Company backed by ex­pe­ri­ence

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Kevin Nor­ris has come a long way from be­ing an ap­pren­tice builder.

Kevin and his wife Chris have owned the Stonewood Homes fran­chise for the Mata­mata Pi­ako area for the past eight years.

But the pair have been in the build­ing in­dus­try for a few more years than that.

Kevin has been a lo­cal builder since leav­ing school.

He be­gan an ap­pren­tice­ship, then his own build­ing company 17 years ago.

Nearly a decade ago he had the op­por­tu­nity to be­come one of the very first Stonewood fran­chisees. There are now 21 na­tion­wide.

Stonewood Homes of­fers a huge range of stan­dard build­ing plans that can be ma­nip­u­lated to client’s per­sonal needs.

‘‘We also have a per­cent­age of homes we build de­signed through our Tau­ranga ar­chi­tect and we have peo­ple who bring us their own plans for pric­ing,’’ Chris said.

‘‘We have great buy­ing power as we, as a na­tion­wide company, build ap­prox­i­mately 700 homes a year and with this comes mas­sive buy­ing power that we pass on to our clients with com­pet­i­tive pric­ing and a Stonewood-spe­cific na­tion­wide two-year war­ranty, along with our Mas­ter­builders 10-year guar­an­tee.’’

The lo­cal build­ing company em­ploys 12 of­fice staff.

Chris does all the in­te­rior de­sign and colour work for their clients and for the new show homes for Waikato and Tau­ranga ar­eas.

She said this was a busy role with at least one show home be­ing built in ei­ther area at any one time.

Be­sides Mata­mata-Pi­ako the company also cov­ers South Waikato, Bay of Plenty, East­ern Bay of Plenty and Coro­man­del.

Chris said Stonewood Homes is the only New Zealand company which of­fers its own two-year war­ranty on a new home.

‘‘We love bring­ing the plans on pa­per to re­al­ity for our clients; our re­peat business and re­fer­rals is tes­ta­ment to not only to our team at Stonewood Homes but also our sub-con­trac­tors, whether it’s our builders, brick­lay­ers, plumbers, elec­tri­cians or dec­o­ra­tors and the many other hands that touch a new home in con­struc­tion.’’

The Stonewood Homes sales team have had a suc­cess­ful year.

At the company’s sales prize­giv­ing the team claimed a num­ber of awards in­clud­ing North Is­land sales­man of the year, high­est num­ber of sales and high­est sales vol­ume or turnover.

The business was also named in the top four for high­est sin­gle sale and per­cent­age of mar­ket share.

Stonewood Homes has two new show homes open­ing next year in Tau­ranga.

One at The Lakes will re­place the very suc­cess­ful show home which has been open for two years. The other is at Golden Sands in Pa­pamoa.

Chris said Stonewood Homes’ point of dif­fer­ence was a rev­o­lu­tion­ary piece of tech­nol­ogy.

The Stonewood­con­nect sys­tem uses com­puter tech­nol­ogy to keep the home owner in touch with their home’s progress through the company’s web­site.

‘‘You get your own log-in and pass­word and re­ceive weekly up­dates, plus ac­tual pho­tos of your home in progress. You are al­ways in touch with your new home no mat­ter where in the world you are.’’ she said.

Photo: HE­LENA GRATKOWSKI

QUAL­ITY: Inside a lo­cal Stonewood home.

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