Strong demand for Stonewood look
The market for new home builds is strong in Dunedin and, with more land being freed up for development, Stonewood Home Dunedin is busy offering house-and-land packages to customers which are selling as quickly as they come onto the market, says franchise owner Graeme Sneddon.
The franchise presently has eleven builds underway in Dunedin and another eleven in Alexandra, where it also has an office to meet demand in that area.
Graeme says that several years ago land sat on the market for years in Alexandra but now is swooped up quickly as demand builds in the area, something he puts down to the rising prices in surrounding areas.
Graeme, a qualified builder and Licensed Building Practitioner, has run his own building company for over 30 years.
It was around 10 years ago that he and wife Judith decided to take on a franchise seeing that was the way the local building market was heading.
They started Stonewood Home Dunedin from scratch, quickly establishing a presence for the brand in the region.
They now build from Balclutha to Oamaru and Clyde.
Graeme puts the success of the franchise down to the great range of plans Stonewood Home offers, which he considers stand out in the market.
“The Stonewood Home plans have flair and a point of difference.
For example we put horizontal bands through the windows.
We might use a clever mix of claddings.
“All of these things add to the design wow factor and make a Stonewood Home stand out from the rest,” he says.
Stonewood Home is a national company, which has been in operation for over 25 years and is now one of the largest new homebuilders in the country.
The national company has now built over 6000 new homes with a large percentage built for repeat customers.
Graeme says it gives clients “real peace of mind” knowing this kind of experience is behind
their build coupled with the benefits of volume buying power.
Stonewood Home Dunedin has also won awards in the past for its homes, another key point indicating the high levels of quality for which the company continually strives, says Graeme.
Stonewood Home offers a range of versatile award winning house plans as well as a full design and build option.
Graeme says that because each plan can be altered to suit the clients’ specific needs and site “no two homes are exactly the same”.
He says another point of difference is that Stonewood Home standard home designs come with an inverted heat pump, R2.6 insulated exterior walls, R5.0 insu lated ceilings and double glazing.
Stonewood Home are built using renewable resources and non-toxic building materials.
Communication during the build is another focus.
Stonewood Home has good systems in place to keep customers informed of the progress of their build such as Stonewoodconnect.
“Customers receive a unique password and log in to the online system so they can view regular updates of their build along with weekly photos,” explains Graeme.
“They can even leave messages for their supervisor on Stonewoodconnect if they wish.
When the build is finished they have a full online record of consents, code of compliance and other important details available whenever they need it.”
Located at 15 Ben Lomond Drive the 235 square metre show home includes three bedrooms, bathroom, ensuite, separate toilet, outdoor covered area and double garage.
The home has been clad in a clever mix of white Hardies Stria cladding and cedar ply and baton.
Roof skylights form another design point of difference in this contemporary designed home.
Stonewood Homes Dunedin is offering six house and land packages in the street and three have already sold.
“As fast as we are securing land it’s selling,” says Graeme.
“This is the most buoyant the market has been in a decade.
“People are realising that for only a little more they can build a brand new fully insulated home as opposed to buying an older home.
“We plan to keep meeting the demand for high quality new homes in the region.”