Our Full Build Service – Available In Canterbury

Please note our full architectural design and build service is available in Christchurch and Canterbury only. For anyone wanting one of our homes in another part of New Zealand or overseas, we can provide you with a kitset for any of our homes (wherever you live) and you can construct the home yourself (if you are reasonably handy), or we can refer you to one of the many experienced builders in our nationwide network who can build it for you. 

At Fraemohs Homes, our dedicated team of very experienced sales staff, designers, builders and tradespeople work together to help you create a home you love. You will be involved throughout the entire process, from the initial design phase to the final lick of paint. However, because our systems are so robust, once all the design and fittings decisions are made you could easily head off on holiday for a few months and come back to find your new home finished exactly the way you want it.


The first step in the process is to meet with one of our experienced consultants on site to discuss your design requirements. We have a range of plans designed by one of Australasia’s leading architects so there is sure to be one that will suit your site and allow you to make the most of your space, and maximise sun and any views.  Your consultant will work with you to choose the best design for your site and decide on any changes that should be made to the plan to suit your needs.  If you decide that you would like to change one of our preferred plans we ask for a design deposit to enable us to proceed. This deposit is part of your build costs and comes off the contract deposit.

Once you’ve decided on the best plan, we will assess your site including carrying out soil testing to check load-bearing conditions.  

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We price your new home and you decide on all the options. You will get a full specification that includes everything that is in your home and all the contract documentation ready to take to the bank. We include an expected build time in the building contract.


Now is the fun part where you finalise your choices for your new home. You will meet with our very experienced colour consultant in our selection centre to choose all the colours for your home’s interior and exterior. You will also meet with our kitchen designers to finalise your kitchen plans. This is the exciting bit!


We prepare all the documentation for the Council and apply for a building consent. If you require a resource consent we can help you with that too.

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The build begins

We start with the foundation and work our way up. You will be updated weekly by your project manager and have regular meetings on site with them. We also take photos throughout the build that you have access to so if you don’t live where we are building your new house, you can still keep up with the progress.

When your home is completed you meet with the Project Manager on site to ensure you are happy with everything.


Prior to handing the home over to you, a Notice of Inspection will have been completed by your Local Council. This means your home has been completed to Code Compliance Stage as per the Building Consent requirements. Under the Building Act 2004, all Territorial Authorities have 20 working days to issue a Code of Compliance Certificate. This does not prevent you from moving into your home but you should be aware that your Code of Compliance Certificate may not arrive prior to the expiration of this timeframe.

If you are drawing down mortgage funds, your Bank will most likely require to see the Notice of Inspection, a copy of which your Project Supervisor will provide to you. If you wish to take possession prior to the Code of Compliance Certificate having been issued, you will also be required to sign an Agreement under Section 364(2) of the Building Act 2004. Please refer to clause 21 (Possession) of your Building Agreement. Your Project Supervisor will give you this Agreement prior to handover.

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Now you are in your home it is time to sit back and enjoy your new home and lifestyle!


For more information visit our Architectural Homes page.

Or to enquire about your own project, email us here.