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  • Designing a new home Print

    ​​​​By Conor Flynn​

    ​​​​​Whether your first home, a move to a bigger space or new location, or an investment for the future, building a new home is a massive undertaking, potentially the biggest one of your life.

    ​​It's a daunting and difficult task with many important decisions to make, various legal requirements to fulfil, and a myriad of things that can go wrong or can harm the final product if not done correctly.

    The Auckland Design Manual has developed an invaluable resource to make sense of the complicated process of designing and building a new home and provide guidance to people embarking on that journey. The Developing New Homes section of the Auckland Design Manual breaks down the whole process, ​​Building a new home is a daunting and difficult task with many important decisions to make, various legal requirements to fulfil, and a myriad of things that can go wrong.​ ​from initial ideas and planning right through to collecting the keys to your new home, into a step-by-step plan that helps you understand what's involved at each stage and keep track of the progress of your own project.

    The design and build process is broken down into 10 key stages with detailed explanations of what's involved at each stage, why it's necessary, what you should be doing, who you should be talking to and what you should expect from them​​. ​Each step is accompanied by various resources to help you with the important decisions and milestones that need to be reached and to keep track of your project and make sure all targets are being met and everything stays on track.


    With a project as detailed and complicated as building a new home it's easy to make mistakes, forget important deadlines or omit important tasks or legal requirements. Many people building their own home, particularly those doing so for the first time, lose valuable time and often create unnecessary expense by making mistakes that could be avoided had they better understood what's involved in the process. It's these mistakes that the Developing New Homes section aims to avoid.

    The specific legal and regulatory requirements necessary at each stage of development, which can be intimidating, are clearly explained. ​ Careful planning right from the beginning and knowing Careful planning right from the beginning and knowing what to look out for can reduce the risks and potential pitfalls associated with Resource Consents what to look out for can reduce the risks and potential pitfalls associated with Resource Consents and other regulatory hurdles.

    But Developing New Homes is about far more than just ticking legal boxes and reaching regulatory milestones. Every new home starts out as an idea in someone's head, an idea that grows and develops into the plan for your dream home. ​In order to get those ideas and dreams from your head to a feasible plan on paper and from paper into a fully finished home requires making a long series of decisions and plans. Developing New Homes aims to guide you through that process so that your dream home reaches its full potential.


    The wider Auckland Design Manual is also packed with case studies and examples of some outstanding and best-in-class builds from around Auckland and further afield. Via the Developing New Homes section you can access case studies relevant for inspiration and ideas or to see how they overcame problems similar to what you may be experiencing. Every new home starts out as an idea in someone's head, an idea that grows and develops into the plan for your dream home. Developing a New Home aims to guide you through that process so that your dream home reaches its full potential​.These case studies can help you to get more from your own build.

    Only you know what you're looking for in your future home. The Auckland Design Manual and its Developing New Homessection can help you bring that to life. It can help you get the home of your dreams and in doing so bring a better standard of design and living to Auckland's neighbourhoods and to the city as a whole.

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