Follow Sam and Harriet’s Journey with Urban Homes

Rugby legend Sam Cane and wife Harriet recently built their dream home, and we were thrilled when they chose Urban Homes to take them through that journey.

We absolutely loved working with Sam and Harriet to help them design and build their very own masterpiece on the outskirts of Hamilton. We approach every new build as a partnership, taking the time to listen to ideas, and find ways to make each home special. Sam and Harriet made sure they loved everything they chose – making their home theirs for years to come.

Urban Homes, proud sponsors of Bay of Plenty Rugby.

"Every time we come out to the site to catch up with the guys from Urban, we always leave feeling reassured we’ve made the right decision that the house is in very good hands. There’s a good level of trust."


The process is made easy with Urban Homes

At Urban Homes, we ensure the building process is as smooth and easy as possible, without skipping any important details. Our process provides a stress-free building journey, while delivering the highest levels of craftsmanship in the industry.

Urban Homes offers free, no-obligation site appraisals and initial design discussions to help you make smart building decisions. Whether you are looking at buying a section, subdividing a property, or building on a site you already own, a site appraisal is an important first step in the building process.

Preliminary design

If you have a wish list of features you’d like included in your dream home, our experienced architectural designers can incorporate these into your customised design. Your preliminary designs will be drawn to suit your budget and lifestyle – and we do this at a fraction of the design cost you would usually pay.

Concept drawings and 3D model

Your concept drawings and interactive 3D model will enable you to see exactly what your home will look like once it’s completed, before we’ve even started the build. Our approach allows you to experience the WOW factor of an Urban build right from the very beginning.


Once the preliminary design is completed, we will begin construction costing. This will take approximately three weeks, at which point we will provide you with a full, fixed-price quotation and summary. This will detail exactly what is included and excluded in the price. Plans and Council consents will be included in the quote, unless specified otherwise. There is no cost for this quote.


Once you have accepted the quotation, we will draw up a Master Builders full build contract and complete a Registered Master Builders guarantee application. Once you have signed the contract agreement, a contract deposit will be invoiced to you. Construction drawings will commence as soon as the deposit is paid.


Construction drawings will be completed and submitted to Council for building consent. If required, we will also organise an engineer to carry out any structural, drainage or geo-tech reports required by Council at this stage. The construction drawings usually take four to five weeks to complete. A further 20 working days is then required for the drawings to be processed through Council.


Construction will commence within three weeks after plans are approved by Council and building consents granted. Prior to this, you will be given a construction schedule with a start and expected completion date. We will also assign you an experienced project manager to liaise with throughout the build process.

Time to move in!

All that’s left to do is move in. It is possible to move in before exterior work such as landscaping has finished. This is up to you.


The Journey Begins

Rugby legend Sam Cane and wife Harriet kick off the building process by visiting their beautiful section. It’s an exciting time, and we’re thrilled to be on the journey with them! Hear why they’ve chosen to work with Urban Homes, proud sponsors of Bay of Plenty Rugby.

PART two

Choosing Colours

It’s time to plan how the finished home will look! This is always an exciting part of the journey.

Hear how Sam and Harriet went planning their interior and exterior colours and finishings – from roof and wall claddings right through to the benchtop!


Frames Up

We’re back on site with Sam and Harriet as their house starts to take shape.

“You get a clear idea of the room size, what will go where, and your imagination starts going!” – Sam Cane

PART four

The Build

We’re in the final stages of the build, making sure all the details are bang on.

In this video we take a look though Sam and Harriet’s build with most of the roof on, and exterior features coming to life.

PART five

The Finale

“It’s been a busy time, but it is really nice to be settled into our new home.” – Sam Cane

Sam & Harriet’s new home is complete! Join them as they reflect on the journey.

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Sam & Harriet’s top tips for first home builders

Sam and Harriet have now moved into their new home. Urban Homes sat down with them to find out what their top tips are for building a dream home.

“Our experience with Urban, the people and the process, has been first class.” – Sam & Harriet Cane

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