Tell us about your hopes and dreams!
To ensure we really understand what you would like and what spaces and functions you need in your barn home, please provide a brief, along with any images, mood boards, and floor plans. Please also include images and aspects of things you ‘don’t’ like. This will help us match your vision with one of our Modular Barn Homes, or Modular Barn Frames. Please note that keeping to our standard modules will save on design and engineering costs, as well as shorten your overall design timeline.
We will also need information on the location of your building platform so that we can site your home in a way that optimizes the site and location. For this, we will need your Lot #, legal description and if on sloped land then we’ll also need a topo survey plan provided by a cadastral surveyor. Information on prevailing winds, views you want to optimize as well as position of potential outdoor spaces, parking and driveway access are all important in developing the site plan. Photos and any videos of the site would also be useful. If needed, we are happy to do a site visit at an additional cost.
It is also important for us to understand any parameters that we need to work within specific to your site, e.g., cladding types, overall height, recession planes, etc. For this, we will ask you to supply an idea of what overall exterior look you are after. While we are not planners, our design team will review the local District Plan and identify any potential planning issues like setback requirements and height restrictions. We’ll also require a current CoT (certificate of title) and any underlying consent notices (don’t worry, we can obtain these on your behalf). Please note that any breach of planning rules may result in the need to apply for a Resource Consent.
Size, complexity, location and level of fitout and finish drive the final build price of your home, so it is also important for us to understand your budget so that we can steer you with both size and design choices to meet your budget. After all, there is no point designing a beautiful home that you cannot afford. We would also recommend that you connect with one of our local builder partners early on so that they can help provide feedback on expected build costs through the design process.