At Location Homes, we understand that building a home can be an exciting journey with many milestones to celebrate. We also recognise that it is a significant investment and we want to make sure that you are fully informed about the cost and scope of the project throughout the entire home building process.

To ensure that you can make informed decisions and feel confident about the design and build of your new home, we offer upfront and transparent pricing and specifications. Our goal is to help you realise your dream of homeownership and make your journey as smooth and stress-free as possible.

That's why we've created a comprehensive guide outlining the 10 steps to building a home with Location Homes. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to delivering quality results and assisting you in creating a space that you'll love for years to come. With our guidance and expertise, you can confidently enjoy the excitement of building your dream home, knowing that you are in good hands.

Stage 1: Initial Consultation and Site Inspection

During the initial consultation meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your budget, preferred style, and design features, as well as any specific requirements you have for your new home. Depending on your circumstances, our team can provide you with additional information about the process, timelines, and costs involved.

If you already have a section or are planning to purchase one, we will conduct an initial site examination. This involves visiting the site where you plan to build your new home. Our experienced team will carefully assess the site to determine the optimal placement for your home, taking into consideration factors such as topography, soil quality, drainage, and access. We will also identify any potential concerns or challenges that may arise during the construction process.

If you haven't yet found a site, there's no need to worry. We are here to assist you in finding the perfect location to accommodate your new home.

During the initial consultation and site inspection, we discuss your budget, preferred style, and design features. We then create a tailored Preliminary Build Agreement that outlines all the costs for the stages below, ensuring transparency and informed decision-making. This agreement provides the necessary information for you to proceed confidently with designing and constructing your dream home, but should not be confused with a build agreement.

Stage 2: Design Stage - Dream and Plan 

Once the initial consultation and site inspection are complete, we move on to the concept design stage of building your new home. This is where your vision for your dream home starts to come to life. During this phase, you will collaborate with architects, designers, and other professionals to create detailed floor plans and drawings that encompass every aspect of your home's construction. This includes the room layout, placement of doors and windows, and the overall style and aesthetic.

Creating a functional and efficient home is crucial during the design stage. This involves considering factors such as traffic flow, natural lighting, and energy efficiency. You should also think about any unique features or customisations you would like to incorporate into your home. Throughout the design phase, you will have the opportunity to make changes and updates to your plans until you are completely satisfied with the final design.

Stage 3: Preliminary Proposal 

Once you have approved the concept plan, we will proceed to the preliminary proposal stage. Here, you will review and finalize the concept drawings, and we will provide you with a rough estimate of the build cost to ensure that we are aligned with your expectations. Additionally, we will discuss other critical factors such as the project timeline during this stage.

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Stage 4: Design Development and Interior Design Selections

During this stage, we work closely with our clients to develop the design and interior design selections for their new home. We understand that each client has their own unique vision and preferences, which is why we have an experienced in-house interior designer to bring that vision to life.

Our skilled interior designer helps create a cohesive look and feel throughout the home, ensuring that the design reflects your personal style while also enhancing the functionality of the space. They assist in selecting finishes such as kitchen design, appliances, flooring, interior and exterior colours, and lighting.

Making these important decisions during the design development phase allows us to provide you with a comprehensive pricing for your new home project. We want to ensure that our clients have a clear understanding of all the fees involved and no surprises later on. We take pride in our transparent pricing strategy, which gives you peace of mind throughout the construction process. Our team is dedicated to collaborating with you to create a home that you will be proud of and enjoy for years to come.

Stage 5: Pricing and Specifications

At this stage, we provide you with a transparent and comprehensive breakdown of the costs involved in building your new home. This breakdown takes into account all the final selections made during the design and interior design stage. It is crucial for us to ensure that you are comfortable with the costs and satisfied with the specifications of your home.

We strongly believe in the importance of communication during this stage, and we encourage our clients to ask questions and provide feedback. This allows us to ensure that we are meeting your expectations and delivering a home that exceeds your dreams.

Stage 6: Working Drawings and Engineering

Once the price and specifications have been finalised, our team moves on to stage 6, which involves preparing the working drawings and engineering plans for the build. Our architects and engineers work closely together to ensure that the plans are accurate and comply with all local building codes and regulations.

Stage 7: Pricing Finalised and Build Contract Presented

After the working drawings and engineering plans have been completed, we finalise the pricing for the build. This includes all materials, labour, and any other costs associated with the construction process. We ensure that our clients have a complete understanding of the final costs involved before proceeding to the next stage.

Stage 8: Consents Submitted

In this stage, we submit all necessary consents and permits to the relevant authorities. This includes obtaining building consents, resource consents, and any other permits required for the construction process. Our team works closely with the authorities to ensure that all requirements are met and that the process runs smoothly.

Stage 9: Build Starts 

Once all consents and permits have been obtained, we begin the build process. Our team of experienced builders and contractors work efficiently to ensure that the build is completed on time and to the highest standards of quality. We keep our clients informed throughout the entire process and are always available to answer any questions or concerns.

Stage 10: Enjoy 

After months of planning and construction, the final stage is here - enjoying your new home. We hand over the keys to our clients, who can now move into their dream home and start enjoying all the features and comforts that it has to offer. Our team is always available for ongoing support and maintenance, ensuring that our clients are completely satisfied with their new home for years to come.

If you would like to discuss your new home journey, book a free no-obligation consultation with our trusted team of experts. 

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