Experienced duo enjoy the challenges

Experienced duo enjoy the challenges
Open plan living forms the heart of the home and flows to luxurious outdoor living, including an outdoor fire and infinity pool.

For Auckland bespoke home building company Bemur Construction, happy customers who love their new home make all the challenges faced throughout the design-and-build process worthwhile.
Recognition from industry peers by way of a gold award in the new home over $2 million category of the Auckland Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition has also afforded Grant Bell and Mike Murphy of Bemur Construction a great deal of satisfaction.
Grant and Mike have been in business for 15 years, and were three-quarters finished this build at Karaka when they decided to join Registered Master Builders.
“We have been building some really nice houses and we thought we should show some of them off,” Grant says.
The clients behind this particular build are the daughter and son-in-law of a previous satisfied customer, who recommended the company after Bemur Construction built his new home.
The clients came up with a design based on a home they had seen at a Hawke’s Bay winery, and Bemur Construction sat with them and the draughtsman throughout the design process to ensure all of their wishes were captured in the working drawings.
The 450sqm home is designed with two wings, separating the three bedrooms into a master wing with en suite, walk in wardrobe, and two generous office spaces for the work from home owners, while two guest bedrooms share an exquisite bathroom in the guest wing.
Open plan living forms the heart of the home and flows to luxurious outdoor living, including an outdoor fire and infinity pool.
A wine cellar is accessed via a spiral staircase, and opens out to a petanque court nestled in an olive grove. Aside from the look of their new home, they had some other specifications. “They wanted solar energy to run as much of the home’s power usage as possible,” Grant says.
“27 solar panels on the roof feed the pool in the summer and the underfloor heating in the winter. The whole house has polished concrete floors so the solar has a lot to run.”
The home’s rural location required a septic system and the owners chose a Jet Waste waste water treatment plant, which treats waste water then pumps it under the pine trees on the 35 acre property.
Bemur Construction is now working on a renovation project which will be the company’s 2019 entry into the Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards.
It’s a historic home in Grey Lynn, Auckland, an old brick villa which in the past had been extended with a modern, boxy, and unsympathetic extension out the back.
“We have pulled that down and we’re putting a second story over the top, all done in sympathy with the beautiful old house, its gables and decorative finials,” Grant says.
Project manager Mike and site manager Grant have a winning formula, each with the specialist skills necessary to complete all aspects of residential new build and renovation projects.
“Mike looks after the clients and I look after the site, and it all works really well,” Grant says. “We try to do a top job for everyone, work closely with them and deliver what they want.”
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