Awards recognise quality and design

Awards recognise quality and design
Jennian Homes Manawatu earned two national awards and five regional awards, including the highly coveted Craftsmanship Award, in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards .

Scooping a bounty of regional and national Master Builder awards in 2017 has cemented Jennian Homes Manawatu’s reputation for premium quality and outstanding workmanship at a national level.
Entering three homes into the Master Builders House of the Year Awards, the Manawatu franchise earned five regional awards including the highly coveted Craftsmanship Award, before taking out the Gold Reserve and National Gold Awards in the category ‘Placemakers Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 – $700,000’ for a home built in Marton.
When announcing the prized national awards in November, judges commented: “The residence with its simplicity of design, choice of materials, very precise assemblage and superb construction values sets a high standard for the industry.”
Each of the three homes entered, including the company’s show home, received awards at regional level.
Acknowledging the importance of winning the national awards, the franchisee’s quantity surveyor Natasha Hedge says winning the Hawkes Bay – Manawatu Regional Craftsmanship Award for the house that won the national awards was a significant milestone.
“That was the award our director, Tarsha Isles, was most excited about because three judges viewed the house, saying it was the best they’d seen in the Manawatu/Wanganui/East Coast area.
“The national award was important of course— but we’re very proud of the local award recognising our craftsmanship.”
Natasha describes the home, located on a lifestyle block, as a large four-bedroom residence, smartly clad for a contemporary look, delivering modern comfort and traditional values with plenty of personal touches throughout. Features include a stunning designer kitchen with adjoining scullery catering well to country life.
Two elegant bathrooms with tile accents and a stunning back-to-wall bath are noteworthy. She says the bespoke home incorporates a large laundry/mudroom, gym, double garage and carport promise room for all the extras required to run a lifestyle property.
From a long background in the construction industry, Tarsha Isles, along with family members, bought the Manawatu franchise in 2013.
With a passionate team focused on growing the business and providing quality customer experience, the business has routinely doubled the number of annual builds year-on-year.
Located in an office and award winning show home in Milson, Palmerston North, the company’s geographic reach extends to Horowhenua, Manawatu, Tararua, Rangitikei, Wanganui and Ruapehu.
The company’s own in-house building crews are complemented with regular and trusted contractors allowing for multiple homes to be built in parallel.
Following a long history of contract building for Tarsha, Murray and Kirsty Brown were invited to join the business as owner/directors in 2017, bolstering the company’s construction, project and technical experience.

Awards recognise quality and design
Features include a stunning designer kitchen with adjoining scullery catering well to country life.

 
Natasha says that the team of nine office staff, including sales, project managers, home and interior designers, quantity surveyors and administration provide customers with complementary customer service when it comes to the design and planning process. “All of us in the office have built our own homes and have experience in that process.
That’s where most of us have found the passion for what we do. “We have the experience to suggest alternatives to our customers in regard to their build during the planning process.”
Natasha says that people are quite reassured after speaking to a sales person and a quantity surveyor who can tell them what the build will cost, and the designer has drawn it and gone over it in fine detail.
Having an experienced builder in the office has also proven invaluable. “We’ve over 30 standard plans customers can select from and enhance to suit their personal needs,” explains Natasha.
“We also do full bespoke design-and-build so we’re really about building whatever our client wants. “While we provide homes within the $450,000 Kiwisaver cap, we also do many design-and-builds over $600,000.
“We give our clients the best house possible home for their budget—it doesn’t matter if it’s big or small.”
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