Step by Step

A guide to your dream home

Step 1:  What will your dream home look like?

The first step in the process of building your new home is deciding what you want your new home to look like, and what features you want your new home to have. Signature Homes recommend that you put together two lists - the first list should be items or features you can’t compromise on – your ‘must–haves’. The second list should detail features you would like included if possible. It’s also a great idea to put together a scrapbook of ideas. If you get stuck, or you want some advice, give us a call or drop in and see us, we would love to help.

Step 2:  Get in touch with us

Once you have an idea of what you want, it’s time to get in touch with the team at Signature Homes. Your first point of contact is likely to be a Signature Homes New Home Consultant. Our New Home Consultants are there for the sole purpose of helping you make your dream home a reality, so don’t be afraid to tell them everything you have in mind. Remember: this is all about you, and we’re here to listen. If you don’t already have a site in mind at this stage, your New Home Consultant can help you find one.

Step 3:  Design & Build or Pre-designed

The key decision you will make at this point is whether to use, or amend, a pre-designed plan from our collections, or create your home from scratch (Design & Build). There are advantages to both methods, but your site, your circumstances and your requirements will largely determine which option is the most suitable for you. If you are unsure, your New Home Consultant will provide you with all the info you will need to make this decision.

Step 4:  Concepts

Once you have decided on either the Pre-Designed or Design & Build path, the exciting stage of creating initial concepts can begin. This will give you a better idea of what your new home will look like and how it will interact with the environment it will be built in. Once you are happy with the concepts, we can then proceed to Step 5.

Step 5:  Estimate

At Signature Homes, we believe strongly that building companies have a responsibility to provide their clients with a quote that is based on facts, not guesswork. In order to reduce the risk of price escalation after the contract has been signed, Signature Homes will request a small investment from you at this time for our Plan Deposit Service. It is good to keep in mind that the Plan Deposit investment is there for your protection, as it allows Signature Homes to thoroughly investigate every single cost that is likely to be incurred during the construction of your new home, before you commit to building with us (see Step 7). The amount you invest in the Plan Deposit is deducted from the final cost of your new home, should you decide to proceed with us.

Step 6:  Design work

As part of the work we carry out to provide you with a comprehensive quote and ensure you get everything you want in your new home, the Signature Homes design team will consult with you at this time to finalise important details regarding design, claddings, colours, fixtures and fittings. At your request, we have expert Interior Designers and Colour Consultants on hand to provide assistance.

Step 7:  Fixed price quote

Once the detailed price and design work has been completed, the fixed-price quote, specifications and final drawings will be presented to you for sign-off. These documents will include detail about exactly what your new home investment will be, along with a comprehensive list of everything that will be included.

Step 8:  The green light

Once you have given us final permission to proceed, we will then get council approval to build, and construction can commence on your new home.

Step 9:  Construction

Prior to construction commencing, our clients are given the opportunity to participate in a pre-construction meeting, where they meet the Project Manager and other key participants in the creation of their new home. At their request, our clients are also invited to attend site meetings at various stages of construction, and our Project Managers maintain regular contact throughout to report on progress.

Step 10:  Your Home. Your Way.

Once the home is completed and the council is happy that the home has been built as per the building consent, we can give you the keys to your brand new Signature Home. Enjoy!

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