28th January 2019
After talking to about 10 companies, from very small to very large, we decided to build our beach house with Stylish Homes. We choose them for many reasons, the key ingredients were:
- Lots of experience in building homes locally
- Very very good feedback from long time locals recommending them
- Very easy/relaxed/friendly to communicate with Rex, Troy and Teresa.
- Ability to talk financially in our language, not some builders slang Working towards meeting our budget AND being realistic and open about build related costs that are not included in their pricing
- Full of relevant ideas and useful feedback, which made the design phase a piece of cake
The design phase was a joy. We had a detailed set of requirements and some homemade floorplans. Rex gave very valuable input on small changes but also on big changes. My recommendation would be to very carefully listen to his advice.
The build was a very pleasant phase. Since Rex advised us during the design phase we needed almost no changes to the plan. The few changes we did want were easily accommodated. Keep in mind that a change almost always does cost money, so spent time reviewing the architect plans meticulously.
We did not stay in budget, which was due to ourselves. Upgrading joinery, bathroom tiles, tapware etc. was money well spent, but did cost more than the standard showroom outfit.
Timing worked out well. Whenever Stylish Homes can they try to speed up the build. But keep in mind the weather can have a major impact. Also make sure you communicate what your preferred timelines are, our rental was ending without an option to extend, so that had a big impact.
All together building our house with Stylish Homes was easy as. We would do it all over again.
No worries, no sleepless nights, no fuss. Only a zillion choices to make but that was fun.
Anthoinet Top and Erwin Veer
6th July 2019
Now that we have finally moved in and have had time to reflect on our memorable journey over the last 18 months accumulating in knowledgeable moving into our Stylish designed and built home within the agreed time frame. From the beginning when we first approached you with our vision of having a home that maximised our view your assurance and professionalism meant we did not need to shop around.
Throughout the whole design and build we found yourself and your team to be knowledgeable and helpful and we can honestly say it was a very enjoyable experience. The only stresses we had were picking out all the colours, carpet, kitchen design, fixtures etc. Your team were very accommodating while we were making these decisions and quite often steered us in the right direction. You all have been amazing to work with.
With us not being local the weekly photo progress updates from Teresa were eagerly waited for and showed us the progress being made and as promised the schedule being met.
We feel the overall quality and craftsmanship is top notch. It has exceeded our expectations in many ways and we have received nothing but excellent comments from family and friends.
Even after sign over of our home Rex has continued to support us with our landscaping ideas, sourcing materials etc
Rex, Troy, Teresa and Ralph thank you for building a home that we are extremely proud of and are now enjoying living in.
If we ever build another house Stylish would be the only choice on our list.
Lance & Sue
11th July 2019
Why Stylish Homes:
I was always aware of the quality of Stylish Homes, having been through their show home with various different friends in the past. As I had a limited budget I had initially thought this would not be an affordable way to go for me. I was encouraged by a family member to go and have a chat, make an appointment – which I did.
After having a well-informed discussion with Rex, I was surprised to see not only was this attainable for me, but I also realised very quickly it would be a personalised journey I was embarking on. This resulted in my beautiful home I have now occupied for a few months.
From the outset I felt comfortable and treated like a valued client. Planning was personalised. Different scenarios were discussed and within no time I had what I had always envisaged as my perfect home on paper. During all of the planning stage I was well informed and notified if there were any issues. When anything came up, e.g. in dealing with extra council requests that caused problems re starting the build, I was well supported and so pleased I was not dealing with this on my own.
Costings were always very transparent during the build. I was always given alternatives/choices that were explained clearly if an issue came up. Due to the transparency and the fact I was well informed I was able to complete my build well within my budget.
An amazing group of very professional subcontractors began the build under the watchful eye of Stylish Homes. I was well informed with photographs, even though I live in Mangawhai and could see the progress. I was always informed, by personal visits or emails of the next stages.
As soon as the build started I was amazed at how quickly things came together. The organisation of Stylish Homes around having contractors in place is amazing at a very busy time of building in this area. I could not have asked for better.
The experience was amazing. Building your own home is stressful, they say, however I felt that the stress was taken off me, and a very professional group of people took me through a journey I had waited my whole life to do. They became like a part of a family that are totally there for you. Through this experience, I know I have met some amazing people that will always be very special to me.
I have shared my experience with others, recommending Stylish Homes and their personalised service. If I had to go through a new build again I would use the same company, and would always recommend Rex, Judy, Teresa, Troy and Ralph at Stylish Homes.
Thank you for your specialised service. I have a very stylish, modern, beautiful home especially designed for me.
30th April 2019
If you are looking at building a home our advice would be to seriously consider Stylish Homes.
We got the same advice from friends and are very grateful.
We looked at other options but didn’t get the same “vibe”.
From concept to completion the honesty, integrity, communication, passion and expertise of everyone involved in the project was impressive and very much appreciated by first time home builders like us.
Rex visited our property on numerous occasions to get the lay of the land and give some advice (not always what we wanted to hear but absolutely right), asked us what we wanted, and more to the point what we wanted to pay for it.
His design took into account the location and features of the property and the original proposal only required a couple of minor revisions before it was what we had in mind.
On signing the contract Rex’s comment to us was “The only stress you should have is choosing your colours and paying the money.” He was pretty much spot on.
The build seemed to go smoothly (if it didn’t, we were none the wiser) and the cost came in more or less on budget (the increases were due to us changing and adding things).
The personal approach that Stylish Homes takes has made this a great experience for us and we have ended up with the house that we wanted at a cost that we consider to be great value for money.
John & Deena Redman
Barrier View Drive