14rd July 2020
We have been coming to Mangawhai for the last 35 years for our holidays, when we sold our home in Auckland we decided to build in Mangawhai. Once we decided on a section we sked around about local builders and we were guided In the direction of Stylish homes, we viewed the show home and was so impressed that we signed up for them to build our new home. We were nervous about the whole process but Teresa Rex’s right hand person led us all of the way one process at a time and we ended up with a wonderful home with everything we ever wanted and built to the way we asked for. The home is warm in the winter and with the open plan wonderful in the summer, if you want a carefree home built just go to Stylish homes because Rex and Teresa will make it a wonderful experience. Not only a wonderful experience having our first home built by Stylish Homes, the build was within our time limit and our budget.
Dave & Cath Frame
3rd July 2020
Wow! a very big thank you to Rex, Teresa and the team at Stylish homes. What a fantastic building experience we have had with you. This is our third build and you have surpassed all our expectations. Your honesty and transparency throughout the build was not only heartwarming, it created a strong bond of trust with us. Whenever you or we had a new idea or thought you were always keen to hear it and offer your knowledge and expertise in response.
The quality of our build has made our home something to be incredibly proud of. We have appreciated how things were always done in consultation with us, along with a paper trail of all communications and weekly updates that we were always excited to see.
The friendliness of the team and all the tradesmen was like a breath of fresh air (thanks guys you’re the best). We are so thrilled with our new home and we can’t thank you all enough.
We have no hesitation in recommending Stylish Homes to anyone who is after a quality design and build.
We are more than happy to show our home with appointment
Pete & Lou
26th May 2020
We were introduced to Stylish Homes by friends who were having their house built by Rex and his team at the time.
We were immediately impressed by the time Rex gave to us in response to several questions we posed. Our initial interest was in a house and land package Stylish Homes had but soon developed into just the build of a yet to be designed home. This included an inspection and appraisal of the site we subsequently bought.
While Stylish Homes builds from its own designs they were quite prepared to allow us to provide our plans as drawn by the architect we engaged. In addition, we chose to use a construction product, Porotherm, which was not in widespread use in New Zealand. This lead to quite a challenge for Rex and his contractors which was met head on and with considerable diligence. It is my understanding Stellaria (the importers of Porotherm) have asked if Rex would act as a consultant for projects in this region.
Costing the build was not simple. Porotherm is a clay block. The blocklayers experienced in Porotherm were from out of town and made it difficult for Rex to assess a schedule of work. Once the walls were up all the services had to be chased in, quite a different proposition from a timber framed house. The time to complete this was an unknown but Rex ensured the tradesmen allowed for this and we were not passed any additional costs related to the submitted plans.
We received good notice to finalise product selections (by Teresa) and received a follow up prior to purchase to confirm the details.
During the build we were kept well informed of the progress. Problems which were encountered were well explained. At no time did we feel we were being a nuisance - we made numerous phone calls and often arrived for meetings, sometimes unannounced.
As with most builds, we made changes. These mostly involved the utilities and were managed well. The Porotherm construction did present some additional work not envisaged by either the architect or Rex. This did incur cost to us but we feel responsibility for this lay with the suppliers of the Porotherm in that they should have provided greater guidance. As mentioned Porotherm is not a widely used product.
We have now been in our new home for 4 months. There have been few issues requiring attention but we have been pleased with the response when we have raised any.
We would definitely engage Stylish Home in a future project. The attention to detail, friendly manner, honesty and trust shown was Very good.
Jo & Malcolm Knox
25th July 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