If you’re wondering what the home building process and home renovation process is, it’s quite straightforward from your point of view. As your architectural designer and builder on the North Shore of Auckland, Leonard Construction & Design is here to guide you through the home building stages and take care of all the little details for you.
What might surprise you is that the process for designing and building new homes is very similar to the home remodelling process for extensions and renovations. That’s because Leonard Construction & Design believes that renovations and extensions require just as much thought, care and attention as a new house.
Here is the step by step home building process:
1. Initial Consultation Call
This is a free 30 minute call via skype or zoom to have an initial discussion about your project.
2. Briefing meeting
Your briefing meeting usually takes place at your home, so we can look at the spaces you’d like to discuss. We’ll ask you about your objectives and preferences, and what you want to achieve from the build. It’s also important that we talk about your budget expectations, to ensure we’re all on the same page throughout the home building process.
If you already have plans drawn up, please bring them to your briefing meeting – and you can then go straight to Step 4 in the building process – Pricing. (And if you don’t have plans, we can draw them up for you – that’s covered by Steps 2 and 3 in the building process.)
Hint: to get the most out of your briefing meeting, it’s helpful if you have:
- Digital copy of your property file from the council. (This is not the same as the LIM; the property file includes all the plans the council has of our property.)
- Survey information, if appropriate, for example if there are ground levels or boundaries to consider.
The briefing meeting takes 1 to 2 hours.
3. Concept design development
If you don’t already have concept designs, Leonard Construction has in-house expertise to draw these for you.
The concept design development consists of 3 key stages:
- Design work: developing the concept plans based on the initial briefing meeting and your budget. We’ll consider council restrictions and requirements when drawing up the designs.
- Concept introduction meeting: we’ll present the drawings to you, which includes plans, illustrations and a 3D model.
- Final concept design meeting: we’ll meet with you again to discuss any changes you may have to the designs we presented. And once the concept is finalised, we can give you preliminary costings for your building project.
4. Final plans
If you already have building plans, please let us know, and we can look at the building costs.
Otherwise our in-house team can create the detailed drawings and specifications needed for your project.
As well as being the working document for the build, this also includes all the information you’ll need to lodge your building consent (and resource consent, if needed) with the council. (Or if you’d prefer us to lodge your consents with the council, we can do it for you.)
The final plans include full specifications, including manufacturers’ literature, as well as a schedule of materials, so you’ll know exactly what you’re investing in.
Once you have a full set of plans, we’ll provide you a comprehensive price for your project. This will include all sub-contractors’ costs – e.g. plumbers, electricians, and so on.
You’ll also receive a preliminary building programme that’ll show you how long the build is likely to take; what happens when; plus a full list of inclusions and exclusions.
6. Your sign-off means that the building work can start
Once you’ve approved the final plans, you’ll be asked to sign a contract and pay a 5 to 10% deposit on your building cost. This allows us to start buying the materials and booking in sub-contractors.
Adam supervises and project manages the construction programme and the sub-contractors, to ensure everything is completed to your satisfaction.
You’ll be kept fully informed and updated throughout the building process.
8. The building work is completed and guaranteed
When the building work is complete, you’ll need to apply to the council for the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) – Leonard Construction will give you all the necessary documentation to help you.
Once you’ve received the CCC, you’ll receive our 10-year guarantee for structural defects, and 2-year guarantee for non-structural defects. (The same guarantees apply to extensions and renovations as for new builds.)
The balance of the payment is now due, and you’re now able to move into your new or improved home… enjoy!
Take the next step: contact us for your FREE 30min Initial Consult Call.