About Us

Our Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together some commonly asked questions below to give you more information about our process.

if you have a question that can’t be answered here, feel free to get in touch with us through our contact us page or give us a call at 0800 4 FOWLER.

  • We are New Zealand owned & operated
  • We offer a range of build options including: custom design & build, standard plans, house & land, turnkey and architectural services
  • We work with our clients and take time to understand their lifestyle
  • We are honest and operate with integrity
  • We have access to the best suppliers, contractors & group pricing rates
  • We will build your home on time and on budget.
  • All homes come with a 10-Year Master Build Guarnatee
  • Generally, it takes between 10 to 12 months to build a new home. This includes the initial planning and consenting process. The build itself usually takes around 6 to 8 months from the beginning of the earthworks to handing over the keys.

    There are aspects from the builder and client’s side that can extend build timeframes, like material shortages, shipping delays, weather events and the characteristics of each home. The bigger the home, the longer it takes for the slab to be poured, framing and construction. Complexity can also influence time frames.

    All our build projects are carefully managed to minimise delays as much as reasonably possible.

    The cost to build your home will be dependent on many factors including, your location, your section, home design, building materials and the specific fittings and finishes you select.

    Your Fowler Homes team can assist you to make your design selections with your specific budget in mind and will present you with a fixed price contact.

    There may be provisions in the contract for items that can’t be fully quantified at the start of the job. An example could be earthworks.

    Yes. Non-structural changes are usually no issue and can be achieved with a variation to the original contract.

    Any variation to your original contract often means there will be additional costs to your build.

    Some alterations, including structural changes, may require new plans to be drafted and approved by Council.

    Every Fowler Homes build comes with a 10-year Master Builders guarantee. A Master Build 10-Year Guarantee protects you through the building process, and for the next 10 years. It provides much greater protection than both the Building Act and Consumer Guarantees Act.

    It protects you in the event of:

    • Loss of deposit
    • Non-completion of building
    • Material, workmanship and structural defects

    To find out more information on the Master Build 10-Year Guarantee refer to their website www.masterbuilder.org.nz

    Fowler Homes has a 12-month building defect warranty period, effective from the completion date.

    This covers you for defects that may become apparent after completion and the final inspection. Individual supplier warranties and guarantees will also be available.

    Absolutely, we love to share the milestones with our clients. We ask that you give us a call first to arrange the time.

    We need to know who’s been where for health & safety reasons and to prevent any damage to works in progress.
    Yes, we can work with you through the process for what we call “Owner Supplied” items.

    Products and services will need to be approved to ensure they meet the requirements of the building code and do not affect the build schedule.

    Yes, if you meet the requirements from the Overseas Investment Office.

    You can buy or build a home in New Zealand without applying for consent if you, your partner (as defined in the Property (Relationships) Act 1976), or your spouse:

    • are a New Zealand citizen (whether or not you live here)
    • have a New Zealand residence class visa and are ordinarily resident in New Zealand
    • are an Australian or Singaporean citizen, and buy a house or land that has a property category of ‘residential’ or ‘lifestyle’.
    • are an Australian or Singaporean citizen and are ordinarily resident, and buy land that is ‘residential and otherwise sensitive’ (for example, Residential Land that is also sensitive because it is on an island, next to a beach or river, or next to a conservation area)
    • are an Australian or Singaporean permanent resident and are ordinarily resident and buy land ‘that has a property category of ‘residential’ or ‘lifestyle.

    If you have a residence class visa but you are not yet ‘ordinarily resident’, you can buy or build one home to live in as long as you get consent from the Overseas Investment Office before you buy.

    You can apply for pre-approval that lasts up to a year. This is the most flexible form of consent and is recommended by the Overseas Investment Office.

    To get more in-depth clarification on the requirements, head over to these resource links.

    Yes, in some regions we offer access to Fowler Homes Turnkey House & Land Packages, get in touch with your local Fowler Homes team to discuss these opportunities.

    We can also facilitate lending directly through our partnership with the Auckland-based firm Squirrel.

    Squirrel has been helping kiwis get into homes since 2008 and always offers impartial and honest mortgage advice.

    We also work with YouOwn who offer a shared home ownership model. Read more.
    Yes, gas energy is here to stay. Natural gas and LPG will continue to be delivered to connected consumers until we have fully moved to new low and zero-carbon gases, likely to be by 2050. Read our 'What's the gas' blog here for more info.

    Any gas appliance your purchase now you will be able to use for its expected lifestyle (typically 15 years). Most modern gas appliances are already able to run on a blend of natural gas and renewable hydrogen gas (up to 20%) or biogas, so you can continue to use them as our country adapts its energy mix to reduce emissions. Newer compatible appliances will become widely available as we move towards a more renewable gas energy future. Read more.
    From first builds to dream homes, we've got your covered.

    To set up an initial meeting with one of our local Fowler Homes teams, please get in touch today. It would be our pleasure to guide you through the exciting process to design and build your new home!