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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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    Building Homes For The Future

    Sustainable construction is the future of the building industry. As proud Kiwis, David Reid Homes is committed to incorporating thermally efficient features to minimise the impact we have on the environment.
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    Kitchen Design Tips

    Over the past decade kitchens have made a comeback and now play a starring role in the modern home. Open plan kitchens that flow into the dining and living and alfresco areas are becoming the norm. David Reid Homes Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough owner Paul Richards has been in the trade for 34 years, and when he first started out, kitchens were not given much consideration at all.
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    Storing Wine At Home

    Any wine enthusiast worth their salt will have a stash of wine in their spare bedroom wardrobe, dreaming of an underground cellar to store their collection in.
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    Hill Builds

    Steep sites and extreme weather conditions are common in New Zealand, creating challenges for our home designers and builders. Here at David Reid Homes our team are experts at hill builds, and we’re passionate about designing homes using techniques and materials to withstand the challenges of New Zealand’s variable weather conditions and unique geographical features.
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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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