Frequently Asked Questions

How many years has Bainbridge Homes been operating?
Bainbridge Homes has been owned and operated for almost 50 years with a proud history of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and outstanding customer service. We listen and care about our customer and it is a priority that we meet your expectations.
Why should I choose Bainbridge Homes?
Bainbridge Homes is a locally owned, non-franchised building company, with a clear understanding of what is required for the Canterbury market. Our specialty is bespoke design, where every home is uniquely designed for each individual and lifestyle. However, if you are unsure of where to start we have a range of beautiful portfolio plans available for you to choose from.
How do I go about finding a section? Is there anywhere you won’t build?
We produce a comprehensive up to date list of sections available throughout the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri areas, which is updated regularly. We are happy to build anywhere within New Zealand.

Anything is possible.

What is your square metre rate?
This totally depends on the specifications, size and shape of your home. Every house has a different square metre rate so this is not an accurate way to compare building prices.

The same house can be priced using different products and materials, which results in two different square metre rates for the same house. It is important to remember you get what you pay for with building a new home, so for this reason we do not recommend using square metre rates as a guide for determining cost efficiency. This can be better achieved with design.

Does Bainbridge Homes have any standard plans? Are these able to be modified?
Yes we do. These are available on our website.

We can adjust or change plans to suit your requirements or alternatively you are welcome to view some of our recent builds for ideas. We are really flexible and can build using your plans, easily modify our own plans, or we can design from scratch to meet your specific needs. We have experienced designers who will happily sit down with you if you would prefer a design and build service.

How long does it take to build?

That depends on the size and complexity of your build. As a guide, once you sign a contract with us your build will follow the basic process below:

  • Working Drawings: This is where we take your concept plans and turn them into detailed technical drawings for the builders to work from and to gain building consent. This can typically take 4-6 weeks dependant on external contractors required during the consenting process.
  • Council Consent: Turn around time is 20 working days. Assuming no additional information is required. Typically consent can take anywhere between 4-8 weeks.
  • Build: Once we receive consent then the build will start within 4 weeks. The length of your build depends entirely on the size and complexity of your home. As an average you are probably looking at about 6 months.
Can you quote for my own plan?

Certainly. If you own the rights to your plans we can provide an estimate and work with you on this.

Can I contract parts of the build myself—if I am a plumber and my friend is an electrician?
This is possible and is best to be discussed with your sales consultant at the start of the planning process to ensure the right processes are put in place to make this happen.
Can you help with finance?
We have formed good relationships with local lenders and advisors who we are very happy to recommend to you.
What is the difference between Prime Cost (PC), and a Provisional Sum (PS) versus a fixed price?

prime cost sum is an allowance, for the supply of work or materials to be provided by a sub-contractor or supplier that has been selected.

provisional sum is an allowance, usually an estimate, for a specific element of the works, i.e. excavation, even with a soil test, it may be difficult to know exactly what’s under the ground and therefore difficult to pinpoint the exact cost.

fixed price, is exactly what it means. We supply a fixed price for a service, product or stage and that is what will be invoiced. We give a fixed price for the build before the contract is signed and this is locked in for the duration of the build, even if prices go up during this period. 

Can you explain the payment plan?
We offer a standard Master Build Fixed Price contract with progress payments. This contract contains comprehensive payment schedules along with other valuable protection. The payments are broken down into stages of the build. You will only ever pay for something once that stage has been completed.
Does the price increase if there are increases during my build?
No, once you sign your fixed price contract your price is locked, and it will only change if you make any changes to products used in your build. This is completed as a variation and will be invoiced accordingly.
What about guarantees?
We provide our own Performance Warranty to give you peace of mind and is backed by independent guarantees and product warranties. We are Master Builders and provide a comprehensive Master Build 10-year Guarantee.

What are the next steps from here?

Request a FREE Consultation

The first step is to have a 100% FREE no-obligation consultation with our team. Whether you’re just starting to plan or you’re nearly ready to start your build, we can help you out.