This depends on you! Involving a builder from the beginning of the project can help you consider different ideas and understand how the proposed project fits with your budget, before committing to getting plans drawn. Having seen hundreds of homes (literally),
Craig is expert at finding solutions. Alternatively, you may have plans already drawn up and be looking for a builder that will bring your project to life.
A number of factors come into play here – if the project is high specification, new build and/or complex, you will most likely want an architect involved. Whereas if you have small renovation and a firm idea of what you are after, a draughtsperson may be sufficient to supply the service that you require. If you aren’t sure, Bright Build can help you.
All building work done in New Zealand must comply with the Building Code, and many projects will need a building consent. If you’re doing ‘low-risk’ building work, it may be exempt under the Building Act.
Some basic building work, such as laying a patio or installing kitchen cupboards, may not require a building consent. Most building work, however, does need a building consent.
Your council can tell you about any district or regional plans that may require you to get resource consent or other permits (for example: heritage areas).
Restricted Building Work is work that is critical to the integrity of a building, and must be done properly to ensure the building is structurally sound and weathertight. By law, only Licensed Building Practitioners can undertake Restricted Building Work (RBW).
If your project involves Restricted Building Work, the answer is yes, you need an LBP to do or supervise the building work. To become an LBP it is necessary to prove to independent assessors that they are properly skilled, and an LBP must continue to practice in their specialised area and undertake ongoing professional development skills programmes to retain their license.
There are a number of quality criteria required to become Registered Master Builder. Applicants are assessed on: building experience, practical management experience, and trade and professional qualifications. Quality workmanship must be demonstrated, and previous clients are contacted to ensure the building work is of a high standard and has satisfied their expectations. Finally, members must show evidence of financial responsibility, providing written references from their bank, accountant and building material suppliers.
Once accepted into Registered Master Builders, members are provided with additional education, support and networking opportunities, all designed to increase knowledge and create superior builders. So, if you choose a Registered Master Builder, you know that they have met the stringent criteria set. Also, only a Registered Master Builder can offer you peace of mind with a 10-year Master Build Guarantee on residential work. And if you want to enter your project in House of the Year – the competition is only open to work undertaken by Registered Master Builders.
Absolutely! Remember, we give you a whole year from completion to live with and observe the quality of our building. In the unlikely event you find an issue with our workmanship (or our sub-contractors), we will correct it at our cost.
And as a member of Registered Master Builders, we have exclusive access to the Master Build Guarantee. We can provide information on the three guarantee options available for varying levels of cover (including: Defects in Structure/ Materials/ Workmanship, Structural Cover, Fungal Rot and Decay).
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