Best of both worlds in Central Otago

Best of both worlds in Central Otago
Landmark Homes uses trusted architects and draughtsmen as part of its design and build process.

Architectural design is not usually seen as a staple of franchise house construction, but Landmark Homes Central Otago is making a name for itself in bespoke, high-end homes.
Franchisee Andy Lawrence says 95% of Land-mark Homes Central Otago builds are bespoke.
An advantage to clients is they have the best of both worlds in terms of architectural quality and detailing in the finished house, plus national buying power within a well-structured franchise with robust systems, Andy says.
Many of Landmark’s houses have a 2.7 metre stud height, which is 300mm higher than the usual 2.4 metres, and when combined with high quality features, the result is a great sense of space, light and a feeling of luxury.
Landmark Homes Central Otago has also had good enquiry from people looking to build smaller houses, including self-contained flats.
The franchise uses trusted architects and draughtsmen as part of its design and build process, or is happy to work with pre-drawn plans provided by a client.
Once a plan is finalised, Andy and his team provide full support and project management through to completion and beyond.
A crucial part of the initial process, and the build itself, is to understand the client’s goals and budget while ensuring that costs are kept under control.
“We help manage the whole process so that the costs don’t run away.
“If the client has a certain amount to work with and they want to use and architect, then throughout the drawing process we are managing the cost with the architect to make sure the house stays within budget.”
While Andy describes the first 18 months of owning the franchise as challenging, he is looking forward to the results of putting his personal stamp on the business.
This includes implementing systems and processes backed by carefully chosen staff and builders who work in a strong team culture, a nod to Andy’s former management experience as a super-yacht captain and build project manager for an American billionaire.
“I think it’s been a big asset, especially with turning it into a real customer-focused business, making sure the client’s are the hero and we are the guides, not the hero; I think that’s quite important.”
Within the business’s culture, good communication, especially regular reporting to clients, is crucial, he says.
“The little things are simple to implement, but they make a massive difference.”
The ability for people to see detailed designs and information on Landmark’s website provides a great starting point for potential clients anywhere in the world.
Having good systems and processes and earning trust is especially crucial when a project involves an absentee international client.
Andy and his team take a lot of pride in creating quality homes that are built with a long-term, durable vision, therefore Andy has no reservations stating that some of Landmark Homes Central Otago builds are unlikely to be the cheapest, by comparison.
Consequently there is a common thread among people who have seen completed Landmark Homes houses, Andy says.
“They really see the quality and see why we do not aim to be the cheapest.

Best of both worlds in Central Otago

“You certainly get what you pay for and people can see that in our product. “There’s no shortcuts.”
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