5 practical reasons why you should build new

Article by Homes to Love

The journey to home ownership should be an enjoyable one, which is why Shelley Ferguson has made it her mission to find out how to make the process as stress free as possible. Here are five practical reasons why building new is the way to go

5 practical reasons why you should build new

Building a new home is a journey – the key is to complete it as smoothly and stress free as possible. As the Editor in Chief of Your Home and Garden, Shelley Ferguson is passionate about home design, which is why she’s made it her mission to find out how easy and enjoyable the process can be.

She’s discovered the exciting possibilities of building new and how it gives you the ability to design your home your way. Here are five reasons why building new can bring you closer to your dream home:

1. You can have exactly what you want and need

The biggest benefit of building a new home is being able to create a house that’s tailor-made for you and your family. From the moment you move in, your personal style is already stamped on everything, so it will really feel like home. Unlike an older house, there’s no need to save and plan for renovation projects to make the space feel more like ‘you’. Having a blank canvas means you can really think about what your lifestyle is like and build a home that meets those needs.

There’s a myth that building from plans can be quite restrictive, but these days the options are really flexible. Trusted building companies like Signature Homes understand how unique each project is – from the land to the family and their priorities. They can design and build your home, and they have hundreds of plans available which can then be easily changed to suit your style. “Most of our clients use the plans as a starting point, and then make changes based on their tastes and needs” say Paul Bull, CEO of Signature Homes.

2. Your home will be built to the latest building standards

Investing in a new-build is a sure-fire way to make sure that your home is built to a high standard. Regulations continue to evolve to ensure homes are warmer and healthier thanks to better insulation and double glazing. These lower heating costs could also help you to save money in the long run. Building new can give you peace of mind by knowing that your home was built using quality materials to today’s higher standards.

Partnering with a building company is a simple way to take the hassle and stress out of the process. The design, construction and budgeting is managed by a dedicated team who are responsible for ensuring your home ticks all the building-quality boxes.  With access to cutting edge design and the best building materials, your new home will stand the test of time and have lower maintenance costs.

3. It’s more efficient and less maintenance

We all know how poorly insulated and damp many New Zealand homes can be, which is why building from scratch is a smarter option. New homes with good insulation and glazing are warmer, drier and cheaper to heat. This is good for both your pocket and the environment. By building new, you can also ensure that eco-friendly appliances and water-conserving plumbing fixtures are fitted throughout, which will help to reduce your utility bills. Building companies like Signature Homes are also eco-conscious and can offer quotes for solar tiles and solar panels.

An efficient home built from the latest hard-wearing materials is the ultimate low-effort combination. Compared to an older home that often has hidden costs, your new home will require less time and money to maintain.

4. Your new home will be under warranty

Following the leaky home crisis, all new homes built today are required to comply with much stricter guidelines and regulations. This is great if you’re building new as you can rest assured that you’ll be covered should any issues arise. All new homes are covered under The Building Act, which gives you a 10 year implied guarantee. Building companies like Signature Homes also offer comprehensive guarantees to protect you and your home. These guarantees include a fixed build cost and even a finish date. After you move in you’ll also be covered by a 10 year weather tightness, maintenance and structural guarantee – so you can really feel secure.

5. You can include modern design and technology

Constructing a new home gives you the opportunity to personalise it with modern design and cutting edge technology. Whether it’s as simple as a walk in wardrobe or as special as a media room, you can customise the layout and design of your home to reflect the way you want to live. With practical design solutions from the experts, you can add both style and functionality to your home – and even maximise your sun and your privacy.

Not only are heating and energy technologies making our lives easier and more comfortable but advancements in lighting, security and entertainment mean smart home automation is more accessible than ever before. The state of the art technology now found in new appliances and fittings will also help you to future proof your home. A great first step is to set up a meeting with a building consultant who will be able to give you advice on your vision and how you can achieve it.

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