Aaron Cruden 14 Week Build

The Aaron and Grace Cruden built an investment property with Generation Homes in 2015. The property is located in the high growth suburb of The Lakes and combines contemporary, modern styling with clever design features to maximise the sun and views.

We caught up with Aaron and Grace each week to document their home building journey and share their design ideas which included an open plan layout with indoor-outdoor flow, dual living areas, a covered alfresco patio area, natural stone pillars and rock retainer wall.

Your home footprint

Week 1

Your home footprint

When deciding which home building company should construct their first home, for Aaron and Grace there was only one choice – Generation Homes. Aaron says Generation Homes has been a major sponsor of the Chiefs for the past two years, making the company a natural fit to build their new...

Framing begins

Week 2

Framing begins

Aaron and Grace Cruden are now into the second week of building their first home. Last week they watched the concrete foundation being poured and this week they are happy to see the framing erected. For most people building a home, this is an exciting period as it is the first time the...

Your home takes shape

Week 3

Your home takes shape

It’s now week three of the build for Aaron and Grace Cruden. This week the structural framework is completed and the building wrap applied. The installation of the building wrap is a very important part of the overall build. Building wrap refers to synthetic sheeting that is wrapped...

Roof and Windows

Week 4

Roof and Windows

The house that Grace and Aaron Cruden are building is starting to take shape. This week the roof tiles, soffits (the finished surface below the fascia and rafters) spouting and windows are installed, giving the home a permanent structure. “Having natural light in as many rooms as...

Cladding

Week 5

Cladding

At week five, one third of the house build is now completed. Before choosing to build with Generation Homes Aaron and Grace visited many show homes. “We liked the crisp look of the Generation Homes show homes. They had big living areas, indoor and outdoor flow and the level of...

Cosy Insulation

Week 6

Cosy Insulation

One of the most important parts of the house happens this week – insulation is installed. While not as glamourous as wallpaper or vibrant paint colours, insulation is like the engine in a car – you may not see it working but it performs a vital role, in this case reducing the...

Sealed from the elements

Week 7

Sealed from the elements

Aaron and Grace have reached the halfway point of their home build and are excitedly watching on as the interior lining and interior plastering is completed. This is a major step forward in the design process as it allows you to clearly visualise your true living environment. The garage...

The heart of the home

Week 8

The heart of the home

Aaron and Grace’s home build is steam rolling ahead with the installation of the kitchen now underway. The main entrance opens to a bright and airy, open-plan kitchen design. The goal was to create a highly social atmosphere where all members of the family can entertain guests with...

Timber and doors

Week 9

Timber and doors

With only five weeks to go, Aaron and Grace are itching to get the keys to the first home they designed and built together. The past nine weeks have been a whirlwind of activity but that hasn’t stopped the flow of creative ideas. “We are really intrigued by the idea of...

Taking colour

Week 10

Taking colour

For homeowners this week is one of the most exciting and rewarding because it is the first time the results of their personal creativity come to life after choosing the wall colours. Over the course of the week, painters will apply three coats and Aaron and Grace will really start to sense...

Electrics and bathrooms

Week 11

Electrics and bathrooms

Classic and timeless were two words which sprung to Aaron and Grace Cruden’s mind when describing their bathrooms. The four bedroom home has a stunning main bathroom and a beautiful ensuite off the main bedroom. The ensuite includes special features including a tiled shower and double...

Plumbing and tiling

Week 12

Plumbing and tiling

With only three weeks to go before Generation Homes hands over the keys, Aaron and Grace Cruden are keen to get their home finished. The four bedroom, two bathroom 219.7 square metre home is located on a 542 square metre section in Tauranga. It has a number of distinguishing features...

Finishing touches

Week 13

Finishing touches

Week 13 is when your house transforms into a home. The installation of the carpets, shelving, blinds and door hardware are completed to make way for the cleaners who will prepare your home for its final inspection. Aaron and Grace Cruden selected a dark grey carpet that feels great...

Ready to move in

Week 14

Ready to move in

This week concludes Aaron and Grace Cruden’s epic 14-week journey to build their first home with Generation Homes. Aaron, who has been a Generation Homes ambassador since April 2015, says the build has been an unforgettable experience. “Grace and I were really impressed...