Frequently Asked Questions
How many years has Bainbridge Homes been operating?
Why should I choose Bainbridge Homes?
How do I go about finding a section? Is there anywhere you won’t build?
Anything is possible.
What is your square metre rate?
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?
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?
Can you help with finance?
What is the difference between Prime Cost (PC), and a Provisional Sum (PS) versus a fixed price?
A 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.
A 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.
A 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.