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Make sure you're building on solid foundations right from the outset by talking to the team at Carters Consulting

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Building a new home, or renovating an existing one, can be an exciting and happy experience. However, for many homeowners, the event is marred by worry and fear – simply because they are unsure of where to start.

On hand to help at this crucial stage of the project is Carters Consulting. As a free, objective advisory service, its principal aim is to educate homeowners about their options throughout the building process. Maintaining a strong emphasis on planning, Carters Consulting advise homeowners about the information and resources they need to help them make the right decisions.

A visit to a show home is one way to gather ideas. Seeing first-hand what you can expect if you employ a design-and-build, group housing company to build you a home can be assuring. A number of other key benefits – including the convenience of having one company handle everything from concept to completion – makes it an option that's becoming increasingly popular.

Signature Homes is one of a number of companies that the team at Carters Consulting can recommend to make the process of building a new home easier.

Managing director Gavin Hunt says Signature Homes' mission is to create a home that your family will enjoy living in. Ensuring the whole process is fun and as stress-free as possible is a major priority.

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"We believe that the homeowner's involvement should continue throughout the building process, so the finished result is what they are expecting."

Hunt says the company's success is based on developing strong partnerships with clients.

"We have an extensive network of fully-trained, experienced people nationwide, so you can deal with a local franchise partner in your own community. We can also pass cost savings achieved through our buying power and economies of scale to the homeowner," he says.

Signature Homes has been building homes around New Zealand for more than 20 years.

Clients can choose from more than 50 standard plans. These range from the Executive collection, with its bold roof lines and dramatic entrances, to the more traditional style of the Tuscany series. The plans can form the basis of a new home, or they may be altered to suit individual needs.

Alternatively, clients can work with one of Signature Homes' experienced designers to create their ideal home. The staff at the company's branches can either source sections for their clients or will build on homeowners' own land.

The two show homes featured on these pages illustrate the quality and standard that you can expect from a Signature Home, says Hunt.

While each home has its own distinctive style, both share the same high standard of workmanship and attention to detail.

Each has been carefully designed to make the most of its natural surroundings. Spacious open-plan living areas with 2.7m-high studs spill onto expansive decks and gardens. The kitchen is modern and stylish and is conveniently located next to the patio and dining room, making both casual and formal dining easy. Generously proportioned bedrooms are complemented by a neutral decor and contemporary light fixtures. Underfloor heating in the tiled areas means the bathrooms are cosy and warm year-round.

Signature Homes is one of a number of design-and-build, group housing companies that Carters Consulting works with to ensure homeowners are better educated and informed about the building industry.

For further information, contact Signature Homes, 7A Douglas Alexander Parade, Albany, Auckland, phone (09) 415 2468, fax (09) 415 2467 or freephone for a local franchise partner 0800 744 628. Website:www.signature.co.nz .

For other building advice, contact Carters Consulting, Private Bag 94-027, South Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland, phone 0800 Building (284 534). Website:www.carters.co.nz .

First published date: 24 August 2003

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