Reputation for quality hard-earned
Longstanding Franklin residential building company Austen Builders focuses on the delivery of quality products and ensuring 100% client satisfaction, with owner Harvey Austen’s exacting eye for detail and in-house training of staff from apprentices to qualiﬁed builders.
“I know what I’m going to get from them, and they know the quality they have got to produce,” Harvey says. Austen Builders has been around for more than 40 years, started by Harvey’s father G raham.
Harvey completed his apprenticeship elsewhere, then came back to work in the family business, eventually buying into the business then buying it outright.
Harvey brings extensive industry and construction knowledge to Austen Builders, including project management, product procurement, pricing, construction programming, compliance, and health and safety management.
He has built on Austen Builders’ hard-earned reputation for quality and in 2016, the company took out the Auckland Registered Master Builders House of the Year gold and category win for a house it built in Pauanui.
With three builders on the team, and looking to expand, Austen Builders is well placed to complete any type of residential project from small renovations to complex architectural new home builds.
Austen Builders keeps its overheads extremely low, with just Harvey and his wife Nicola in the ofﬁce, allowing the company to compete successfully with the local group home building companies.
Austen Builders’ in-house training also ensures every project is completed to a high standard by well-trained builders who know how to produce quality results.
In recent years, Austen Builders has been working at the Pokeno Village Estate, building for clients as well as a range of house-and-land packages.
Austen Builders has completed a number of builds in the estate, with Harvey saying its affordability and location makes it suitable for a wide variety of clients.
“Pokeno Village Estate is an excellent place to live, just out of the rat race and no trafﬁc lights!” he says.
“Pokeno is getting its own supermarket soon and is going to become a nice little boutique town, just like the nearby Pukekohe.”
He says Pokeno Village Estate developer Dines Group has done a great job on the subdivision, keeping sections affordable by working with the natural contours of the valley and aligning roads and sections around existing stands of trees and waterways.
Once it is fully developed, Pokeno Village Estate will cover around 400ha and will include residential sections, an employment zone, extensive recreational parks and sports grounds,and additional school facilities,.
The village will feature neighbourhood walkways with native planting and open spaces, and a reinstated market square.
Austen Builders’ house-and-land packages at Pokeno Village Estate offer three to four bedrooms, with ensuite and walk in robe in the master bedroom, a separate ofﬁce, two living areas, and double garage.
The homes are clad in brick with tile roofs, and include European kitchen appliances, stone benchtops, and tiled showers.