Prefab pioneer still leading the way
Built on a solid foundation of hard work, integrity and honesty – after 79 years Keith Hay Homes is still going strong and aims to continue shaping the future of New Zealand’s transportable home building industry.
With an emphasis on building customer relationships and providing a reliable service, customers can be guaranteed that the experience received from the Christchurch team will be an enjoyable one says Keith Hay Homes’ national sales and marketing manager Barry Walker.
Founded in 1938 by the late Keith Hay at the age of 21, he went on to pioneer the concept of affordable transportable prefabricated homes in 1949.
Today, the business is centred around providing prefabricated homes throughout New Zealand with eight branches in the North Island and one in the South.
“We’re very proud that the business remains a fully family owned and operated business after all of this time with Keith’s son, David Hay, at the helm as managing director and David’s children Matthew, general manager and Roseanne Hay, finance and HR manager,” says Barry.
The Christchurch branch services a number of regions of the South Island and is located at the same construction yard in Main South Road Hornby that it has operated from since opening in 1972, has been constructing homes in the Christchurch region for 45 years.
“Our homes are built using only top quality products from other leading New Zealand suppliers.
“The homes are transported to the customers’ section, connected to services, and any further work such as steps, decks and pergolas finished off,” explains Barry.
“This means site disruption is minimal, there’s less disturbance to neighbours and the land can be used right up to the house arriving.
“If for some reason it’s not possible to gain access to a section then we can build on site although this is not our core business.”
The Christchurch branch employs its own licensed building team, ensuring high quality control and performance. Over the years strong relationships have been established with trusted sub contractors like plumbers and electricians.
“We have a vast number of plans to choose from, suitable for family homes, first homes, investment properties, rural workers accommodation, educational buildings and commercial buildings,” says Barry.
“Our plans are specifically built to withstand South Island conditions. Furthermore the pile foundations have been noted to perform better in earthquakes.”
He says that Keith Hay Homes is experiencing increasing enquiries for entry level buildings from parents looking at putting a secondary dwelling on larger sites for their children, or even the other way round and a lot of farmers making enquiries about homes for farm workers.
“All of our homes come with a personal guarantee from David Hay so our clients can be very reassured that we will deliver,” says Barry.