FAQ

Below is a brief list of some of the most frequently asked questions about the project. If you can’t find what you are looking for please feel free to contact us directly.
How much will the homes cost?

There are several things that need to occur before we can accurately assess the cost. We need approval from Ministry Of Education for our access plans. We also need the engineering company to design the infrastucture. As of November 2017 these are well underway and close to completion. Then we need the surveyor, landscape designer and architect to come up with a final version of the site ready for sending to council for resource consent. Then the quantity surveyor will assess how much everything will cost. This will decide the price of a section.

There is a range of house sizes from small suites to family homes and you will build it yourself or in collaboration with others. So the final cost of the build will be largely determined by you.

Catylst Homes can offer a house / land package at a fixed cost. Our builder Clint Goldie is negotiating a deal with suppliers so they can be centrally obtained at a very good rate.

You may also want to investigate the work of Tim Gittos who is designing the overall layout and our home. The more that is done callaboratively the cheaper.

When are you expecting to build?
Currently we expect to be seeking resource consent by mid 2018. Then we will put in the infrastructure (water, sewage, electricity). This is planned for late 2018. So building is expected to start at the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019.
Do I build my own house?
Yes. The easiest option is to work with one of our designners / builders. If you have a preferred builder / designer we will need to more thoroughly discuss matters so your home reaches certain standards and it fits with the overall look of the neighbourhood.
Do they all have to look the same?

We like the idea that you can put your individuality into the neighbourhood provided it fits with the other homes and is in accordance with certain Eco features (see Homestar rating). The simplest option will be to work with the architects that are mentioned above – this will provide individuality and enough common features so that the look of the neighbourhood is cohesive. If you desire another house option we will have to have a close look at your design before we approve it.

Are the homes designed for accessability?
Yes. The homes and common facilities have been designed with accessibility in mind. There are a number of single level homes and a group that provides homes for people with disabilities has requested to build two homes.
How do I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to send us an email via the contacts page. We are always keen to meet new people who are looking to make the world a better, more sociable and sustainable place.
Can I rent?
Our houses will be all individually owned, and we expect some of them will be available for rent. If you are interested in renting, contact us via the contacts page.

Ahi Wai - Eco Neighbourhood

Shaun Davison and Carmel Henry
Regent
Whangarei 0112
09 4372120