Adobe South offers a wide range of fantastic innovative and superior designs which also includes mentoring services to our building clients with a pure focus on natural building materials and taking advantage of streamlined solar design practices when we design homes.

To Our Clients – House Owners or Builders

Many clients have been successfully owner-building their homes using Adobe South as their building mentor (advisory and on site “how to”) for parts that are foreign and somewhat technical in detail.

Abode South designs homes that are simple to build by folk (women too) who have the desire and enthusiasm to build their home.

Sometimes a builder will assist the owner with the wall framing and detailing of the roof.

The Department of Building and Housing (DBH) has embedded the OWNER-BUILDER into the regulations, in recognition of the national psyche and historical role in building ones home, as an essential part of the building landscape with a simple raft of regulations to ensure healthy and safe outcomes.

Please note (May 2010) that the Building Act is being reviewed with a focus to simplify the regulations around buildings exempt from a building consent.

Hopefully this will make many simple additions and small buildings (those of a limited floor area and not having plumbing and sanitary facilities) more OWNER-BUILDER friendly, these buildings must still be built to the code requirements and local district plan rules so we recommend employing the services of a professional Architectural Designer to prepare a good set of clear plans and specifications.