We do it all for you. This is all part of the Japan Homes service.
There are heaps of decisions to make when building a new home. How will I be helped with this?
Our design and project management team are absolute experts when it comes to advising, guiding and supporting you to make the best possible decisions throughout every phase of the design and construction process. You will be guided every step of the way.
What quality control systems do you have in place?
Every new home we build is managed by our project manager. And he is very serious and fanatical when it comes to quality control. We have our own stringent quality checks throughout the construction process, as well as Council inspections during construction and upon final completion of your new home.
How long will it take to build our home?
Generally allow approximately 20 weeks from the time consents are finalised to the completion of your new home. Every situation is different, depending on the complexity of the home, weather variables and how quickly decisions are made including the design, product and colour choices, house size, site, costing, extreme weather conditions, building permits, etc.
I’d like you to build my beautiful new home. How do I get started?
Contact us to set up a time to chat about your new home vision.
Do you have a showhome?
Our last showhome was at 31 Atkinson, Papatoetoe, Auckland
This is a stunning example of what quality and skills Japan Homes brings in your project.
How I track the progress of my new home?
We use wonderful cloud-based software Builders Trend that allows you real-time 24/7 access to the construction timeline of your new home. Not only will this help you to understand the entire construction process, but it allows you to see what is happening, the progress of your home construction, and when you will need to have made important decisions by. You can also see progress photos of your home as it is built and share information freely.
Can I have input into the interiors, kitchens, colours etc?
Absolutely, this is one of the fun parts in the process. Our different build packages have different flexibility built into the packages. For example in the Investor package you are able to choose from one of 5 exterior and 3 interior colour schemes. In the Family Plus package there is a colour consultant included with full personalisation encouraged.
Can I make changes to the plans?
Changes and revisions can be made during the design process; however, all the decisions are made prior to construction with our design team to avoid confusion among trades and our superintendents. We work with you when making decisions because we understand that building a new home can be a very stressful time for you, we like to make it as stress free as we can possibly can.
What if we want to build a home that isn’t one of your existing plans?
Whether you choose one of our plans, one of our plans with modifications, or you have your dream home drawn on a napkin, our amazing design team can design for you the home of your dreams, tailored specifically to your personality, taste, needs and lifestyle.
Do I need to have architectural plans?
This is a very common question. The answer to that is no, but if you do that’s fine too. You can pick from one of our amazing plans from our plan portfolio or you can use our design team to work with you to design a custom home that is unique and custom to you and your family’s needs.
Do you have standard plans?
Yes we do. Sometimes we find that for total peace of mind our clients just want to choose a house plan that best suits their needs, and then sit back and watch their new home being built. If this sounds like you, then Japan Homes is your best option. All you have to do is simply choose the best plan for you from our range of plans that is ever increasing. These aren’t just any old plans that you’ll see out there in your travels. And any existing plan can be adapted to suit your site and your particular needs.
Can I make changes to the house plans once construction has started?
Of course you can. We work closely with you throughout the construction of your new home, to keep you are fully informed, guided and supported to make important decisions. This allows you to make changes as and when required. Keep in mind that any changes may affect cost and you will be fully advised accordingly.
Can JPH help me to find a suitable section to build on?
Yes – through our Intent to Progress system we will assist you with finding the right section for you. Alternatively we can investigate sites located by clients to assess suitability and costs.
How does the design process work?
You simply arrange to meet with our design team members who are absolutely exceptional when it comes to designing stunning homes tailored to your vision. Bring with you all of your plans, vision, ideas and everything you have that will help us understand exactly what it is you’re after. We will then draw up a concept plan for you. Once you’re happy with it, it then goes to a working drawing, as you crystallise and fine-tune your plan, shaping it into a real live working plan, so that you create the exact home you are wanting.
What qualifications does your team have?
Director Mickey Okabe is a Registered Master Builder with over 10 years’ experience in the building industry. Our contractors are Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs). Our Project Manager has a wealth of experience of successfully managing the building process so that your home is constructed according to plan and on schedule. He has complete commitment to quality assurance. Our architectural design team design stunning homes that capture your dreams and are a real pleasure for you to live in.
New Home Cost, Payment and Contract
Do you provide a fixed price contract?
Totally. The price we quote you is the price you pay. We provide you with very detailed specifications so that you know exactly what you are getting with your design and build. Our quote is for the entire project, with no hidden extras. Once the concept plan has been drawn, working drawings completed and products selected, we will provide a fixed price contract for you. If you change your mind during the process and want to upgrade or change your products, then we will provide you with revised costs.
How much does a house cost per square metre?
The cost of a home is driven by you. There are many variables that influence this, including the design, products selected, such as exterior cladding, floor coverings, lighting, appliances, etc. As a guide, we say that our homes start from $2,000 per square metre.
I want to design and build my new home, but I have no idea about how to get a loan for it?
We would be happy to help you get started on the loan process. We can put you in touch with a lender that will best fit your situation.
How does Japan Homes help me SAVE money?
Simply planning a design project saves money by preventing mistakes. One of our strongest points is quickness. We provide fast design and fast construction that save a huge amount of your budget. We also help choose materials and build processes that can be more efficient, last longer and reduce maintenance cost. Further, we help our clients develop budgets at the design stage with options that keep control of costs during the planning stage.
How are progress payments made?
Your contract will advise how many progress payments are made, how much each payment will be and the timing of each progress payment.
Will the construction of my home be professionally managed for me?
Your designated project manager is an absolute expert at managing the construction of your new home. They will make absolutely certain that every facet of the build process is completed to our exceptionally high standards, on time and within budget. They also carefully guide you every step of the way to help you to make important decisions, so that your home is exactly the way you want it.
Do you provide a maintenance guarantee?
Absolutely. And we care way beyond the mandatory 90 day maintenance guarantee. If you have any issues with your new home, we’ll be right round to sort them for you.
What does the Master Build Guarantee cover?
It covers you in the unlikely event of:
1. Loss of deposit
2. Non-completion of building
3. Material, workmanship and structural cover
Do you provide a guarantee?
Absolutely. Japan Homes is a member of the Registered Master Builders Association. We offer an optional ten year Master Build Guarantee (Standard, Classic or Premium) on each home that we build. We also personally guarantee all of our new homes.
How much can I expect it to cost?
Bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor areas range in sizes and styles. We are happy to provide a free quote upon determination of your needs. As a guide an average bathroom and kitchen cost about $20,000 to $50,000
Will we be able to live in our home whilst we are renovating our bathroom or kitchen?
Often this is possible. But you do need to be prepared, as the bathroom or kitchen will be unusable for the duration of work. You may require a portable toilet and shower and Japan Homes can assist in hiring portable amenities at additional cost. We cover all walkways with plastic sheets for the duration of the renovation to keep the rest of your house as clean as possible.
How long will it take?
It will depend on the size and the complexity of the renovation. As a guide, an average bathroom takes from 2 weeks and an average kitchen also takes from 2 weeks. Outdoors areas such as pergolas and decks are weather dependent. Assuming we have good weather and again depending on the size and complexity, we estimate approximately 10 days.
How do I kickstart the renovation process?
The best way is to contact us by phone (0800-00-5055) or send us email enquiry form from this website and tell us your plan. We can then start research on it, arrange a meeting with you to make the best plan for you with a quotation.
Do you need council approval or a building permit?
Provided the renovation is not a major structural change, you usually do not need council approval such as Building Consent. Some outdoor areas (decks and pergolas etc.) may require council approval if they are changing the structure of your house, or impacting your neighbours. When discussing your proposed renovations, Japan Homes can advise you whether you need to get Building Consent from local Council. Typically, if you need to go through council approval, our LBP-registered designer will be able to assist with the application.
Do I have to be home during the renovation?
It’s up to you, but we are able to securely supervise the renovations without you having to stay home. Some people go on holidays while we renovate their homes. You can rest assured knowing your home will be in safe hands, with strict key security measures in place, full supervision of the renovation and a team that will always respect your home and your privacy.
What charge is there to have a kitchen design done?
There is no charge for either a kitchen design or a home visit by our staff.
I want to install a new kitchen but need to do some builders work first. Can you handle that?
Yes. We have our own builders on staff. Using his services can make the whole job a lot easier and more cost effective.
Can I email you through some kitchens plan to quote?
Yes. Please email us your kitchen plan with as much information as possible. Most importantly, please include the overall dimensions of your kitchen.
We live quite a distance from your company”s office. Can you still help us with a kitchen?
Yes we install kitchens all over Auckland as well as out of town areas.
Can I choose the tiles, bench tops, appliances etc?
We encourage you to have as much input into the design as possible, as no one knows your taste better than you do. We guide you through the selection process and advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of the products you are considering.
I'm interested in a new kitchen so what do I do next?
If you are at the stage where you require a kitchen design and quote give us a call or contact as through an online enquiry form from our website to let us know your plan. Then we will arrange all the necessary things for you to realise your best plan step by step.
I need a company that can handle the complete kitchen job including builders work, managing sub trades, painting and flooring?
Yes we can manage your job from start to finish. Our customers range from weekend warriors who like to do as much as possible themselves, to others who want the whole job organised and managed for them.
How long does it take to have a kitchen installed once I confirm the order?
Our lead time is typically around 2 to 3 weeks. Once we have done a final measure and you have signed off on colours we will agree to an exact date. We always deliver on time.
Do you do free quotes?
Yes. We will provide an in-home consultation for free so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into with your bathroom renovation. Following our initial chat and measure up we provide a detailed quote including the cost of all of your fittings, tiles, bathroom supplies and labour estimates.
What does a bathroom renovation cost?
Like anything to do with building, the cost of a bathroom renovation is extremely variable. As a guide, a quote for mid-range bathroom renovation will be around $15,000 to $20,000. A mid-range bathroom would include a shower and shower box and a fully tiled bathroom with a number of other components of varying prices. From there the sky is the limit and a top-end bathroom can cost an infinite amount depending on what kind of custom-made products, tiles, fixtures and accessories you want.
How long does a bathroom renovation take?
Typically a bathroom renovation will take 2 weeks for the shortest depending on how complex the job is.
Do you create Japanese Gardens?
Yes. We have a wide variety of knowledge and skills to create your own Japanese garden. The design and cost all depends on your needs/wants and site condition. Please consult one of our design team members. You can also find some resources on our Japanese-Style webpages.
What is necessary for the exterior work for a new home?
Exterior work often involves to set up a driveway, fence on site boundary, garden, paving, deck and carpark/carport. Some people also want a swimming pool and/or a garden shed. We can do all of these.
How much does it cost me to create a garden at my property?
This all is all up to you. If you have a high-grade garden with lots of water features, expensive plants and high-quality pavings in a very large area of course it will be very high. If you choose a standard garden in a small sized area the cost will be much less. If you need to know the cost for your garden plan please consult our design team for a quotation.
Do you do Kiwi-Style Gardens as well?
Certainly. We have 10 years of experience of landscaping in various styles at private properties. The cost varies depending on what you and site condition but our professional design team will provide the best plan with affordable cost to realize your own wonderful garden. Please let us hear first what is your plan.