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Dairy Flat New Build Home – Certified Existing Plan Or An Architectural Plan

What ‘s Better For A Dairy Flat New Build – A Certified Existing Plan Or An Architectural Plan?

Building a new house is an exciting project. At the same time, it is also one of the most challenging endeavours you can undertake. There are lots of decisions you will need to make along the way but one of the most difficult is whether to choose an already existing certified design, or to go for an architectural plan from scratch. This article takes a closer look at these options to help you understand their pros and cons, and to make an informed decision in regard to building your new build in Dairy Flat.


Advantages Of Using Certified Plans For New-Builds

Fast Availability

Certified existing designs from New Zealand Certified Builders have the huge advantage of being already available so you don’t have to wait for architects to create plans from scratch, or waste time having to discuss, then review and amend ideas with designers. This one step alone can save you weeks of going backwards and forwards.

Having plans ready from the get-go also means that you can begin the consent application a lot earlier, which in turn means you can start your construction sooner.

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Browse Plans Online

Some of the Certified new-build plans and designs are available online, so you’ll be able to browse through multiple options to find the one that best suits your needs. If you have an open mind and are flexible, whatever the size and the layout of your dream home, you can find something suitable. Your effort will be well worth it, as you will save both money and time by not having to hire an architect to create original work.

Lower Cost New-Build Plans

Another important advantage of choosing an existing design is the price. Hiring an architect to produce a custom-design for your new build will cost you a lot of money. Certified designs have already been prepared so the cost is far less than a custom-design option. An already certified design will save you from problems in obtaining all approvals needed to proceed with your work.



Costing For The Builder

A further benefit of using pre-approved designs for a new build is that the builder already has a good idea of the cost of construction materials. This means you should have a much more accurate price estimate. Of course, each site will have its own cost challenges, but the material costs will be relatively easy for the building company to assess.


Advantages Of A Bespoke Architectural Plan

Despite the above, architectural plans do come with some advantages as well.

A Unique Design For Your New-Build

First of all, you will have the opportunity to create a living space just as you want it to be. A pre-approved Certified new-build plan will probably have been built somewhere else before. For some people this is an issue, so with an architectural design, you know you will have a completely unique design just for you.

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A Distinct Design For Your Building Section

When you create your space from scratch, you can design it to suit your specific section and locality. You may want to take advantage of certain aspects of your property, such as coastal or rural views, streams or bush which can be incorporated or drawn on for inspiration to create the design and feel of your home. You can also choose the building materials that either match your location or are ones that you specifically want to use. An architectural design means that you can match your home to your location.

A House Designed Specifically For Your Wants

Perhaps the biggest reason people choose an architectural design for a new build is that they can incorporate their specific desires to build their dream home. This could be a granny-flat, a home theatre, a specific kitchen layout, windows and views for a certain aspect and so on. Certainly, if money is not a serious constraint, then having a new house built to your own specifications and design is a route to consider.

Drawbacks With Architectural Designs

The two main drawbacks of architectural plans are their cost and time to completion.

As you can imagine, a custom-plan costs more than ready-made ones. The architect needs time to discuss, interpret, and develop your project. This will inevitably require multiple conversations and meetings with the owner to get the design exactly right. An architect’s time does not come cheaply, so the more iterations and amendments that you have, the more it is going to cost.

Once you have agreed on your preferred layout for a new build, you will have to submit plans to the Council for approval. This will also take more time. Building Consent at Auckland Council can take months to come through. A pre-approved certified new house build plan will remove a certain amount of that application approval process.

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Summing Up Certified Plans Vs Architectural Plans For New Builds

An architectural-design will allow you to create a home specifically to meet your preferences. It can also match the feel and environment of your building section. However, they are expensive and take more time to get to the start of the construction process.

Certified plans for new builds do cost less, are quicker to get to the start of construction and also mean that the builder can give you a much better costing for the whole project.

As members of New Zealand Certified Builders, we can offer access to over 30 architecturally designed plans that are ready to build immediately or which can be customised to reflect how you live. These plans cater for all different housing needs and have been designed for urban living, rural living and seaside areas.

At the end of the day, the choice is up to you. If you would like to have an initial chat to discuss your new build in Dairy Flat or neighbouring area, feel free to give us call us on 0800 224 628 or if you prefer, you can email us at, we’re here to help.