Boulevard Park on Taylor is all about living the quintessential Marlborough lifestyle. Where natural beauty and an array of outdoor pursuits are right on your doorstep. At Bayleys Marlborough we have seven sections available for you to build your dream home. These are all part of stage 6 Boulevard Park on Taylor, the final stage of this prestigious subdivision development.
Building a home can be an exciting, yet sometimes daunting prospect. To help you on your way we spoke to one of Marlborough’s experts, John Tovey, Managing Director at Marlborough’s Scott Construction.
Q: Buying vs building… In your opinion what is the major plus of building?
A: Building a new home allows you to create something that suits your budget and requirements. You have the added benefit of new warranties and guarantees and low maintenance. You get to enjoy the best years of the build before having to spend money on maintenance, repairs or replacement. Modern day features which you’ll get with a new build include better insulation, thermal mass options, lower running costs, greater comfort, a healthy environment, latest technology, materials and building techniques.
Issues that are no longer permitted can be a plight on existing buildings. These might include, asbestos-contaminated materials, leaky building syndrome or earthquake-prone issues.
The current building code is the result of lessons learnt from mistakes made in the past. Builders and designers are now licensed, and building regulations and council inspections are more stringent. Existing buildings can be hiding a multitude of latent sins that may surface any time after you purchase it with little or no come back on the builder.
Q: What options are available for people who need to have plans drawn for building consent?
A: Marlborough boasts several local Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) Designers and Architects. Failing that in busy times there are also other good options elsewhere in the top of the south. Most have a website which provides an insight into their portfolio style and experience. This is a good way to create a short list. From there meetings can be arranged to ensure you can select someone you can work with and find a good personality fit. We can assist and facilitate this. Our extensive knowledge allows us to assist with buildability during the design phase also.
Q: What things should a person consider when they are deciding on a builder to help them create their dream home?
A: Look at their portfolio of previous projects. Determine whether they are well established and likely to remain so during the life of any warranties and guarantees?
Check that they have a good reputation, proven track record and good references.
At Scott Construction we provide a collaborative environment and sounding board for creative thinking. Ensuring we find the best fit for your requirements and budget. We can provide the full package as the main contractor including involving our supply chain during the design phase. This can also help to get the best bang for your buck without unnecessarily sacrificing on quality and performance.
Q: What is your most frequently asked question from people who are thinking of building their own home?
A: Generally, they ask when are we available to take on another project, and whether we can help to prepare a budget.
Q: What’s your #1 piece of advice for people who are building their own home?
A: Put as much time and effort into the design phase as you can. The fewer changes made after pricing for the scope, the more likely you will achieve your budget and time goals. The ripple effect of scope changes are far-reaching and often the result of rushing the design phase.
Q: How long does it take to build an average house?
A: A standard three bedroom single storey 170m2 house with an internal garage would take 4-4.5 months. At the other end of the scale, a large architecturally designed house might take 12 months. Note this type of build also requires a higher skilled team than a standard house build.
Q: Can you share a quick stepped outline of the building process?
- First consultation
- Conceptual design
- Establish a budget
- Detailed design
- Estimated build cost
- Final design & colour consultancy
- Consent applications
- Landscape design if requested
- Finalise budget
- Finance approved
- Consents granted
- Deposit paid
- Construction phase
- Regular site meetings
- Progress payments
- Roof shout!
- Final completion and compliance inspections
- Completion shout!
- Handover, operational and maintenance documentation provided
- Final account
- Provide a glowing reference for the builder!
- 3-month maintenance inspection
Q: Given that building a home is a significant investment, how do you suggest people protect that investment in terms of maintenance. Is there anything in the Building Code which defines what standard maintenance requirements are?
A: Your builder should provide a maintenance schedule around the time of handover. We utilise the BRANZ Maintenance guide which is an industry-recognised approach. Programming your building maintenance helps to ensure it is carried out on time. Associated costs are agreed up front. It also goes a long way to protecting the longevity of the build and resale value. This is an additional service that we can provide upon request.
Convinced the time is right for you to build? Contact us about one of the seven sections we have available at Boulevard Park on Taylor. They are available to purchase now, please contact your preferred Bayleys agent in Blenheim.