By

Sam Boase
What is building consent? Here in New Zealand, it’s where the local council gives written approval under the Building Act that allows a person to carry out building work. A council will issue a building consent only when it is satisfied the proposed building work will meet the requirements of the Building Code. The first...
You may have seen YPBs work on youtube or other forms of social media. Right now we are doing a lot of new builds. Whilst my apprenticeship as a builder was largely renovation based and a lot of remedial work after becoming qualified I moved into the new build area. Since then I have had...
Where is YPB based? You may have seen us all over the internet and want us to do your job. Believe it or not, we have had inquires from Auckland, Taihape and New Plymouth. We love fare field inquires because it’s cool to see the name being spread out there. However, right now we are...
So how much money do you need to build a home in 2021? The short answer is a lot. So will depend on a few things. What do you want to build? For a rough Idea, the house we are building up in Birchville is a small 3 bedroom, 130m^2 family home on a flat...
What is a variation A variation is any changes to the fixed-price contract after it has been signed Why do they cost What are extra costs Often with a variations it’s not just the actual cost of the item but the management cost off-site that adds to the cost. This includes finding, ordering and scheduling...
A common question we get here at J&K is:   “hey my mates a sparkie or a plumber can we get him to work on the build?”   We understand that this may seem like a good idea because it’s someone you know well and trust. However, just like you, we want to use people...
How long does it take? A lot of this depends on how good you are at making decisions. We encourage you to spend a lot of time in the design phase getting the vision for your property just right. If we rush this stage it ends up costing more money and time later on in...
Do you do set plans One of the questions I often get asked is “do you do set plans?” The answer to that is no and here’s why. You see a lot of housing companies having set plans with fancy names after trees and beaches. While this is great, what I’ve found is your site...