New de­sign stu­dio gives lift to Jen­nian Homes


Anew de­sign cen­tre where peo­ple can com­pare a huge range of the lat­est build­ing com­po­nents and ac­ces­sories has helped give Jen­nian Homes one of its strong­est sales months in years, as the long-es­tab­lished build­ing firm bucks res­i­den­tial trends with its own mini boom.

Stu­dio J, as the de­sign cen­tre is called, is part of Jen­nian Homes’ new Can­ter­bury head­quar­ters on Main South Rd, Sock­burn.

There, visi­tors can ex­plore a plethora of kitchen­ware and bath­room prod­ucts, floor­ing op­tions and ex­am­ples of ma­te­ri­als used in count­less suc­cess­ful builds.

The Can­ter­bury North fran­chise is now sail­ing past any talk of a down­turn in res­i­den­tial build­ing de­mand with what is likely its strong­est month to date, co-owner Dwayne Pren­der­gast says.

Also bol­ster­ing the busi­ness is an ex­cep­tion­ally strong rep­u­ta­tion – Jen­nian Homes marks its 35th an­niver­sary this year hav­ing never failed to com­plete a build – as well as ac­cess to what Dwayne con­sid­ers the re­gion’s top build­ing crew.

‘‘We’re run­ning a very good ship. Homes are be­ing fin­ished in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, so clien­tele are re­ally happy and they’re telling other peo­ple.

‘‘We’re also lucky to have an ex­cep­tion­ally good trade base,’’ Dwayne says.

A new showhome set to open this Labour Week­end in Rolle­ston will be fol­lowed by an­other in Ran­giora around Christ­mas. How­ever, peo­ple can also use the Sock­burn de­sign cen­tre much as they would a showhome, brows­ing the op­tions in a re­laxed and help­ful en­vi­ron­ment.

Van­i­ties, show­ers, tap­ware, bench­tops, drawer han­dles, car­pets, vinyl and many more fin­ish­ing touches fea­ture in the newly cre­ated stu­dio, from which peo­ple can mix and match items to their lik­ing.

Adapt­abil­ity is one of the cor­ner­stones of the Jen­nian Homes’ ap­proach and as such the com­pany is al­ways ready to work closely with clients on a be­spoke build, Dwayne says.

The more than 50 ex­ist­ing house plans on the Jen­nian Homes web­site should al­ways be con­sid­ered a start­ing point for fur­ther cus­tomi­sa­tion, he adds.

‘‘If peo­ple want to use par­tic­u­lar items or their own elec­tri­cian or plumber, we can do that. Flex­i­bil­ity is some­thing we re­ally strive for.’’

Key to the many suc­cess­ful builds by Jen­nian Homes in North Can­ter­bury is a hugely ex­pe­ri­enced man­age­ment team com­pris­ing staff who know what it’s like to be on the tools as well as in the of­fice.

Dwayne and his busi­ness part­ner, Paul Jenk­ins, have more than 50 years’ com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try.

For clients, this pro­vides cer­tainty, as it means in­for­ma­tion given rarely has to be re­vis­ited.

‘‘We make a lot of ef­fort to un­der­stand the client’s bud­get up front and to make every­thing an easy ride for them,’’ Dwayne says.

Back­ing their builds are a 36-month main­te­nance war­ranty – three times the in­dus­try stan­dard – and a 10-year Mas­ter Build Guar­an­tee, en­sur­ing clients are cov­ered for any even­tu­al­ity.

To find out more, phone Jen­nian Homes gen­eral man­ager Dwayne Pren­der­gast on 021 220 0591, visit their de­sign cen­tre at 212 Main South Rd, Sock­burn, or stop by their show­room at 31 Bayliss Dr, Ka­iapoi from 12pm to 3pm Wed­nes­day to Sun­day. Plans can be viewed at jen­

Jen­nian Homes’ new de­sign stu­dio in Sock­burn, Christchurch gives peo­ple the chance to ex­plore some of their most pop­u­lar build­ing ma­te­ri­als and prod­ucts.

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