Frequently Asked Questions

Building a new home or investment
property in Auckland:
your questions answered

Construction should have a language all of its own. To make it easier, we’ve included a glossary of common terms you’ll need to know when building your new home or investment property, and answers to our most frequently asked questions.

1. What is included in the price?

The price includes the house itself complete including carpet, but not any site works. Plans, building consent and all aspects of the construction of your new home from the foundations through to floor coverings are included. In addition to this price, site works such as excavation, drainage and services, driveway, fencing, landscaping are added to give the complete contract price. Contact us for a full specification.

2. What is the cost of the extras for a turnkey package?

The cost of the additions are site dependent and consequently are the reason these additional components are not included in the base advertised price. Once we have better knowledge of your site and prepared the scheme plans we will be able to advise you of the additional costs involved.

3. Is GST included?

Yes, GST is included in the list prices.

4. Can I amend the design to suit my needs, budget or section?

The Ashcroft model is based on efficiency and optimisation of designs and the construction process. Minor non-structural changes are possible at additional cost.

5. Can I have input into the interiors, kitchens, colours etc?

Absolutely, this is one of the fun parts in the process. You can choose your own colours or select from one of the professionally designed colour schemes, that Ashcroft has had developed with specialist interior designers. We’ll make a time to meet with you and go through all the options.

6. Can Ashcroft help me to find a suitable section to build on?

From time to time, Ashcroft Homes have suitable sections available as part of their House and Land packages.   Alternatively we can put you in touch with Real Estate agents whom we work with regularly and they may be able to help.  Once you have found a section, we will be happy to advise on it’s build potential – just get in touch.

7. What is the minimum section size I need, in order to be able to build and subdivide?

The simple answer, is there is no minimum. The Unitary Plan has been written in a manner where, provided you can fit a dwelling and associated outdoor living, outlook, parking and access, you can then subdivide around that property. It’s not uncommon for lots to be less than 100m2 for townhouse developments. 

8. Can I develop terraced housing in a Mixed Suburban or a Mixed Urban Housing zone?

Yes, it’s possible.

The Mixed Housing Suburban and Urban zones generally allow development up to two storeys and three storeys respectively, subject to the various development controls or “zone standards”. Any new development is required to demonstrate compliance with these controls, or be authorised by an approved resource consent. The development controls include things like the provision of a 6m x 4m outlook space for each dwelling, outdoor living areas, minimum landscaping areas and as well, controls such as maximum building coverages, maximum building heights etc.

Our highly qualified, in-house team of specialist Planners have secured consents for terraced housing developments in Mixed Housing Suburban, Mixed Housing Urban, and Terraced Housing and Apartment Building zones.

 

9. When building multi-unit developments, do you need to provide off-street parking for each individual unit?

This will depend on the zoning. When operating within a Terraced Housing and Apartment Building zone, there is no requirement for offstreet parking. However within the Mixed Housing zones, parking is a requirement.  Ashcroft’s range of standard plan terraced housing include options with garaging like the Arlington and without, like the Windsor.

10. Do Ashcroft build anywhere in NZ?

Currently we specialise only in the greater Auckland area – that’s from Pokeno to Orewa. All projects within 30km of our office will be at the list prices indicated, for any locations further than 30km from us please discuss with one of our Property Development Consultants.

11. How long will the build take to complete?

The construction period is 20 weeks for a stand alone house once the concrete slab is poured. Completion times for duplex and terraced house developments vary and your Ashcroft Home’s Property Development Consultant will be able to provide you with more information.

12. How long will my entire project take to complete?

The process of initial investigations, resource and building consent approvals, and site preparation can take time.  Many different suppliers and advisors are usually involved in these initial phases and they usually work to their own timelines juggling many different client projects along with yours. For this reason, it’s difficult for any building company to provide you with firm project completion dates or timelines, from the very outset. However, once the consents are granted and the siteworks are complete, the remaining construction works will usually fall totally within the builder’s management and it’s at this point that reliable, and often guaranteed, completion dates can be provided.

13. Do you provide a builders guarantee?

Along with our own Ashcroft 10 Year Build Guarantee, we also offer an independent Master Build 10 Year Guarantee included in the price. Find out more here.

14. Does Ashcroft help with financial and legal services?

We can assist with finance but prefer that clients find their own professionals for any legal, accounting, and valuation work to avoid any conflicts of interest.

15. Why build with Ashcroft Homes?

Ashcroft Homes is a family led business which has been operating since 2007. Our team of experienced architects, project managers, builders and contractors are led by our expert, customer focussed managerial team. Our goal is to build quality homes as cost effectively as possible for all our clients while ensuring the process of building is enjoyable too. We are not part of a franchise operation and consequently we do not need to cover any franchise fees or commissions within our pricing. We are extremely proud that many of our Ashcroft customers choose to build with us time and time again.

16. Glossary

You’ll find a helpful glossary of building terms here.