Section & Build Process


Below is an outline of the general process you can expect to go through for a Section & Build offering from a building company. This process relates to the design and build of a home on a section that they are offering as a package, or the design and build of a home on a section that you may already have.


Section viewing

We will meet at the section to discuss the topography, shape, size, sun aspect, views and access. All of these factors help us establish design parameters such as foundation type and layout of rooms, etc. We’ll also contact the local authority to check out any information or regulations they have on the property that will effect the house design and construction.


Design brief

Typically we have advertised the H&L package with a pre-designed house on the section, however we listen to what you would like to incorporate into the home design. You can start with the advertised plan and customise it to better suit your requirements. Or we can create a unique house plan just for you. Alternatively, you can bring us your own design – we can work with that too!


Concept Design

Once you’re satisfied with the brief, we’ll have our designer prepare the concept design drawings. During this process we will gather further information on your site from the local authority and assess any impact it may have on your design. We’ll then present you with the concept design for you’re feedback. This includes a site plan showing how your home will be oriented on your site, floor plan, and elevations showing cladding, roof line and windows etc.


Sign the contract

Once you’re happy with the design, and confirmed the specifications and any variations you would like, we’ll provide you with a fixed contract quote. Variations for example, may be upgrading your kitchen benchtop, insulating the garage door or you may want to change appliances from our standard specification. Once you confirm you’re happy with the fixed contract quote, a building agreement is drafted which is subject to you obtaining finance and your lawyer’s approval within 12 working days. Once you confirm the section and the building agreement you pay the appropriate deposits and then meet the builder to sign the 10-year Build Guarantee.


Construction Drawings and consent

Now the contracts are confirmed, a topographic survey (if required is ordered), construction drawings will be prepared followed by engineering. Note: Based on results of the  topographical survey retaining walls if any will be confirmed and additional costs may result. If the title is issued, the construction drawings and engineering calculations are submitted to local authorities for a Building Consent. This is typically a 4 to 6 week process.


Kitchen, colours & finishes

While the drawings are in for consent, this is a good time for you to meet with the kitchen company and finalise details of your design. Meet with the colour consultant and select your flooring, interior & exterior colour scheme. Each of our expert consultants in these areas will help guide you through these decisions.


Building Starts

Once your building consent is issued we set about starting your new home build. Building usually takes around 28-36 weeks depending on the size and complexity of your home.
We will touch base with you before building commences and you are encouraged to come on site at key building stages to confirm such things as electrical layout, landscaping and see how things are progressing.


Move In!

On completion of your build and landscaping, and once the local authority are satisfied, a code of compliance is issued. After your final walk-through to check you’re happy with everything, we then hand over the keys to your new home.