Supreme Build Palmerston North

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Your Building Guide

As builders of new homes in Palmerston North and Manawatu, we recognise that one of your first priorities is determining a budget. We want to help! Here's a quick article to give you an idea of how much it costs to build a house in New Zealand






A simple approach to minimise cost, all components still meeting building code regulations

  • Simple building layouts and structural design, minimal corners
  • Hip and valley roof, colour steel finish
  • Half height windows, standard sill finish, slimline jambs
  • Most economical range of chosen cladding available (within regulation)
  • Basic paint finish
  • Economical fixtures, door handles, lighting (batten holders) etc
  • Minimal power points and electrical design
  • Single bathroom. Enclosed shower, economical vanity, basic toilet
  • Minimal kit set kitchen joinery





We still use a simple yet elegant designs but the specs will be upgraded

  • Simple building layouts and structural design
  • Hip and valley roof, incorporation of gables, mono-pitched, coloursteel or metal tiles
  • Incorporation of full height windows, standard sill finish, architraves
  • Standard, more commonly used cladding options (linea weatherboard etc)
  • Quality fixtures, door handles, lighting (down lights) etc
  • Bathroom and ensuite. Enclosed shower, wall hung vanity, basic toilet
  • Kitchen manufactured to suit





High end design and specs, premium fittings and finishes

  • Complex building layouts and structural design
  • High ceilings, combination of roofing
  • Glass panelling, flush sill finish
  • High end claddings (alternative firbe cement profiles, cedar, schist, )
  • Premium fixtures, door handles, lighting (down lights) etc
  • More allowance for power and data services
  • Multiple bathrooms. Tiled wet rooms
  • Kitchen manufactured to suit




Single story house Basic Standard Premium/Architectural
Weatherboard $2900 $3200

$3500 - $5000+

Brick $2900 $3200 $3500 - $5000+
Plaster $2900 $3300 $3500 - $5000+

*Figures are an indicitive estimate only


Site conditions such as slope, access, soil type etc have a large effect on the cost of building, the above figures are based on gently sloping or flat sections with good soil bearing. Click here to discuss building in Palmerston North on a sloping section.


So what’s included?

Its always important when comparing quotes to look at what’s included in your price.

Here’s a list of things generally included in square metre rates including the figures above:

  • Architect and design fees
  • Shelving to cupboards and wardrobes
  • Interior Doors
  • Door Hardware
  • Gibstopping
  • Painting
  • Kitchen
  • Appliances (Oven, cook top, dishwasher, rangehood)
  • Laundry Tub / joinery
  • Showers
  • Bath
  • Vanities
  • Toilets
  • Tapware
  • Hot Water Cylinder or Infinity
  • Floor coverings
  • Lighting 
  • Drainlaying


Because every build is different there are a few things left to provide a complete turn-key home, here’s a list with some indicative prices


Services (power, water, gas)- Approx $5,000 for 15m connected to existing service connections

Driveway- -Approx $100-$150 per sqm for 100m thick.


Fence- Click here to find about more about fence prices.


Decks- Click here to find out more about deck prices.


Council fees- Allow approx $7000-$10000 for standard consent for more information on consent visit Palmerston North City Council and Manawatu district council's websites. 





Remember, value beats price everytime. Be sure to check what extra services and value your builder includes outside of just builder your house.

A good builder will help you every step of the way to ensure building your new home is an enjoyable experience.

At Supreme Build we offer a range of plans or a full design service to suit the requirements of your new home build in Palmerston North. Contact us today.


Disclaimer: This article is offered as a general guide only. The views and information expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency in New Zealand. Any person who relies upon any matter contained in this guide does so entirely at their own risk.