Building with true style in Whangamata

Building with true style in Whangamata
There’s an easy flow and feel to the living spaces with ample access to substantial outdoor living areas, including a fire, pool and spa pool.

Aaron Webb established his residential building company Webb Builderz in 2005 and has been involved in construction ever since leaving school and undertaking an apprenticeship.A long stint travelling and working overseas provided Aaron with valuable building experiences and the desire to set up his own company as soon as he returned.
Based in Whangamata, arguably one of the sweeter place in New Zealand to build homes in, Aaron today employs three other builders, one of whom is completing his apprenticeship.“I have had quite a few apprentices over time and one of these has remained with me for 8 years which is really great.
I find it very satisfying to see new builders have opportunities to learn great building skills and get their careers underway,” says Aaron.When asked about significant changes that have impacted on him Aaron says the paper-work and compliances are the biggest factors.
“Paper-work has tripled in the last five years with everything having to be signed off. When licensing of builders came in, which is a good thing, administration responsibilities increased.”
Along with his building qualifications as a licensed building practitioner Aaron has recently also become a licensed architectural designer, giving him the enviable position of being able to design and build for his clients.
Those design skills have been put to good use in a very special build completed two years ago – his own family home nestled just 120 metres from the beach and 300 metres from Whangamata’s shopping precinct.
“My wife is very good with floor plans and interior design so it didn’t take us long to sit down and arrive at the basic concept of the home,” says Aaron.
The two-storey home delivers striking street appeal clad in a combination of Litecrete® panels and rough sawn timber and cedar inside. Aaron says using these materials made for a very cost-effective and fairly easy build. “I tried to avoid steel as much as possible. Inside it is all jibbed and the floor plan has been designed for easy family living.”
Most of the ground floor is the social/living hub of the home along with the master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, while upstairs three more bedrooms, a separate lounge and outdoor deck, offer the children plenty of room.
At 280sqm, the attached ground-floor garage has some clever design features. Given it wasn’t possible to provide width wise the full two-vehicle access, the decision was made to lengthen the garage to 9 metres long and to build into the sides covered storage spaces.
“This works really well, as we can easily access things like bikes and the large storage spaces are hidden behind doors making it possible to keep the garage really functional and tidy.”There’s a really easy fl ow and feel to the living spaces with ample access to substantial outdoor living areas, including a fire, pool and spa pool.
Upstairs most of the bedrooms have been positioned over the garage, meaning that any noise from upstairs doesn’t impact on the down-stairs living/kitchen spaces.Looking forward to a productive 2020, work has just got underway on another high-end large residence in Whangamata.
“Our new builds tend to take several months to complete however we off-set this by also undertaking alterations and renovations. Here in Whangamata there are a lot of smaller projects with original beach homes made larger and updated.”
When asked about future plans for his company Aaron says he’s not planning on getting much bigger in terms of staff. “There’s always a responsibility to ensure plenty of ongoing work for the team and I’m happy with our current size and capability.”
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