• Building your own house in New Zealand

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    (North Island Design (NID) Sophia Zhang)

    Many people have already summarized the relevant knowledge of designing and building a house, what we share in here are just some tips or suggestion we have come across in our previous projects. Please feel free to leave us comments and give us suggestions.

    *All the Council regulation we may talk about below is national wide, but currently we mainly deal with client’s in Auckland, so all the examples we may use in the articles will be within Auckland area. As every district plan is slightly different from each other, the regulation will depend on what type of zone it is. If you have already got an actual address and brief, please contact local council building control or planning department, they will be able to provide you more details about the  regulations.


    1. First step is selecting a good location

    There are different size and condition sections selling in the market. The prices are quite different as well. You need to be very careful about some ‘suspicious’ sections, as they may not be able to achieve your expectation of investing or developing.

    Always remember the most important considerations is location. Also need to pay attention to the district planning, underground service pipes and close-by environment. These elements will lead the project to either easy to normal progress or difficult to tricky progress.

    There two types of sections selling in the market for residential use.

    The first type is the new council planning for residential zone. This type of section normally was developed from farm. Generally, most of them will be far away from the town center, which located surrounding the edge of the city. If this new developed area is going to connect with the public transport service ,and other commercial development will be located close-by, it is a good choice to buy a new section there. As the rate and price will be lower than buying a section in the central area, and also the section will be larger and easier to design a bigger house.

    In this case, the preview work need to be done properly. For example, you need to check with the town planner and developer about the public facilities, phone line, internet and public transport. Check if there is any flood issue when it is closed to the shore line, ask the developer to provide the overall site plan and other documentation, which they have submitted to the council for Resource Consent. You can also order the property file from council to get the information.

    The second type is the subdivided section from an old property. The good thing is, this type of section usually has a good location as the surrounding public facilities and shops will be convenience for living. But always be careful about this type of section, and check the council GIS map to have a look if there is any service pipe underneath or any protective trees.


    2. Design a house

    After you have selected a suitable Architect or designer, they will discuss the brief with you and get to know more about your budget and requirements(for example, how many rooms and bathrooms, how many levels and how big the house you want to design?) . After confirming the brief, the design contract will be made based on the requirements, and the service scope will be listed in the contract. Make sure you have read and fully understand the contents of the contract.
    The next step, the designer will start gathering the information about this section, they may require you to get some engineer reports done, for example, Geo-technical report, Quantity survey, Topographic plan and flood report. Normally, after you sign up with us for designing a house or building renovation, we will help you to get quotation from engineers for different types of report and service if require. And the engineer fees and consultant fees are not included in the design fee.

    If you looking for an Architectural design company to design a house, please contact us, we can provide free pre-sales consultation and quotation. Our phone number: 093097681, email: info@nid.co.nz
    Address: Level 4 , 210 Khyber Pass Rd, Grafton, Auckland. (North Island Design LTD (NID))