Consider Cost and Time at Resource Consent Stage 17/03/2019

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Hi All,

The recent trend is that there are many customers who are thinking to subdivide their own land and build new residential buildings.
It is necessary to acquire a resource consent (= RC) in order to do land subdivision.

Things Commonly Happen At RC Stage

Many companies do not spend much time, energy or money on preparing good plans for RC application.

Therefore, at the time of a building consent design (= BC) which is the post process of RC,
It takes time for them to correct errors and develop details that should have been considered at the RC stage.

Common errors found in the BC stage often relates to Height In Relation To Boundary, too much construction costs, room layouts and access to new building.

(Example of Concept Design)

Japan Homes’ Way of RC Design

We always try to solve potential important issues at the RC stage including:

  • Cost reduction
  • Time saving (Whole design and construction process)
  • Reduce potential construction issues

More serious issues are dealt with earlier stage (RC stage) so our client normally sees less issues at a later stage (BC stage).

This is our way of work.



1 Grasp the whole project cost including RC/BC fees, Subdivision costs, New Home construction costs, Landscaping cost and Contingency

2. Time management. It is important to understand the entire timeframe and to have contractors keep on the track.



Amazon OkuchiArchitectural Designer
Qualification: Degree of Architecture Studies and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (University Of Auckland) ; 2nd Grade Cad Technician (Japan)
Family: Extremely lovely wife, wonderfully kind mother in low, awesomely hardworking chickens, surprisingly lazy cat and unbelievably naughty dog.

I love architecture and design so much that I have been to so many buildings and places around the world such as Sydney Opera House in Sydney, CCTV building in Beijing, Empire State Building in New York, Royal Palace in Bangkok, Houryu-Ji in Nara, etc. However, the residential building attracts me the most. For nearly 10 years I have visited heaps of local and historical homes around New Zealand which I feel the builders’ great workmanship as well as occupants’ life.

From this experience my aim is to design and provide the comfortable and affordable houses with the spirit of Japanese workmanship that people enjoy and improve their quality of life.

In this blog I write my everyday experience of work to show what is a designer’s work and how it goes at Japan Homes.

Any comments or questions are very welcome.
Please let me know!