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How to save money when building in a remote location

July 23, 2018

Imagine that you have discovered land for sale in your favourite part of New Zealand and taken the leap and bought a section. It might…

The Kit Homes Fiji Needed Have Just Have Arrived..

February 1, 2018

Fraemohs Homes is continuing to develop its strong ties with the Pacific Islands, through a new partnership with Pacific Property Solutions. Fraemohs has always had…

Building A Holiday Home

November 28, 2017

At this time of the year many of us are hanging out for that long-awaited summer holiday with family and friends. Just as spending time…

Home Maintenance And Spring Cleaning Tips For New Homes

September 18, 2017

Once you have moved into your brand new home, you will likely find that you spend far less time on home maintenance than you did…

Healthy Homes And The Benefits Of Building With Solid Timber

August 30, 2017

In our last blog we discussed why condensation forms and the practical steps you can take to prevent it in your home. This time we…

How To Banish Condensation From Your Home

July 20, 2017

Winter is well and truly here and many of you will be battling the daily curse of condensation dripping from your windows when you get…

What You Need To Know About Your Budget To Build A House

June 22, 2017

We Kiwis are known for our laidback, “she’ll be right” attitude. While this approach can work well in some circumstances, coming up with a budget…

Size Can Be Deceiving

May 24, 2017

Real estate agents always encourage clients to declutter their homes when selling them as rooms look much bigger if they have less in them. When…

Choosing The Best Home Orientation For Your Site

May 1, 2017

Many of us grew up in older homes where the sunniest room in the house was the bathroom or the laundry! Fortunately these days we…

What Is Passive Design?

April 27, 2017

You may have heard the term “passive design” but what does it actually mean? Basically passive design means utilising free renewable sources of energy such…

Tips For A Warm, Dry Home

April 12, 2017

Here at Fraemohs we love autumn with its sunny but crisp days and the prospect of cosy nights in. It is neat to see mushrooms…

Let’s Talk About Roof Styles

March 9, 2017

When it comes to roof styles for houses, there are a number of different options. Two of the most common kinds of roof design are…

Home Design Ideas For When You Are Downsizing

March 6, 2017

Many couples discover that once their children move out of home, their 200 to 300 square metre family home is suddenly too large for them.…

High-End Family Homes To Suit Your Budget

February 16, 2017

Architectural builds are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those looking to build their dream high-end family home. And many people think the best way…

Fraemohs Timber Chalets Welcoming The World In Alexandra

January 27, 2017

Mirabell Chalets in Alexandra have found that Fraemohs solid timber chalets make ideal accommodation for visitors from all over the globe. In fact Mirabell Chalets’…

New And Improved Fraemohs Home Plans

December 16, 2016

We’re always looking for ways to improve our home plans and give our clients the best, most comfortable spaces to live in. And so, after…

Which Type Of Timber Home Is Most Warm: Solid Timber Or TimberMode?

December 12, 2016

Clients often ask us for information about the R-value (a measure of thermal resistance of a material) of the walls in our solid timber homes,…

Why Our Timber Homes Perform So Well In Earthquakes

December 8, 2016

With the demand for earthquake proof house designs increasing every day, more and more New Zealanders are asking us why Fraemohs Solid Timber Homes perform so…

Understanding R-value And Thermal Efficiency

December 6, 2016

If you haven’t already, please read Part One of this blog series first, as it provides some background information on the R-value and thermal efficiency, which…

Why Shouldn’t I Use The R-Value To Compare Builders?

October 27, 2016

Clients often ask us for information about the R-value (a measure of thermal resistance of a material) of the walls in our homes, hoping to…

Fraemohs Kitsets At Home In All Climates

September 20, 2016

While Fraemohs Homes is a well-known name to many New Zealanders, you may be surprised to learn that we have also supplied our solid timber…

Some Of Our Recent Builds, Part 2

September 12, 2016

Style: Timbermode, based on the Willows plan Location: Rolleston, Christchurch Completed: 2015 Description: 4 bedrooms with linea cladding. Read what our client (Ben) had to say…

Some Of Our Recent Builds, Part 1

September 12, 2016

Style: Timbermode, loosely based on the Kowhai Location: Pegasus, North Canterbury Completed: March, 2017 Description: Architecturally designed cedar clad Timbermode home adapted from one of our plans. A…

The Relevance Of Cladding When You Build A House

August 28, 2016

In our last blog we discussed the pitfalls of using a square metre rate as the basis for making decisions when you are choosing a…

Why Square Metre Rates Can Be Misleading

August 2, 2016

Here at Fraemohs Homes, people looking at our house plans often ask us to provide a square metre rate for building a home. They can…

Advantages Of Eco Friendly Timber Treatment

July 26, 2016

Because timber is a natural product it can deteriorate over time. In nature, wood is eventually broken down in the environment by moisture and living…

Solid Timber Homes Have Superior Insulation Qualities

July 4, 2016

The team at Fraemohs Homes are passionate about making warm, healthy timber kit houses for New Zealanders. Gone are the bad old days when Kiwis…

Helping You Navigate Those Pre-Building Hurdles

June 23, 2016

For many people, the most challenging part of building their own home is actually navigating council consenting requirements, not the build itself! These days councils…

Building Your Own Kitset Home Made Easy

June 6, 2016

One of the key messages that comes across when you talk to homeowners with a Fraemohs kitset home is how easy they found the whole…

Name Our Home – But Not HouseyMcHouseface Please!

May 22, 2016

When the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) launched its #NameOurShip campaign for its new polar research vessel, we’re betting the name “BoatyMcBoatface” never occurred…