plan

Step 2 : Choose a builder and a plan

If you want your home built quickly and efficiently, choose a plan that your builder is  familiar with and has built on previous occasions – and if possible speak to the homeowners  to find out if they enjoy living in the house, including the layout and features. Ask the  current owners if they would change anything on their plans. Most people who find the  building process hard are those who design and build a bespoke home – where everyone is  unsure of the outcome until the home has been built. At Ashcroft we have refined our  complete range of designs to ensure they contain a generous number of the features and  benefits customers desire from a home.

Step 3 : Refine your plan with your
fixtures and fittings

This is the point at which you need to work with the project team to ensure your house plans and specifications reflect all your needs and desires. It can be hard at this stage to  visualise your completed home and to consider all the different components of it, but good  decision making and thought now will save costs and time later. You may want to make  minor changes to the layout, or change a ranchslider to bifold doors, or add a heat pump for  added comfort. All this can all be discussed with your new home consultant who will give  advice on how these desires can be achieved and the cost.

building in Auckland - refining your house plans

Step 4 : Finalise finance with your bank

At this point you will have a full estimate for your home and we can provide a draft contract  for your bank to review. Depending on the level of borrowing you need the bank may  require a registered valuation of the completed home. We can assist with finding a valuer if  you wish, and the plans and specifications we have prepared will be all that they need to  prepare their valuation.

building in Auckland - the process construction begins

Step 5 : Signing your build contract

You will now have a copy of your contract and we recommend having your lawyer review  this for your own peace of mind. Once you have finance confirmed and the go ahead from your lawyer then we will arrange for both you and our director to sign the contract. A 10%  deposit will then get things started!

Step 6 : Permits and consents

For first time builders this is usually the most frustrating time – it feels like nothing is  happening! You will have paid some money and be anxious to see progress, but your Ashcroft Homes management team will be busy sending plans and reports through to  council, getting consents and processing fees in order to get things underway. This part can  take several months, although you will be kept informed and are usually able to track the  status of your application.

Step 7 : Choose your colours

The fun part starts! We will arrange a meeting in our office to select colours, or if you have a  colour consultant allowed for in your build package then we’ll arrange for you to meet with  them. We have had set colour schemes carefully designed by expert residential colour  consultants to make the process easy – there are 5 exterior schemes and 3 interior, so  enough options to give you personal choice without being overwhelming.

Step 8 : Construction begins!

A carefully planned and staged event, Ashcroft Homes will schedule and organise all  tradespeople to complete your home in the fastest time and best quality. This is the exciting part as progress is evident and we keep you informed of what is happening and what you  can expect. We will also give you a tour of your home at certain periods during the  construction and answer any questions along the way. During the build council inspectors  check that our construction methods have met their requirements and that we are following  conditions set out in the building consent.

process of building your own home - building inspections and compliance

Step 9 – Quality Assurance Audit and Code Compliance

Once we have finished the build we schedule our independent Quality Assurance Inspector to review all work and ensure that every home meets our strict criteria for quality. We also  book an inspection with the council to review the finished building work and apply for the  Code Compliance Certificate. Final sign off for building work is done by the inspector on site,  with Code Compliance Certificate usually taking around 4 weeks from that point.

Step 10 – Handover

Once practical completion has been achieved we will arrange a date with you to walk you through the building, hand over the keys, and congratulate you on your new home. Final  payment will be due at this handover and you need to arrange for your own electricity  supply and insurance prior to this.

We’re proud to say many of our previous customers have found the process of building a new home so enjoyable with Ashcroft Homes that they have gone on to build further homes with us or recommend us to friends and family.



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