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Dwayne and Sue Prendergast, together with Paul and Bubs Jenkins are the names behind Jennian Homes Canterbury.
With shared values of honesty, quality and integrity, Jennian Homes Canterbury pride themselves on creating dream homes for happy clients from Kaikoura to Waimate. With over 55 years combined experience and a great team behind them, they endeavour to explore your ideas, explain options and offer complete certainty around the process of building.
Whether it’s your first new home build or if you want to design and build your dream home, we cover it all. From design and planning through to building and receiving the keys to your new home, the Jennian Homes Canterbury team are dedicated to delivering an enjoyable building experience and quality homes, all at affordable prices.
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We had been thinking about building for some time. We had lived in our old house for nearly 20 years, bringing up our children, adding an extension and creating fantastic memories. It was time to create a new home and new memories with our now teenage children.
We started as everyone does, looking at show homes for ideas. We loved what Jennian were doing so started talking to Dwayne and Sue about future possibilities. Dwayne was outstanding throughout the process, always approachable and happy to share his knowledge.
Our old home was a real suntrap and this was important to us going forward. It was a major aspect of the design philosophy for our new house. We found a couple of sections and asked for Dwayne’s thoughts and ideas on the sections, their layout and plan ideas for them. The section we finally decided on was north facing and we started on design ideas to suit.
Tracey and I had ideas about what we wanted but did not know what was achievable. Jennian supplied some custom plan ideas that would suit the section. They were good, but not quite what we had in mind. Jennian were more than happy to move things around and update the plans. This was great, and to be fair to them we changed a few things over the design stage and they were more than happy to accommodate.
Jennian had just completed their “Studio J”. What a fantastic tool for helping customers pick the interior and exterior fittings and fixtures. It is literally a show home at their office where you can see, touch and play with all aspects, from cladding, carpet, kitchen and bathroom design through to light fixtures and tiles. All laid out for you so you can see how each choice relates, rather than just looking at product catalogues. This made the process of deciding on everything so much easier.
Once the building started we were introduced to Paul. Again, another great member of the Jennian team that was with us from day one till the end. Paul updated us at each stage of the build, supplying images and update via email of what was happening onsite at each stage. He was approachable and listened to our thoughts, concerns, ideas and again, gave us solid advice. During the build, I came across most of the tradespeople who were working on site and they were all great to deal with.
We have now moved into our new home and we are very happy with the end result. I cannot thank Dwayne, Sue, Paul and the rest of the team involved at Jennian enough. I had heard building a home was a stressful experience and would test the best relationship. I can honestly say it was an absolute pleasure. I will certainly be asking Jennian to help build our next home in the future. Thanks again Jennian.
Craig & Tracey Herron
To Whom It May Concern,
We were delighted with a Jennian build several years ago & did not hesitate to contact Jennian again for our recent build of a smaller home.
Darren & Sun consulted with us and from the beginning, they listened to us, blending our ideas and their suggestions. A nice plan developed.
Gavin & I already had a section in Amberley & worked an easy, open plan home with a large deck, facing the sun.
Both of us are pleased with our new home and do not hesitate to recommend Darren & Sun, who work as a very connected couple, to any new potential home builder.
Gavin & Sue Stewart
We have now successfully built two houses with Jennian Homes. We had such a good experience with the first build, that Jennian was the obvious choice for the new house.
The Jennian designer was able to turn our plans into an elegant and functional design and Darren and Sun were very helpful providing us with all the information we needed to select high-quality fittings and finishes.
The relationship with the carpet and kitchen companies was great and we had a lot of fun picking carpets, tiles and vinyl planking. Designing and picking colours and fittings for the kitchen was fun as well. Both companies offered good advice and were happy to provide us with product and colour samples to take away.
The Studio-J showroom was not available when we were in the planning stage, but we have visited it since. It is an excellent resource and it really makes it easy to choose what you want, from exterior surfaces right through to the bathroom vanities.
We were lucky enough to be able to use Tim Wills as the carpenter again. It was great to renew our acquaintance and he was pleased that the first house had come through the Christchurch earthquakes with very little damage.
Paul Jenkins is an excellent Project Manager. The build went very smoothly with no major problems or delays. He came up with some money saving ideas for the driveway and we were able to divert the funds into landscaping and fencing. Paul kept us very well informed with a weekly report saying what had been achieved and the plan for the next week. He also provided photos every week and they are a great record of the building process.
We have no reservations about recommending Jennian Homes Canterbury North, for your building project.
Andrew and Carol Barron May 2018.
When we first started this whole process of building our first home, we really wanted a company that was friendly, professional and treated us more than just their clients and we found this in Jennian Homes.
From day one Darren & Sun in Jennian Homes helped us find the perfect section to the perfect house and throughout the whole process, the experience has just been so easy and exciting with no unwanted surprises.
Jennian Homes will always be our builder.
Renee & Fred.
It has been a pleasure to have Darren and Sun design our new house, they are very caring and went out of their way to accommodate our wishes.
Jennian Homes Build delivered on everything that was asked of them.Paul Jenkins our build-supervisor updated us regularly with emails, photos and phone calls.
No stress and would be pleased to recommend Darren, Sun and Jennian Homes Build to anyone considering building.
My wife and I had a strong will to build a house, yet we didn’t know where to start and no clear picture for it. Having the opportunity to meet with Darren Kim and Sun Song had made us clearly understand our specific needs to imagine a detailed picture of our very first dream home. Their experience and passion are assets to Jennian Homes, and without being helped by them perhaps we may have searched for a different builder.
Darren and Sun appreciated our background and life stage and offered exactly what we wanted, within a limited time while backing us up to ensure each and every little bits and piece, which could easily go wrong especially for a first house. Jennian Homes also has great connections with external suppliers and information was shared across for efficient project progressing.
Throughout the entire building process with Jennian Homes, not only Darren and Sun but also Paul, who was our project manager ensured frequent communication to get things right. The outcome of one of the biggest projects we have gone through in our life was a definite success, and Jennian Homes made a young couple fill smiles with their dream house!
Kotaro & Karin
We built our new home with Dwayne and the team in Kaiapoi earlier this year. Our first build, the team guided us through the process and were incredibly supportive the whole way through.
Their advice was pragmatic and honest which we really appreciated. Their communication was great and they were always available to answer the myriad of questions we had.
We chose to build with Jennian because of their upfront and pleasant manner, but also because the quality of their “standard specification” build far outstripped that of their competitors.
The end product was exactly what we wanted and we get a huge number of compliments from friends and family. Above all we are highly impressed with the quality of our home and the service we’ve continued to receive from Jennian even after the build’s finished.
We sing the praises of Jennian Canterbury to anyone who will listen and would highly recommend building with them. We’ll definitely be back one day!
From our first contact with the Jennian General Manager – Dwayne to the completion of our house, we experienced a most creative, thoroughly professional and approachable team of people who worked closely with us throughout the design and building process.
They listened to what we wanted and were very respectful and obliging.
Living in Australia was no problem as Paul the Operations Manager communicated with us and emailed photos twice weekly so we could see progress.
We are absolutely delighted with every aspect of our new home.
Heather, Barry and Louise Lysaght
Jennian Homes Canterbury North made building our first home an absolute dream.
From the sales team Darren and Sun who worked tirelessly on perfecting our plan to Dwayne and Paul who delivered on every single promise, they made us.
We were really budget conscious with our first home, but our home was delivered on earlier than promised and within budget! No surprises and no hidden/additional costs.
We have now settled into our home and Paul’s after sales care has been just as superb. We don’t know of any other person or couple that have had such quick and stress-free build as us.
Matthew and Katie Carran
I cannot begin to describe how wonderful the team at Jennian Homes Canterbury North are to deal with.
My partner and I were building our first home and were a bit overwhelmed by all the moving parts.
Fortunately, the team and Jennian went above and beyond at every opportunity to make it easier and to explain all the nuances of the building process to us.
Our home has turned out exactly the way we wanted it and within the budget that was set. From the planning and initial steps with Eric and Dwayne through to the building process itself and dealing with Paul, we were blown away with the level of professionalism and expertise that the team at Jennian possess.
We couldn’t be happier and would like to thank the team at Jennian once again for an amazing experience and first home.
Callum and Emma
Being new to the new house build experience, Lyneen and I had no idea where to start. After gaining our concept drawings, Eric Briggs from Jennian Homes North Canterbury took our concept drawings and turned them into full working drawings, adapting for many of our changes, before deciding on exactly what suited our needs.
Once the build commenced, our project manager Paul Jenkins provided weekly, if not daily updates on the progress of the build. His communication skills were beyond what was expected. If we had any queries or changes during the build, he was most obliging to meet whatever our needs.
Our beautiful two storey house only took seven months to complete. We were more than impressed with the dedication given to our project right from the initial consultation to the follow-ups that we still have with Paul. We are very happy with our new home.
Jennian Homes North Canterbury provided us with an excellent first home build experience. We have no hesitation to recommend Jennian for anyone considering a build.
Campbell and Lyneen Thomson
Dear Darren, Sun, Kate, Paul, Sue, Bubs, Sara, Dwayne & everyone who contributed to our lovely new home,
Matt and I would like to thank you all, we are so grateful for all the guidance and support through building our first home and are overwhelmed at how easy the process was made by everyone at Jennian Homes.
Darren and Sun, you opened our eyes to some amazing plans and were able to produce something that Matt and I both love. You were able to incorporate our non-negotiables, and provide us with more than we ever wished for our first home. We are so grateful for your timeliness, knowledge and positivity after our setbacks with another company, you both turned the building process around for us and started our wonderful journey to building our beautiful new home. We enjoyed each meeting with you both, and were really impressed with the information presented to us. You are both wonderful and we appreciate all the time and support you gave us.
Kate & Paul, you both worked tirelessly to ensure our home was built to the best standard and that everything happened on time. We have heard horror building stories and were so glad to find we have had no issues whatsoever. We looked forward to receiving the weekly updates, it was awesome to see the progress of our home. We appreciate that you both took time out of your days to explain processes and nothing was ever a hassle! Thank you answering our calls at crazy times, and providing us with support throughout the build. We know without you we wouldn’t have our beautiful home, so thank you!
Sue, Bubs, Sara and the rest of the Jennian team, you have all made this process so easy. You were able to answer all of our questions and provide explanation on the simplest things us newbies didn’t know. We are so grateful for the kindness and support you provided us with and feel that you made our build seamless. We thought that building was meant to be stressful, but can honestly say that you have all made this process so stress-free! We found the new build seminar really helpful, and think that Studio J is a great tool. It was awesome to have the physical products in front of us and helped us to imagine our completed home. We also really enjoyed our colour consult with Paula and the kitchen consult with Abby.
Building with Jennian was the best decision we could have made, right from the start we were impressed and this continued throughout the whole build process. We appreciate all the hard work that was put in to making our house a home and look forward to building again next time, although we will be here for a while yet to enjoy the summers and utilize the great sliding doors! We love our new home and really appreciate the effort that everyone had gone to ensure it was the best possible experience for Matt and I. Please pass our thanks on to the tradies, we met both Tim and Dave onsite and were grateful for their kindness and support also.
Thank you all once again and we look forward to working together again in the future.
Matt & Grace
The decision to go ahead and build our new house outside Cheviot was made easy for us after our meeting with Lynda from Jennian Homes in Christchurch.
Their professional team attended to everything from plans to the hand-over of the completed project… on time, as promised, which was what impressed us the most. Not to mention Paul’s attention to every detail during construction and exceptional communication throughout the project. A huge thank-you to the Team behind the scenes, for all their hard work and support too! We love our new home, and thank the Team at Jennian for their part in helping to make our building experience so effortless and memorable! Thanks again for all you have done for us!