Steady work for Thomas and team
Thomas Stein bought the Navigation Homes North Harbour franchise back in 2013 having arrived in New Zealand two years before from Germany where he was responsible for managing large construction projects.
“It occurred to me that rather than use my building skills directly it made more sense for me to draw on my experiences managing builds and the opportunity presented to purchase Navigation Homes North Harbour, north of Auckland,” Thomas says.
His wife assists with the all important finance and administration of the busy franchise and Thomas says he is very happy with how the business has evolved since establishing.
The company operates over a large area from the northern side of the harbour bridge up to Puhoi and from the East Coast through to Riverhead.
He builds his houses using a strong and experienced pool of subcontractors and at any one time can have six to eight homes at various stages being built.
Navigation Homes offers a wide range of plans from the home entry-level Compass and Nautical series through to the higher-end Designer and Villa ranges.
Asked why he chose the Navigation Homes brand, Thomas says that franchisees are very well supported and prepared by the company manager and the ongoing management for the building systems.
“We communicate with each other in the franchises and each year we all meet three times at one general meeting and two training meetings which are really beneficial. Steady work for Thomas and team“We get introduced to new products, new building regulations, council forms and franchise agreements with suppliers.”
When Business North spoke with Thomas the company had three builds on the go and were eagerly awaiting official opening of their brand-new “Replica Villa” home at 4 Syd Grant Crescent, Orewa.
“It’s our home and the base for our business. We have set up an area to receive visitors and to showcase the homes we build. Visits will be by appointment.”
While the range of standard plans offers viewers a large selection of residential styles Thomas says it is possible to make adjustments to most plans.
And for those with their own plan Navigation Homes North Harbour is happy to take on the project.
As the company is currently structured Thomas says he’s satisfied with the number of projects it can adequately manage at any one time.
He spends the morning visiting building sites to update progress and is back in the office in the afternoon
.“I would not want to try to do many more at the same time”A five- bedroom, two-storey home based on a plan from the Compass series has recently been completed at 48 Colonial Drive in Silverdale.
Thomas says this House and Land package on an approximately 441sqm section is surprisingly spacious given its 209sqm floor plan.
The property goes on the sale market by May. Thomas says 2019 is shaping up to be another successful year.
“There is so much building happening in the area we cover with new subdivisions opening up all the time. I am confident this year will prove to be another busy one.”
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