Building Process

Latitude First Home Builders Guide

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There aren’t many things in life more exciting than building your own home. To get you started, we have put together a First Home Builders guide that will help you alleviate that feeling of uncertainty when it comes to buying a section, choosing a style, planning the move. Download it for free and talk to your local Latitude Homes builder for more info.


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Guide to the Building Process

Step 1 - Initial conversation

Every project starts with a conversation. Although you can find useful resources on our website, nothing will be as helpful as your local Latitude Homes builder to discuss your individual needs, ideas, the requirements of your section, and answer all of the questions you may have when it comes to your new build.

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Step 2 - Budget

Financing your new home

‘What can you offer for $X?’ is probably the most common question we get from new customers.

Well, it depends! If you already have finance approved by a lender and you have a set budget, then we will have a number of homes to suit your price bracket but your options can vary depending on the build option and materials you choose.

Remember to consider any earthworks and access to the building site that need to be developed, size of home and number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and additional living spaces you require.

Different building processes will also affect the cost of your home – we have a range of options from Latitude running the whole project and building process to kitset homes where we deliver the materials and you build the home yourself or hire a contractor to build it for you.

If you are yet to obtain finance for your build, we recommend www.firststephomeloans.co.nz. First Step Home Loans have over 30 lenders at their fingertips and they specialise in obtaining construction loans for new home builds.

Step 3 - Choose Your Dream House Plan

Now that you have your finance sorted we have a large number of designs to choose from – giving you plenty of choice regardless of whether you prefer a single or double storey home, whether you want all bedrooms located at the same end of the house, or if you want to include additional office space. All our designs can be altered, you can flip our house plans to fit your section, add more living space areas, or add other personal preferences.

Click below to see our house plans. If you enter your region, you’ll see pricing options.

See our house plans and pricing

Step 4 - Choose your build option

Depending on your budget and your goals, there are a number of ways to build your own home. Unlike many building firms, Latitude Homes is happy to fit in with your needs. From kitset homes, where we deliver the materials and you take charge of the construction process, to full build service, where we take care of the whole building process while you get ready to move in!

See all our building options and learn what materials and services are included in each one.

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Step 5 - Working Drawings

We will provide a written quotation based on your chosen design or upon supply of your plans. If the cost exceeds your budget then we will work with you to utilise different design techniques to reduce costs.

Following quote approval we will prepare a full set of plans showing your home sited on the block, all elevations and other layouts including electrical requirements.

Any documentation needed for council approval, for example, energy efficiency reports, geotech reports, resource consents, site survey, engineering plans, can also be supplied.

Step 6 - Plans approved, building starts!

Once your plans have been signed off and approved by the local territorial authority, we start the process of building! We begin with an agreement that will detail the specifications and include a payment schedule. We will keep you posted on every new stage of the construction process. Payments are required at different stages of the building process – these are all clearly explained.

If you decided to build the house yourself with our kitset option, in this step we will deliver the building materials so you can start the build at your own pace.

Step 7 - Move in!

On the big day, we’ll present you with the keys to your brand new home. This is by far our favourite moment because we feel we are accomplishing our main goal: getting Kiwis like you into their new homes. Nothing compares to those happy faces! Of course, the relationship doesn’t end there, we will be there for you for any questions or support needed.

 

Testimonials

Thank you for all your hard work in getting our build across the line, we are extremely grateful for what both you and Jess have done.
Craig and Kelly