Make an appointment to talk with us so we can get a good idea of your needs and wants. We'll also be happy to meet you on site to discuss your needs.
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Where to live?Choosing a sectionSensible safeguardsTypes of TitlePosition your homeChoose a designPricingLegalTime to start
Where to live?
There are many things to consider when you're choosing an area or suburb to live in. Your needs, budget and personal preferences will all affect your decision.
Proximity to essential services such as schools and hospitalsTravelling distance to work, family and friendsRecreational opportunities - beaches, parks and countrysideDistance to shopping centres, libraries and sports facilities
Choosing a section
Once you've decided on an area you can go either of two ways - select a section and then choose your house design, or vice versa. When selecting a section, there are many things to consider.
Aspect. Where does the sun rise and set?Where do you want the morning sun?Where do you want the afternoon sun?Sunshine hours. If your section is on the side of a hill, it may receive less sun than a flat section.The prevailing wind. Is the section protected or exposed?Views and outlook. If you're buying an attractive view or outlook, check with the Territorial Authority to see if it's likely to change in the future.The shape of the section. An irregular shape could limit your choice of house designs.Proximity to busy roads. If you like peace and quiet, be sure to build back from the road.Drainage and soil type. Be aware of sections that show evidence of instability - slips, slumps or boggy patches. If you're a keen gardener, look below the grass cover to see what type of soil you're buying.
It's important to search the Title of the property you are looking to buy. Your lawyer will be able to help you do this.
Ask the council for a Land Information Memorandum (LIM). It covers matters such as specific engineering problems, land stability, risk of flooding, availability of drainage and zoning.
Types of Title
Each residential section should have a separate Certificate of Title, but there are several different types of Title. Before you buy, be sure you're clear on the type of Title that applies to your section, and what that means for you.
In general terms:
Fee Simple, The owner holds the individual Title Leasehold.
Owner leases section from another person
Cross-lease. Owners of a property have shares in a Fee Simple or Leasehold Title. Watch for problems with shared driveways and services.
Unit Title. All unit owners are members of "Body Corporate". Each contributes to common expenses.
Position your home
How your house sits on the section will affect the way you live in it. Sunlight, privacy and outlook are the main things to keep in mind.
Where and when do you want the sun? East facing rooms will get morning sun. West facing rooms get afternoon sun. North facing rooms get sun nearly all day (in New Zealand the sun travels across the northern half of the sky).
The section's best outlook. Do you want to use it for your deck and entertainment areas, or do you want to save it for your kitchen?
What can the neighbours see? Privacy indoors can be created with tinted glass or curtains. Privacy in outdoor entertainment areas depends on your ability to screen with fences and trees.
Access for cars. Where will the driveway and garage go?
Road appeal. In the past, houses usually faced the road. Now it's not compulsory, but you should still try to create an attractive first impression.
Choose a Design
LifeSpace gives you a choice of floorplans, ranging in size from 60 to 200 square metres. The floorplans are shown in detail in each of the Mix 'n' Match Selections. Which floorplan will work best for you depends on your budget and your needs.
We also have an extensive library of plans to choose from. We can adapt our designs to suit your needs.
Your budget. How much home can you afford?
The size and shape of your section. Are there any council limitations on the size of your house?
The number of bedrooms you needs - now and in the future?
Room for visitors?
How many living spaces? Indoor-outdoor flow. A deck for entertaining or a place for a playground?
One or two bathrooms? Ensuite?
Storage space for sports equipment, linen, toys?
Workspace with room for a computer?
Garaging for your vehicles and other equipment?
Once you have decided on your design we will then price your home with any changes that you have made. If no changes have been made a price will take approximately 3 days. A design with changes can take up to 10 working days.
We will provide you with a copy of a building contract, specifications and plans. We advise all clients to take this information to their Solicitors for discussion and explanation.
Time to start
Once all the paperwork is completed we will sit down with our experienced Project Manager and discuss approximate starting dates and approximate completion dates.