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When building a home in New Zealand, you need to deal with a builder that understands the uniqueness of our beautiful terrain, stunning scenery and of course our climate.

To help you to become as informed as possible about your journey, and of course to keep up with the latest in our network and the building industry, we’ve developed a quiet place for you to enjoy perusing articles we’ve published. These touch on the latest in design advice, innovation and inspiration, building tips and advice, and of course some case studies which we hope will get you excited about your home building journey with David Reid Homes… so pull up a chair, grab a coffee and enjoy!

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    Shed Some Light on this David Reid Homes Taupō French Country Build

    A little bit farmhouse, a tiny touch French, this new build alongside the waters of the Waikato is spectacular inside and out. A river runs past past it. Or is it a lake? Whatever you call it, this spot is supreme. “You could name it the Waikato River or Lake Ohakuri and neither would be wrong,” explains Hayley Tocker who was drawn to live here on the site of a former wakeboard camp by her then-fiancé Marty.
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    Build Your Dream Home with David Reid Homes Dunedin

    We at David Reid Homes have been building in the greater Dunedin region since 2003, with over 100 custom designed architectural homes to the David Reid Homes Dunedin franchise’s name. The franchise covers a broad area, from Dunedin out to Balclutha and Palmerston, and west to Middlemarch and Naseby.
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    Shelter in Place with David Reid Homes

    Staying safe by staying put was no hardship in this Pukekohe home built by the David Reid Homes Pukekohe team. There's no denying lockdown 2020 was tough but for Brendon and Leonie Hamill, there was a silver lining: it allowed them the luxury of time to settle into their freshly minted home on Pukekohe Hill and see how it functioned under extreme circumstances. It passed with flying colours.
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    New Show Home at Nga Roto Estate for David Reid Homes Taupo

    David Reid Homes is excited to announce the successful opening of our brand new Taupo show home in the Nga Roto Estate.  Saturday the 27th of February was the grand opening for Scott Hare and the David Reid Homes Taupo team. The Taupo franchise extends across much of the Central Plateau, through to the Waitomo and Otorohanga Districts, to South Waikato, and of course the Greater Taupo District. David Reid Homes has been building in this area since 2004, and Scott is an experienced and pro-active builder and project manager, with 13 years of experience behind him.
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    How to Landscape Your New Build Sustainably

    In this blog, the third part in our sustainability series, we’ll go through the what, where and why of our recommendations for landscaping around your home to ensure every step in your custom design build is sustainable and efficient, right down to the final one.
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    Building an Efficient Home in New Zealand

    When designing your new home it is important to consider how energy efficient you would like it to be. Efficient homes are created by making informed decisions on construction methods, appliances, lighting and water. In this blog, we’ll go through five recommendations for the design and specifications stage to ensure your new custom build home is as warm, healthy and efficient.
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    A Recap of an Outstanding 2020 with David Reid Homes

    2020 has been a difficult year for many as a whole, and David Reid Homes New Zealand has been very fortunate to have been able to continue with our dreams and plans, albeit with some delays. In this blog, we’d like to share with you some highlights of the year for us, and the ways in which our teams have adapted to the circumstances with true resilience, to make 2020 our best year yet.
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