Design & Build Process
We recommend coming to see us before going down the traditional path of engaging directly with an architect.
We have seen plenty of clients come with plans already done and when they have been priced up it is too often over their budget as the traditional architect is either out of touch with up-to-date pricing or has been too focused on design that is not practical to build. We have a couple of great Architectural Designers and with our experience of the construction process we can save a lot of time and disappointment by giving great practical advice.
Complete our Feasibility Guide
The first step is to download and complete our FREE guide – THE FEASIBILITY GUIDE TO BUILDING A GRANNY FLAT OR MINOR DWELLING IN AUCKLAND. This will help you work out what you are able to build on your property and give you a good idea of all the various costs involved.
Schedule and complete a 20-Minute Zoom Video Call with us
The second step is to book in and have a 20-minute Zoom video call with us. We can bring up your property on the Auckland Council GeoMaps website and screen share while discussing the options. If we think that we can work together, and you will be a good fit with us we can then arrange a time to come to your property and meet you.
60-Minute site consultation
At this initial site visit we will go through our checklist to determine whether things like a Resource Consent, Geotech Report, Drainage Plan, Site Survey etc are required. We will also give advice around access requirements and whether we think your proposed design will be feasible and offer other options to consider.
Preliminary Building Agreement
Once a Project Brief and budget has been agreed upon, we will go away and collate all the perceived components required to take the project through to lodgement of Building Consent application. This will include Concept Drawings, Working Drawings, Building Consent, and other things that may be required like Engineering, Geotech report, Resource Consent, Site Survey, Quantity Surveying etc. This stage will take about two weeks to complete. Once we have all these costings in, we should be able to give a firm price for these Preliminary Works and we will present you with the Preliminary Building Agreement.
Once the Preliminary Building Agreement is accepted, signed and you have paid the deposit we will give you a login to our BuilderTrend Project Management software. We will schedule all the required stages of the Preliminary Works so you will be fully informed and updated throughout the process and know when your input is required.
During this stage you will work with our Architectural Designer to confirm the size and layout, how many rooms, orientation for sun and views, wants verses needs and all the important things that are required to start to bring together the dwelling of your dreams
Scope of Works and Product Selections
Next, we will need to confirm with you the full scope of works required to be priced. We will discuss things like electrical layout, interior finishes, floor coverings, kitchen and bathroom fittings, appliances, window dressings, driveway, pool, fences, decks, landscaping etc.
Once the Scope of Works and Product Selections have been agreed and Working Drawings have been finalised, we will start the pricing process and come back to you with a Fixed Full Contract Build Price. It will take approximately three to four weeks from completion of working drawings to come back to you with a fully detailed Proposal.
Full Contract Building Agreement
As Registered Master Builders we use the Master Builders Standard Contract Agreement.
At this stage we will also fill in the application for the 10-Year Master Build Guarantee and supply this to you to check over along with the building contract.
Once you are happy with the full scope of works included in the Contract, we will give an estimated project time-line with estimated completion date. When this is agreed it is time to sign the contract and pay the deposit so we can lock in our builders, subcontractors and material supplies.
Once the contract is all signed up and works scheduled we will start work on the agreed date and work through the construction process to bring together the dwelling of your dreams. The build process will involve coordinating lots of different materials, contractors and building inspections. As you see the building coming together you may decide to make the odd change which we will work through with you and provide a variation to the contract to suit the adjusted works.
Once the final council inspection has the all clear we will go through our final checklist to make sure every box has been ticked. Once you are fully satisfied with your dwelling we will hand you the keys to your brand new dream granny flat or minor dwelling.
To give you complete confidence after you building project we have covered you for structural faults, workmanship and materials. This means that we will come back and fix things for you. We have a 12-month maintenance period to sort out issues and we will supply you with all the required maintenance documentation and requirements relating to the up-keep of the specific building materials used for your build.