Behind the scenes of a feature build
When the Symes Family approached Roger and the team, they knew it was going to be a special build. This home has been designed by an architectural draftsman who works closely with the RRB, and at just over 360 square metres, it’s one to impress.
Typically, a home of this size and design takes around 16 - 18 weeks to complete, but there are many things that can affect this (like the weather!) At Roger Ramsey Building, we do our absolute best to deliver your project within the given timeframe, so you can move into your dream home as soon as possible!
Follow the Roger Ramsey Building team as we build this stunning home in Matangi, Waikato. We’ll be tracking the process and showing you the anatomy of a build from start (December 2022) to finish (June 2023).
Behind The Scenes of a Build
Featuring The Symes Project
We pride ourselves on having built homes and completed renovations for different generations of the Symes family for over 15 years, which is why our core attributes are based on 3 R's - Relationships, Reputation, and Reliability. We're also firm believers in quality, which is why we often get friends and family of clients coming to us for builds and renovations.
The Ground Prep
The ground prep happens after the client finalises the design and consents are obtained. This is the start of the build!
The ground is literally prepped for the load that is about to be imposed on it. The topsoil is removed, it is then backfilled with sand and compacted to be a suitable surface on which to pour the foundations. The underfloor plumbing and drainage is placed and the foundations are boxed and reinforced, ready for the concrete pour. In this instance, the foundations and concrete slab are all done in one pour.
Check out the 'Before You Build' section of our website to give you some more information about how we work together to ensure your build is smooth sailing.
While the exterior cladding is left in the expert hands of our preferred tradesmen, the Roger Ramsey team is busy working on other parts of the build and also project managing the Symes Project to ensure the final product is of quality and class.
Part of this quality assurance is the cladding options you choose. Here, the Symes Family have chosen a combination of Hardies weatherboards and brick, two durable, low-maintenance cladding options.
Running The Services & Insulation
During the building stage, before the GIB goes up, several essential elements are installed to ensure a functional and comfortable home for the Symes family.
Power and plumbing systems are meticulously integrated into the structure, allowing for reliable access to electricity and water throughout the building. Light switches and power points are also strategically positioned for the most effective placement once the family are moved in.
The heating and air conditioning systems are carefully placed to provide efficient cooling or heating within the home, and insulation is installed during this stage, helping to effectively regulate temperature and minimise energy loss. This enhances energy efficiency and reduces heating or cooling costs.
GIB (Internal Lining)
GIB board is a popular choice for wall and ceiling linings. The GIB boards are carefully measured, cut, and fitted onto the framework, creating a smooth and even surface. Wall and ceiling GIB lining helps contribute to soundproofing and insulation, reducing noise transmission and improving thermal efficiency. The application of Gib lining marks a significant milestone in the construction process, transforming the bare framework into a finished and habitable space.
A sense of refinement and functionality is brought to the newly constructed home when the interior joinery goes in, thanks to the expertise of the Roger Ramsey Building team who work diligently to fit and secure the doors, built-in vanities, and storage units. In the Symes build, Craig and Maria have chosen grooved two-piece doors that sandwich together around the opening. Architraves are attached, door stops are put on, and door handles are routed/drilled out.
It's these crucial steps; selecting high-quality materials and applying expert carpentry techniques. The result is a harmonious blend of form and function, creating a visually pleasing environment while maximising the efficient use of space.
The Grand Reveal!
Here it is - the grand reveal of this new build in Waikato, New Zealand! The Roger Ramsey Building team project managed the Symes Build from start to finish, ensuring their stamp of quality and class was on every surface!
The Roger Ramsey team are proud to have built and project managed the Symes’ new home!