Rapid growthfor modularhome builder
Waikato based construction company TDM Designer Homes is celebrating success after being ranked New Zealand’s 20th fastest growing company at the 2018 Deloitte Fast 50 Awards.
Part of the TDM Group that includes TDM Joinery and TDM Modular Homes, TDM Designer Homes was also ranked the fastest growing services business in the central North Island.
Managing Director, Trent Montgomery, who along with his wife Heidi established the business in 2015, says the last three years have been incredibly busy. The awards presented a good opportunity to reflect on TDM’s journey and its substantial growth over that period.
“It’s been a huge team effort and it was great to be able to celebrate that. “There have been some great names associated with the awards both past and present and it’s tremendous to be part of that.”
With a show room in Hamilton, and a joinery and modular home factory in Cambridge, the business operates the depth and breadth of New Zealand with modular homes currently under construction for Waiheke Island, Taupo, Hawke’s Bay and interest coming from the South Island.
Trent and Heidi first started putting house and land packages together in 2008 when Trent was a constable in the New Zealand Police Force.
With a modus operandi of working any available spare time, weekends and holidays along with making the most of business opportunities, Trent and Heidi established the TDM brand in 2013.
Two years later Trent left the Force to focus on the growing business. “We’ve experienced rapid growth since then, initially building conventional homes,” says Trent.
“In 2016 we started the joinery side of the business and then late 2017 we started getting into the modular homes part of our business.”
Trent’s experience in the construction industry had shown that it was taking longer to build homes and he was keen to find a more efficient and cost effective way of building.
Battling the weather was another driver for looking at an alternative construction method.
“With a site built home we faced consistent challenges with weather. Building in a factory environment enabled us to eliminate that challenge. So in November 2017 we started to design a purpose built factory for the construction of modular homes.”
With the factory completed in 2018 and TDM Modular operational in May of that year, Trent says the business took off quickly and has become very popular.
“The concept is to provide a high quality home which has good shape and design appeal in a modular transportable form. What we’ve done is to divide the layout of a conventional home into logical modules and build those modules in a factory so they can be transported individually to site.”
Built in their modular form, the homes are dry from day one and 90% complete when they leave the factory for the building site—so kitchens are installed, appliances, fitted off and tiling complete.
“We have four in-house designers and at this stage we’re custom designing the homes to suit the client. Where we’re most competitive and very different to most transportable home companies is that we’re able to supply multi-level homes as well – we have some three-storey buildings going to Wellington.”
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