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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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    10 Reasons To Love Winter

    Short days, widespread snow and continuous frosts, winter seems to be more brutal than usual this year. The colds and sniffles are doing the rounds and without so much as a hint of warm weather in the air, it’s easy to feel a little blue.
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    Keeping Up With Your Builder

    STEP BY STEP: Builders should make provision for regular inspections. Caught up in the euphoria of planning your new home, it’s easy to overlook the specifics of how your builder operates. But in much the same way that it’s advisable to have a contract that covers every eventuality, it’s also handy to know how your builder works as this will smooth the building process and make it easier to handle any changes.
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    Build Your First Home and Beat the LVR Rule

    The Reserve Bank’s LVR restrictions have severely impacted first home buyers’ ability to make that step onto the property ladder. But with a housing shortage crisis looming, the rules were relaxed last year, to encourage people to build, rather than buy.
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    New Consumer Protection Measures

    As of Jan 1st 2015 a number of changes in the Building Act came into force, offering more protective measures for consumers having building work done by a contractor. The New Consumer Protection Measures were a result of the Building Amendment Act 2013, and aim to ensure there is a clear understanding in writing between homeowners and building contractors before building work commences.
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    Home Build Checklist

    Getting your ideas down on paper is the best way to refine plans for a new home or a major renovation. And part of that process should be compiling a checklist that will take you through the process from start to finish.
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    Breaking Ground

    Welcome to our new blog, take a look around, make yourself at home. Whether you’re building a new home, renovating your existing home or simply wanting to find out more about David Reid Homes, you’ll find it here. Our team of designers, architects and builders have a wealth of experience and we’ll be picking their brains to bring you the most current news and advice available.
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