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The Quintessential Kiwi Villa


Lisa and her family are onto their fifth home built with Classic Builders - and they're not slowing down any time soon. With four investment homes and one family home under their belt, Lisa believes one major thing sets apart a Classic home - the quality. Read about her experience below. 


The background

I’ve built five houses with Classic Builders; one is our family home and the rest are rental investments. I believe you can always tell a Classic home because of its sharp finish, and buyers can too - I put one of these rental homes on the market the day after it was completed, and five days later, it was sold.

I’ve chosen to continue building with Classic Builders because they make a quality product. They have strong systems in place. They’re trustworthy, reliable and financially backed.

A friend of mine built with Classic, and it was obvious to me it was the best house on the street. I decided to visit the Showhome, which is where I met Damian Petre. I knew I wanted to build a number of homes over the coming years, and that I wanted to develop an ongoing relationship with the company building my investments.

The experience

In all my builds, the process has been seamless from start to finish. The team work hard to meet deadlines and they’re always one step ahead of the curve.

When dealing with your family investment, it’s important to feel reassured that everything’s running smoothly. I feel like I’m always across what’s happening because they’re always in touch.

I love the way they take care of all the hard parts – it really takes the stress away. I’d much rather pick the colour of the carpet than deal with the council!

They listen, too. I tell them what I want, and I’m presented with a number of designs that are near perfect because they genuinely listen to what I ask for. If there’s ever an issue, I know they’ll always be there to fix it as soon as possible. And if I want something unusual, they’re not afraid to look outside the box for a solution.


The final word

I will 100% continue building with Classic Builders, we’re just getting started!


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The elevated corner site in Tauranga’s Lake’s subdivision came with an attractive price tag.

"My friends' dad was selling sections here and basically said, if you want one you’ll have to be quick. It was just a massive paddock when we bought it!"

Employing an independent architect, the pair considered numerous building companies before deciding on Classic Builders.

"We weren’t sure they would take on our plans but they did and at a really competitive rate. We were stoked because it meant we could have the design we wanted from a really good building company."

Styled off the classic New Zealand villa, the exterior of the home is black linea weatherboard with white trim. The interior is Scandinavian themed, perfectly balanced with an industrial flair. Subway tiles in the kitchen are offset by a handmade rimu barndoor, which also acts as a clever divider between central living and all three bedrooms.


"We wanted the home to be modern so open plan living was a must and to retain the villa feel, we lifted the roof height. We also put in an open fire. It was something we really had to fight for and there were quite a few hurdles but Classic Builders were really accommodating. The double glazing makes the house so warm, which you don’t get that with older homes. We don’t actually need a fireplace but love having the option."

"We had the land for two years before we began building, which gave us a lot of time to research and work out exactly what we wanted. Some of our ideas were quite specific but again, Classic Builders were so good about it".

For Amy, with her two little ones, the home was all about nesting.

"We just couldn’t wait to have our own space and when we finally moved in, we’d just walk around pinching ourselves – we couldn’t really believe it’s ours. There’s a really lovely neighbourhood vibe to the area. Everyone knows everyone and it feels the way a community should feel".

Baby Harper clearly loves playing outside on the expansive front lawn and dotes on her new little brother. With summer looming, life for this little family just gets better and better.

Whether you have architectural plans already drawn up, or need someone to take on your ideas and make something from scratch, Classic Builders can guide you every step of the way. Get started by browsing some of our standard plans here.