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.
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.
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.
There are there are tremendous efficiencies to be gained with a design and build managed by a single building company. Much of that can be quantified in clear and real dollar savings. But many of the benefits are harder to quantify and you might even benefit from speaking with someone you know and trust who has dealt with building companies before, and gone through a design and build. Reduced stress, increased confidence, higher accountability – these are some of the factors we would point to as a real drawcard for when you come to design and build your home with the same company.
Selecting one of our pre-designed architectural homes can be a really good way of getting those features you want, at a price you can afford. It might mean a trade-off in some areas because to get those savings you may have to forgo some of the really custom features which tend to add to the bottom line.
If there is a little flexibility in your budget though, you might be surprised at what you can get by simply customising one of our existing house designs. For instance, if you spot a design which is nearly but not quite what you are after, then in all likelihood you can modify the designs to suit your own personal lifestyle. Adding bedrooms, bathrooms, extra garage spaces, skylights, an open plan living area or extra living spaces… these are all common requests and very doable.
Homes in our pre-designed range have been designed by our highly regarded architect who specialises in Scandinavian architecture. That is to say, you would be getting a home designed by an excellent architect even if you selected straight from the plan. These homes are just a little more general in their design to suit more people, rather than having been individually designed to suit you specifically as a 100% custom design and build led by our in-house architect would be.
Yes that should be fine – just check there is no copyright claim over the designs because if there is, that could present issues. Besides that though we are very happy working from other architects’ designs; we’re pretty good too at making otherwise cost prohibitive architectural designs actually work. So if you’ve taken your architect’s designs to other builders and been told they can’t be done at a reasonable cost, it might still be worth contacting us. This case study is quite a good case in point.
Yes this is a typical design and build project and we have several options to suit different budgets. Getting started is often as simple as sketching down on a piece of paper a rough idea of what you are wanting and then sending it to us / bringing it in to discuss in person. You might also want to find a design with the potential to become a home you love from our plan range; you can save a lot of money by basing your home on one of our existing designs.
It doesn’t have to and if you are very disciplined in your planning, you can almost nullify the cost of customisations by sticking close to one of our pre-existing designs. For most people though the reality is that a home is a place they’re going to spend a major part of their life and they want to feel perfectly comfortable in it. Which generally means spending a little more to accommodate customisations.
Yes. Hill building is fairly specialised and we are very experienced at it. It’s important to note that basically all hill build projects in fact require a full design and build service, because of all the inherent variances in sloping sections; the angle of the slope, composition of the terrain etc. So you can’t typically select a pre-existing house design, you will need to get a custom design to suit the section. If you are looking to build on a hill, we have more information on our hill builds page.
Yes we do offer house and land packages, all around New Zealand. To see our latest listings, view our TradeMe page. You can also contact our franchises directly to speak with them about any upcoming house and land opportunities near you – get their contact details here.
For sure. There are some design considerations, like setting the angle of the house and pitch of the roof to maximise the efficiency of solar panels. Besides that though, being off-grid usually relates more to the services than the design or construction of your house. Meaning a third party off-grid energy installer of your choice is probably going to be more involved in setting you up for off-grid energy than us (though we can probably recommend a suitable installer for you). Note that all of our homes are designed to be energy efficient; that’s just part of Scandinavian architecture. In addition to the Scandinavian architectural approach which make all our homes energy efficient, homes from our Solid Timber range have the added advantage of being built almost entirely from a single material which is extremely good at naturally storing and distributing heat which is why they’re so warm and dry. Learn more about building with Solid Timber. Or view our eco homes page for more information on building an environmentally friendly home.
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