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Timber floor construction an advantage in TC3 areas

Timber floor construction an advantage in TC3 areas
Keith Hay Homes Christchurch is developing affordable housing packages for the city’s TC3 category areas.

Specialising in transportable homes for 80 years this year, Keith Hay Homes is now looking to bring its quality brand of housing into Christchurch’s TC3 areas, with a range of affordable house and land packages under development on the east side of Christchurch.

Keith Hay Homes’s timber floor construction gives them a good advantage over concrete floor construction since they’re lightweight and open to a wider range of cost effective foundation solutions.

Keith Hay Homes Christchurch sales manager Mathew Austin says the company has never focused on standard residential dwellings in subdivisions, instead it is in a unique market with first home buyers, rental property buyers, rural properties, holiday homes, and lifestyle properties.

Today, more and more people are considering the transportable model as they realise they don’t need a huge home, and would prefer one that better suits both their needs and their budget.

“In Christchurch itself we are developing as an affordable housing package for young or first home buyers, so they can maximise their entitlements under the KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant,” he says.

“We are looking at developing packages for well under $500,000, even under $450,000, in TC3 areas.”

He says in the TC3 areas there are a lot of sections where houses have been demolished, as well as ‘as is where is’ properties where houses need to be demolished.

“The ground conditions are very difficult, and this can be a really costly process with the amount of ground works which prices people out of the market. We are looking to get this quality brand of housing back into these areas and make them affordable so people can buy in the city, where their families are and where they grew up.

They get a brand new home with a five year warranty personal guarantee for a similar price as they could buy an old and potentially broken house for.”

Keith Hay Homes wants to bring its packages all across the east side from New Brighton, to Southshore, Linwood, Bexely, Aranui, and Avondale.

The latest example of Keith Hay Homes’ offer is now on display on Main South Road in Hornby, where the Horizons show home has recently been completed.

The plan is one of Keith Hay Homes architectural plans, called the Horizon because it is shaped long and low, with big glass walls on both sides.

“We chose this plan because the Horizon is a stunning looking home,” Mathew says. “It breaks the mould and the perception people have of transportable homes, and show what the transportable market can do.”

The three bedroom home is a fantastic option for a lifestyle property or a holiday home, due to its glass walls offering views in both directions and its open plan layout being very family friendly. Keith Hay Homes has built more than 22,000 homes in its 80 years of operation.

The company uses 100% traditional New Zealand building methods, it’s not panelised or modular. Customers are offered fixed price building contracts, even for people building in very remote locations.

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