Best-laid plans

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With a close eye on her bud­get, Jes­sica looked for a way to build from scratch that avoided the pos­si­bil­ity of spi­ralling costs.

She set­tled on Ad­vance Build, a North­land-based com­pany which spe­cialises in pre­fab­ri­cated homes built in a fac­tory then trans­ported and com­pleted on site. Ad­vance Build has a clear com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity and good de­sign – two things at the top of Jes­sica’s list.

Key to the suc­cess of the home was be­ing able to tweak off-the-shelf plans to suit her life­style and de­sign aes­thetic.

Once she knew the fea­tures of her site (el­e­vated, north-fac­ing), the next step was to cus­tomise the house to suit. She flipped the kitchen lay­out to soak up a sunny, tree-lined out­look, and also re­claimed space from the laun­dry to cre­ate a sep­a­rate bath area (a cup­board-style laun­dry was in­cor­po­rated in­stead). This also al­lowed for a for­mal en­trance, which gives bet­ter ac­cess to the drive­way and park­ing area. “I flipped the lay­out of all the bed­rooms to take pri­vacy and the sun into ac­count,” says Jes­sica. “For in­stance, Grace is on the east side of the home so her bed­room stays cooler in the sum­mer evenings.”

Luck­ily Ad­vance Build was more than happy to make changes and al­lowed for spe­cial re­quests in the early stages of the build. “I didn’t have to com­pro­mise at all with my plans,” Jes­sica says. “Most peo­ple think that build­ing with a pre-fab com­pany means you are re­stricted – my only re­stric­tion was my bud­get! I worked closely with the com­pany when it came to the lay­out and de­sign. I started with one of their plans, then was able to change pretty much ev­ery­thing to suit our life­style.”

Run­ning a work-from-home busi­ness meant it was im­por­tant for Jes­sica to have a ded­i­cated work space in­te­grated into her open-plan area rather than be­ing rel­e­gated to a spare room – es­pe­cially as she of­ten has guests vis­it­ing from Auck­land. The de­sign de­tails were care­fully con­sid­ered and, as a re­sult, the house avoids look­ing like every other pre­fab­ri­cated home.

A be­spoke colour pal­ette of Taub­mans ‘White Clay’ and ‘Sil­ver Fox’ cre­ated a neu­tral can­vas for the home and was com­ple­mented by white­washed oak floor­ing to en­sure the aes­thetic re­mained light and bright. Ad­di­tional changes to the stan­dard plans are ev­i­dent through­out the home in­clud­ing Ikea kitchen han­dles, ex­posed ply-edge coun­ter­tops and hand­picked pen­dant lights.

Jes­sica’s home was built on time and on bud­get in less than six months dur­ing the win­ter of 2015. The ma­jor­ity of the build took place in a large fac­tory in Kaitaia be­fore the home was driven to Man­gawhai and com­pleted in early De­cem­ber 2015 – just in time for Christ­mas.

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