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Third new home build yields great result for Faringdon couple

Third new home build yields great result for Faringdon couple

Gordon and Janet Meadows have undertaken three new home builds during their marriage of more than 50 years. One involved a building contractor, Gordon built the second house himself, and their latest was carried out by Generation Homes Christchurch. After carefully looking at the housing market around Rolleston and Lincoln, nothing caught their eye, and they graduated to the showhome circuit.

After a lot of deliberation Gordon and Janet chose to take some of the best parts of three of the many architecturally designed plans Generation Homes offer. Their house is typified by a large footprint on a large section, incorporating a four-bay garage, with a built-in storage loft, customised bathrooms and showers, a large pantry and computer nook.

Unbeknown to the couple at the time, their newest home would end up only a stone’s throw from the lifestyle block they had lived on for many years.

Quote from Gordon and Janet Meadows
The deal ‘closer’ for us was the guaranteed delivery date. We’d sold our last place and needed certainty that we’d be able to move out of our previous home straight into our new one. In the end it was completed dead on due date, which was great.

Gordon and Janet Meadows

GH There are a lot of showhomes on the subdivisions around Rolleston. What drew you to partnering with Generation Homes Christchurch?
GORDON

Most of the showhomes are really nice, but we ended up making serious enquiries with Generation because we both thought their showhome looked a lot better than the rest.

We owned and lived on a block nearby for a long time, and even though our kids wanted us to move to Halswell to be closer to them, we wanted to stay in the area. It’s really nice and a lot of our friends are here, plus I like my deer and pig hunting, and I know all the prime spots around here.  

As it ended up, our new home is about half a kilometre from where we were previously, and we were able to move everything through the paddocks when we moved in, which was in late March. 

GH

How did the personalised approach of Generation Homes go for you?

JANET

Everything went really smoothly. There was a lot to fit in – we went for a big footprint on a large section, so everything’s been done on a pretty large scale.

We’re well into our retirement age and are still very mobile. I hope that’s always the case, but we’ve added wheelchair accessible bathrooms and toilets, just in case we ever find ourselves needing them. Gordon wanted a diesel heater and that was able to be worked into the plan.

We’ve also got a very large family, so we had to make sure there was plenty of room to accommodate them, and enough space left over for big family gatherings.

GH

How were Generation Homes Christchurch staff to deal with?

GORDON Generation Homes Christchurch sales consultant Lindy Hayes-Thompson was absolutely great all throughout the process. A new building supervisor came on about halfway through the process and in my experience this can go one of two ways –really badly or pretty well. I have to say that in this case the result was outstanding and the new man moved things on at a cracking pace.

 

GH

How would you sum up the whole process of building with Generation Homes?

GORDON

DEAD ON TIME, which was obviously a big thing for us, dead on budget, which is a big thing as well, and easy – when you get to our age you want the process to be smooth and easy which it was.

JANET

Little touches like getting the welcome pack when we arrived and having the mailbox and clothes line included as part of the build were really nice.

GH

What features and design elements of the home do you like the most?

JANET

I love the large pantry. I’m the chief cook and having the large pantry is really great when you’re cooking for large family gatherings, which we have a lot of. Gordon also loves his diesel heater, and we both love the storage space we’ve got in the garages. We also got a loft put in above one of the garages, so we’ll always have room for all our gear.

GH

What advice would you give to anyone building a new home?

GORDON

Get around a table right at the beginning of the project and get everything down in writing before you start – the more you can streamline the process the easier it’ll be. Everything on this new build went smoothly, which is what you want. Do your homework and make sure you’re working with a company that knows what they’re doing.

Generation Homes Christchurch proved they can tick all these boxes, so I have no reservation about recommending them to anyone.