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Jennian Homes Franklin owners Vincent and Michelle Costello have been building quality homes in the Franklin region for over a decade. With 40 years combined experience in the building industry you can trust us to build the home you’ve always wanted.
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Noel and Alison Miller moved into their newly built Jennian home in Te Kauwhata just two months ago. It was their first new build experience giving them the dream home they had long wanted. SOUTH asked the Millers about their experience and the outcome.
These days there are copious building companies to choose from; how and why did you decide on Jennian Homes Franklin?
We visited several local building franchises and found the sales staff at Jennian the most welcoming; nothing was too much trouble. They weren’t pushy or wanting us to sign up there and then. Instead, they visited our site before we signed with them and even before we had settled on the land, so they could see what we wanted to achieve. We wanted our dream home, and rather than tell us what we could have, they asked what we wanted, then made it happen. We were on the same page.
Vincent and Michelle Costello have been building Jennian Homes in Franklin for more than 10 years, did you find them to be knowledgeable and helpful when you approached them about building?
Very much so; they fully explained the process. As we had never done this before we relied on their expertise. We had heard some building horror stories and wanted everything done right. They were both there to help us through any issues. Working in a bank, I have helped a lot of people with the financial side of building so I knew building could be stressful. As a result, I knew we needed the Costello’s to help us with the process.
Did have your own architect or did you choose a Jennian Homes existing plan?
We’ve had two homes since we married; neither was a new home. We had an idea of what we wanted so looked at some Jennian plans which fitted with our ideas and also visited some show homes. An adapted Jennian plan, incorporating added elements we saw and liked, perfectly suited our needs.
You were living in Tuakau, what made you build in Te Kauwhata?
We had sold our property and couldn’t find a suitable replacement so decided to build. Our previous home was on two acres but with construction going up all around us, we wanted to get back to a rural outlook. Our daughter and her family live in Waerenga so we knew the area. When a 65-acre block came on the market just as we were looking around, we bought it and everything fell into place. Noel works from home doing mechanics and engineering but I travel to Takanini each day. However, the drive is worthwhile when I come home to such a beautiful house.
How much advice did you receive regarding building materials?
We were given all the options as well as addresses of places built with materials which appealed to us. We did a few road trips to help us decide because it’s not easy imagining outcomes just from looking through brochures.
Did Jennian Homes offer you the services of a colour consultant and or did you plan interior decor yourself?
Yes, we had colour consultant from Yellow Fox but we already had fixed ideas in mind so they helped us achieve these. Once aware we weren’t building a standard house, we were shown more options to suit our plan.
Who worked with when planning the home and did you deal with the same person throughout?
We started with one sales person who unfortunately left but it was a very smooth transition to Jo who was fully up to speed. In fact, she was fantastic-so patient and nothing was too much trouble. She provided a host of options. Once the build began, project managers, Pete and Alex oversaw the build. Everyone knew exactly what was happening throughout and, if I rang the office, I was fully informed on progress.
Most people work to a budget; in considering your own budget was there much you had to compromise on and if so what?
We started with a budget which increased over time, as it does, but we didn’t want a standard home, so we worked outside the box with Jennian to make this happen. In the end, we didn’t compromise on much at all.
How long did the build take once you had signed the contract and were you happy with the time frame?
The build took 9 to 10 months. I don’t think anyone is entirely happy with build time frames especially when living in a shed while the new home is built. But, really, 10 months was much shorter than others we’ve heard about and the wait was definitely worth it. We saw progress every day and excellent communication between all parties was so helpful.
Were there any hold ups with the likes of resource consent and council permits etc? If so, were they dealt with efficiently?
From the time we purchased the land until we were in our new home was almost a year. Everything went smoothly except for a couple of bumps when chosen items were no longer available or not quite what I wanted. But, again, I was given alternatives and any hiccups were quickly dealt with. The longest part was actually getting everything we wanted into the plan. Later, we did change a couple of things which added to the time.
What aspect of your new home do you like best?
All of it. The house turned out exactly as we had imagined; I still can’t believe it’s ours.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Maybe not live in a shed while having the house built! However, not paying rent saved us money, allowing more to spend on our home.
Given the opportunity to build again would you be knocking on Jennian Homes’ door?
Definitely. We appreciated that most of the tradesmen and contractors were local and, in
fact, we knew quite a few of them. Furthermore, the standard of workmanship was very high. We are extremely pleased.
Our First Home & Our dream with Jennian
Buying a home in Auckland seemed next to impossible for us. With market prices going up and auctions getting beyond our reach we had given up on hope to get onto the property ladder.
The fear about building was always there in our minds which made it, even more, harder for us. But we still remember our first visit to Jennian Homes and never thought our dream would turn into reality. With such a friendly staff who walked us through every step of the process, it made things a lot clearer.
Through the build everything seemed so easy and tension free for us. They guided us through the entire process and kept us updated on every stage of building our house. Deadlines were met and work was carried out according to schedule and in a most professional way. The quality of representation and the attention to detail from the beginning of the process to the finish has been remarkable. We do not have the words to express how much we enjoyed building with you guys as this was our first experience with new construction, so we didn’t know precisely what to expect. Everyone we dealt with, from initial contact, through design and construction, has been exceptional.
Thanks again to the team of Jennian Homes for building us our first home which we will love and enjoy for years to come. Special thanks to Alex Van Dijk who has put a lot of effort and support which was extended towards us. We appreciate all that you have done.
“Now we have a home that we love and memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Thanks for helping us accomplish our dream”.
We will certainly recommend your company to anyone who is looking to build a new home.
Whole home renovation and make over
We were attracted to Jennian in the first instance by their reputation, and the fact that the original house, which we are pleased with, was built by Jennian.
Secondly, we wanted a competent, approachable project manager, who could engage tradesmen to deliver quality workmanship standards and ensure they met timeframes. This would have been difficult, if not impossible for us to achieve on our own. This Jennian did seamlessly, keeping us updated regularly and communicating throughout.
One of our biggest concerns was timing, as on a previous new build, we had been let down. We were excited and very pleased that Jennian came in on time and on budget for our whole home renovation.
Jennian seems to also be very conscientious of their post build follow-up obligations. We would have no hesitation in recommending the Jennian team to anyone.
Gary and Marie Finlay
We found building with Jennian Homes Franklin to be effortless!
Their systems are patently well embedded, their team is highly efficient and competent, and the whole process was professionally run. We received a pristine home, exactly as expected, on-budget, and delivered on-time.
Thank you Vincent, Michelle & your team. We would unreservedly recommend Jennian Home Franklin to anybody considering using their services.
Jason & Wendy, Pukekohe
My husband and I had visited several show homes and looked at dozens of sites and plans. The thought of building was daunting and something we had never done before. Actually, it was quite scary. We chose Jennian to build with because their finished homes demonstrated expert craftsmanship and the staff were always friendly, welcoming and happy to answer our many questions.
During the build process, we changed our minds often about elements we wanted to include or remove from our plans. Jennian gave us their honest opinion and ideas about elements we wanted and some we didn’t know we would want. Solutions were offered to us for problematic situations and these turned out to improve the layout of our home, our section and the finished value of our property. We were always included in every aspect of the build and kept up to date with progress and delays (of which mother nature was the largest cause). We absolutely love our home.
Thank you, Michelle and Vincent Costello, of Jennian Homes in Franklin. We highly recommend Jennian, Franklin as a company to build with if you want quality and expert craftsmanship.
Eddie and Bobbie Pene
Now we have confirmed Jennian as our builder we wanted to provide some feedback on Alisa. During our DD process we have reviewed 3 different sections and 5 builders. We are still relatively new to NZ and were becoming despondent in our search for a project and have a had a few unpleasant experiences with a couple of builders along the way.
Jennian Homes has scored highest on the attributes we have been assessing and there is one contributing factor for this (excluding the product that Jennian offer) – Alisa.
Alisa, instantly put Angie at ease and was able to clearly demonstrate the Jennian specification.
We are doing a design and build on a site that requires some earful design considerations to maximise the views and location. Alisa work efficiently and continuously to ensure that both the feasibility of our design and the project estimate aligned with our requirements.
We both look forward to working with the Jennian Team in the development and delivery of our new home. Please pass on a big thanks to Alisa from us both. Keep up the good work.
We decided to build our new home in Pokeno and from the very beginning when we approached Jennian Homes in Franklin we found them to be very professional and fantastic guidance.
Michelle and Vincent have been helpful and informative throughout the whole process. Our home was built on budget and on time.
Since we have moved into our new home we have had many comments from friends and neighbours saying how lovely the finish and colour scheme is.
We can certainly recommend anyone who wishes a quality build and a great experience to the Jennian team in Franklin.
Charles and Vani Prusuthman