Building a new home for you and your family is one of the most exciting adventures you’ll ever find yourself on. You’ve thought it all through and you know exactly what you need and want to have in your home. The excitement builds – but stop. Have you thought of all the things you do not want in your new home?
When planning your new home, the list of things to consider that you do not want easily rivals the list of must haves. Poor planning and budgets that are too small can lead way to some wayward, inconvenient and disastrous mistakes. Take your time and do your research. Be sure to take the time to meet with professionals in the industry. Getting the right architects, engineers and builders involved in your build will help you make effective decisions. They will be able to guide you in ways to save money and what not to take shortcuts on.
Building your new home cannot be a passive exercise, because there are so many decisions that “must be” made by you. If you let “the professionals” make all the decisions, then you will end up with their dream and not yours. This can be costly in the long term if their vision is not yours.
I’m not a builder but I want to build my own home
Only a licensed builder can build a house. If you want to build your own home, you have to get an ‘owner-builder exemption’. You can apply for this here: www.building.govt.nz
Building usually comes with a timeframe. You have a new baby on the way and want to be settled before it arrives, you want a weather proof home before winter arrives, you have financial commitments to adhere to. Chances are your project will take longer than your builder estimates and much longer than you think.
- Weather often can cause delays. If you have chosen unique products for the build sometimes there can be delays in receiving these from the manufacturers. The timeframe of the build can also be affected by the availability of your contractors.
- If you understand and accept that this can and most likely will happen then you will reduce stress levels in all parties.
- Holding regular follow ups and meetings with builders and sub-contractors can help to ensure your work is progressing on schedule and any issues can be rectified in a timely manner.
- Ensure lines of communication are regular, clear and courteous.
- Disputes can be dealt with through discussion first, arbitration and mediation second, and legally last.
Stages of Construction
All builds generally follow a set process which allows the build to move along and result in a finalised build. You could expect the stages of construction for your build to follow something like this:
Temporary services set up.
- Land Clearing
- Block layer
- Drain layer
- Back-fill walls
- House Floor Framing (timber.)
- House Floor (Concrete.)
- Wall Framing
- Roof Framing
- Framing Inspection.
- Building Wraps
- Window and Exterior Door Installation
- Wrap pre cladding inspection
- Water proofing (outside.)
- Spouting and down pipes
- Ceiling battens internal doors and other framing fixings inside Is completed.
- Pre line inspection
- Post line inspection
- Finishing lines
- Gib stopping (plastering.)
- Water proofing (inside.)
- Flooring Installation
- Floor sanding
- Cabinets and joinery
- Finish Plumbing
- Finish Electrical
- Painting (Outside.)
- Final Concrete Work
Building your own home is not for the faint hearted. It will push you to your limits and present issues that you never thought you could surmount but in the end you’ll be amazed that your new house is so much more than the sum of just its three bedrooms, living room and so on. It’s the place you get to call home and is uniquely yours.