Unique project taps Latitude expertise

Unique project taps Latitude expertise
The Papaioea Place project is a unique project in the region.

Graham Wellington has owned and operated Latitude Homes, Taranaki for two years. He says it’s a great group to be a part of. “Before I took up the franchise I had built for them for two years, so I knew something of their building systems and the kind of support offered,” Graham says.
His original thoughts were that the business would take on 10-12 houses a year, however when Business North Central spoke with Graham in June he had 17 homes in various stages of construction.
His area covers all of Taranaki and the Manawatu and he says that demand for affordable, well-constructed level-entry homes in the region is strong.
When clients view their plans or discuss what their design wishes are, they can choose from four options, providing a substantial range of cost outcomes, depending on their circumstances and budget.
“We offer the kit-set option, where Latitude Homes supplies the materials and clients build the house themselves, shell build where we get the house to lock up stage, an option where we supply them with the materials for the inside, or the full build.
We find for our level-entry home-owners having this flexibility is a real strength in our marketing, ” Graham says. That quality and the cost and time-efficient building methods Latitude Homes employs has secured for Graham, and his team of contracted builders, a unique project in the region.
The project, called the Papaioea Special Housing Project, is a long-term commitment from the local council to create 50 warm, well-built single bedroom units to meet demands from the district’s elderly for quality accommodation.
Latitude Homes came across the Papaioea Place project on a tender website. We put together a proposal and we were successful. “Work started in early June and we are currently building 30 units in stage one.”
The units are all cladded in James Hardie Axon panel. Once the 30 units are complete we will move the existing tenants into the new units and begin works on the remaining 20 units. When asked what he most enjoys about holding the Latitude Homes Central franchise Graham’s answer says it all.
“I just love building. I began building when I first left school and though I am not on the tools any more I still enjoy seeing good work done and good progress made for our clients when a build is underway.”
He also contributes his enjoyment of working in the industry to the support and culture that operates within the wider Latitude Homes franchise network.

Unique project taps Latitude expertise
The Papaioea Special Housing Project is a long-term commitment from Council to create 50 warm, well-built single bedroom units to meet demands from the district’s elderly for quality accommodation.

“All our franchisees meet up to five times a year to discuss advertising, what is going on generally in the home-owner market and what is coming up in their respective areas.”
While the set plans offer a wide range of designs and prices and building options Graham says there is scope for owners to mark their personal stamp with small changes to the floor plan. Winter brings on a slower period of builds however the normal building time-frame, once the concrete floor is down is around 18 weeks.
“I would encourage readers looking for a wide range of affordable options in this fantastic area we operate in to look at our website and make contact with us about all the services we can offer.”
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