Architectural homes

We often find that people come to us because they want a home that is a little bit different to your usual “production line” home. Often these people have already engaged an architect to design their home and had consent plans drawn up. However, upon taking their plans to a builder, they have been horrified to find that the price to build their architect’s design is double or even triple their budget. This is an expensive exercise for the homeowner who ends up with some very costly plans for an architectural home that they can’t afford to build.


Our architects

In response to a higher level of architectural design requests in our homes, in 2021 Fraemohs Homes have assembled our own in-house architectural team.

To support our design visions, Fraemohs worked with several architecture companies in New Zealand and Australia. We have decided that to provide the absolute best in architectural excellence for our customers, we needed an exceptional architect with extensive design experience who could specialise exclusively in our products and materials. Because the materials are so unique and can be better utilised from an architectural perspective, needed a full-time design team.

We were thrilled to acquire the services of Lee-Ann Joy, who has returned home to New Zealand after 12 years of working for high-end architectural practices and developers. And has experience in teaching design in several universities in Australia.

Lee-Ann has come onboard as our Design Manager. And has brought her PhD interest which has identified Fraemohs’ Solid Timber construction as an item of interest in its research into portable home construction that internationally is gathering much attention in the design and build market.

Based in our Christchurch office, we have created a team to support Lee-Ann, and are excited for a future that will have the impact of Lee-Ann and her design team on our customers’ homes.

Architectural homes, realistic prices

Because architects tend to work independently and are not involved in the costing of the build, a staggering 80% of architectural home plans never actually get built, because the design ends up being unaffordable for the client.

At Fraemohs our architects design our homes in partnership with our technical and production personnel, to arrive at designs which have architectural merit, and can be produced at the agreed price. No moving of the goal posts. For customers looking for something even higher on the architectural scale, you can easily customise our homes by working with our Lee-Ann and our architecture team. Our architect and design personnel will advise you on how to maximise efficiencies between our pre-existing modular designs and the materials used. To arrive at an architecturally designed home of exceptional quality, at a realistic price.

Case study: Governors Bay

Our client came to us with a house design, already drawn up by an architect. When their original builder pulled out of the project, they were left with house plans but no one to build them. We worked with our client to modify the plans such that their original architectural vision could be realised, at a price they could afford. Read more..

“The build process itself was flawless. Jason who managed the build from Fraemohs is fantastic, he’s an amazing guy. And the Fraemohs team is fantastic too; 10 out of 10 for the build by Fraemohs.

– Mala, Governors Bay