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Rebuilding in Brookhaven

Rebuilding in Brookhaven

Ateliana and Paul O’Donnell’s eight year old home was severely damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes which eventually led to an insurance cash settlement.

As they loved living in Brookhaven, they decided to rebuild on their land.

Quote from Paul O'Donnell
“We wanted a design that better suited our needs, a well-built house that was sunny and spacious and a company we could work with.”

Paul O'Donnell

Paul researched local building companies, looked through new houses under construction and talked with tradespeople. During one such conversation, a young builder recommended Generation Homes and this led to a meeting with sales consultant, Lindy Hayes-Thompson.

“Lindy was great. Whatever barrier we put up, she knocked down so we felt she would help bring our dreams to fruition,” enthuses Paul who confirms that this was the case.

“I like the way she treats you,” adds Ateliana. “She listens and understood what we wanted to do with the house. No matter what issue a solution was found.”

Using one of Generation Homes’ standard four bedroom plans as a starting point, Lindy, Paul and Ateliana re-shaped the 185 square metres to fit their needs.

Ateliana wanted a warm home with room to entertain family and friends so plenty of kitchen bench space. Paul wanted a sunny master bedroom at the back of the house. Their son wanted his own space which led to two bedrooms becoming a combined bedroom/sitting room.

“Our new home is a better design than our last and it’s warmer with more efficient utilisation of space inside and out,” says Paul.

“It feels right for us. We love it’s sunny, light and breezy feel,” confirms Ateliana who really appreciated the kitchen designer working with her to get a practical open plan work space.”

Generation Homes also ensured that the O’Donnells were in their new home within six months – the duration of their rental accommodation lease, even though there was a delay when the Christchurch City Council required their land be re-surveyed as well as the Christmas/New Year holidays falling in that timeframe.

“The home is finished to a high quality, mostly Generation Homes’ standard specifications. Their follow-up too was quick and efficient including helping us with little things like sorting out how to work the heat pump,” explains Paul who along with Ateliana has nothing but praise for Generation Homes.

“The building process was smooth and it was a great experience. We simply cannot fault their service,” says Paul.

“We felt that we were really looked after,” adds Ateliana.