Smith & Sons sets up new Marlborough Sounds hub

Smith & Sons sets up new Marlborough Sounds hub
Construction in the Marlborough Sounds is a very different dynamic to places which have full road access.

Renovation and extension specialist Smith & Sons are establishing a Picton office to serve the residential and commercial market in Marlborough Sounds.
Smith & Sons Marlborough Sounds will be run by general manager Ryan Webb under the umbrella of its Blenheim franchise, owned by Daniel and Jessica Francis.
Smith & Sons is the largest home renovation company in New Zealand and Australia. The company specialises in all types of home renovations and extensions and has completed more than 10,000 jobs since it was launched in 2007.
The business was formed when it was realised many people were not given a fair go when renovating, often receiving sub-standard service compared to those wanting to build a new home.This deficiency was an obvious opportunity to of-fer consistent, world-class service and high quality construction.
Ryan says construction in the Marlborough Sounds is a very different dynamic to places which have full road access; many sites are remote and only have boat access or require a long, winding drive to reach by road. “It’s a lot more challenging.”
Along with difficult access, some sites are steep and require the coordination of barges and possibly helicopters to ferry building materials.While the distance from Picton to Blenheim is only 25 minutes, it will be great to have a convenient Marlborough Sounds hub for both Smith & Sons and its clients, he says.
“If people spend 40 minutes on a boat they don’t really want to be driving another 25 minutes into Blenheim.” Marlborough Sounds has a 150 kilometre coast-line and covers 4000 square kilometres.
“It is a huge area. While we will be based in Picton we will also do work out of the Havelock area.”In addition to home owners, it is anticipated the ability to provide a convenient, local service to tourist operators who have accommodation facilities in the sounds will create a further boost to business.
Each Smith & Sons franchise offers a comprehensive in-house design, plan and construct process, which ensures full control of each project from start to finish.This means clients go into a renovation fully empowered with information, especially about the total cost of a project, and the ability to make decisions in a collaborative process.
There is an art to a quality, seamless renovation or extension, Ryan says.“We’ve got great designers who create a 3D overview of the vision for a project; before we start a build we know exactly how its going to work.”
Smith & Sons sets up new Marlborough Sounds hub
Ryan comes from a building and engineering background.Marlborough Sounds is an excellent fit for him; he previously worked around the world on commercial ships and super-yachts and loves the challenging geographical and maritime environment of the sounds.
His technical expertise is backed by Smith & Sons Blenheim’s stellar track record which places the franchise well within the top ten in Australasia.
It has won Franchise of the Year South Island every year since 2015, NZ Renovation of the Year 2015, Best Customer Service 2015, NZ Design Centre of the Year 2015, Best Admin Team 2016, International Franchisee of the Year 2018 and Best Customer Service 2019.
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