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Hear what our customers are saying about us:

"Tricky section sorted with great design

"I had never had a new house built before and had been told it was very stressful! The team at Kiwi Designed Homes made it as stress-free as possible.
It was a tricky section but they came up with a great design which sits perfectly on the land and optimizes views, lights and sunshine. Any problems were dealt with efficiently and carefully and communication was professional and always helpful. I am highly delighted with my new Kiwi Home in Raglan.""

 
Elaine - Raglan
 
"KIWI DESIGNER HOMES GET AN A+ FROM US!!!

We definitely recommend Kiwi Designer Homes to others considering building a house. "We had Kiwi Designer Homes build a house on a rural property in Cambridge. They built us a beautiful 3-bedroom home on-time and without stress.

Kiwi Designer Homes communicated well throughout the process and were always quick to attend to our questions and any concerns.
The builders / subbies onsite were personable, tidy and the quality of their work was top-notch! Any small issues that have arisen during or after the build have been dealt with very promptly showing that KDH absolutely stand behind their product!""

 
The Kirks - Cambridge
 
"We chose Kiwi Designer Homes to build our new home in Raglan. Throughout the process from our first meeting with Blair and Irene, to receiving the keys to our new home a month ago (end of June 2017) the experience has been awesome!
Blair and his team designed a concept plan based on our requirements and, most importantly, within our budget.
The specifications for the new home were absolutely transparent with no hidden costs, unlike some of the horror stories we have heard from people who chose a different building company.

Blair, Irene and the KDH team were very friendly and easy to deal with. All queries were dealt with promptly and efficiently. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and they helped us through what for us was a stressful time; so much so that it was really like dealing with “family”.
They kept us fully informed on progress and consulted us whenever necessary.
Project management of the build was very professionally and efficiently carried out and the coordination of the numerous sub-contractors at the various stages went like clock-work despite the unpredictable weather. Initial excavation costs came in under budget, thanks largely to the entrepreneurial skills by Leigh, the digger operator, and these savings were passed on to us.
The quality of the materials, fittings and appliances used in the build far exceeded our expectations, given our budget.
Our meeting with Kat of Mastercraft Kitchens was a delightful experience and she designed a superb ultra modern kitchen layout tailor made to our specs and the plans supplied by KDH. Later adjustments to the kitchen design made at our request were taken care of professionally and without fuss. Throughout the build we made regular visits to the site and met most of the sub contractors. Without exception we found them all friendly, helpful and easy to deal with and they answered any queries we had in a relaxed professional manner, reinforcing the “family” atmosphere when dealing with KDH.
We are now thoroughly enjoying our new home and a few very minor post-build hiccups have been dealt with promptly by Blair and Irene.

If you want the best at an affordable price, with no hidden costs, we have no hesitation in recommending Kiwi Designer Homes to anyone considering a new build."

 
Hazel and Mike Tebbutt, Raglan.
 
"Thanks Irene, can I just say a big thank you for all your help and in making the build as easy and organised as it has been. The whole thing has been a lot of fun and a great project for us. I'll actually miss it all, but there will be enough to go on with onsite now, to keep us busy well into the future."
 
Budge - Motouapa
 
"We built with Kiwi Homes in 2016, and we are really happy that we did.
We looked around at a few building companies and kept coming back to Kiwi as we found Blair and Irene easy to relate with, professional, friendly, knowledgeable and flexible.
Blair helped us explore what was possible within our budget, and was open to a variety of design ideas. The Kiwi Homes Team have a lot of experience behind them and have a good idea of what can be done.
Their standard fittings are modern and stylish, whilst offering plenty of upgrade or alternative styling options as well.
The build was straight forward and organised. Every step was planned and scheduled in a logical order. We did not experience any drawn out delays, any issues were addressed quickly, professionally, and the build progressed as expected.
We really enjoyed working with Kiwi Homes and would happily do so again."

 
Ed and Marion Wright
 
"Initially I had been dealing for some months with another building company but continued unexplained cost increases made it prudent for me to look at alternate options. I contacted 4-5 companies and Blair was the first to respond in a proactive way and did a great job coming up with a plan that has given me a quality home at an affordable price!

Every aspect was friendly, professional and all of the Kiwi Homes personnel were well versed and knowledgeable in their respective roles. Variations were well documented (no surprises) and progress information was conveyed in a timely manner. I am extremely pleased to have made the decision to contract with KDH and have no hesitation in recommending them without reservation to anyone considering a build. A friendly, professional company that genuinely has your expectations as their primary focus."

 
George Jennings - Te Kowhai
 
"Kiwi Designer Homes was one of seven different companies that we approached to build our new staff house in the Hamilton area. All three well known brand-names and all keen to do business with us.

We picked KDH because we felt their package promised best value for price. Their pricing system was very transparent and we were able to see exactly what we got for the price. We were also very attracted to the fact they project manage and were a local company.

We found communication with KDH very thorough, always timely and was great from Irene in the office, to management through to subcontractors on the job. The interview process prior to contract signing was comprehensive, timelines were very clear and we were very aware of what the contract covered and the people we would be dealing with.

In our situation we had a timeframe that needed to be met, it was promised to us, and it was delivered. We are confident and are the proud owners of a dwelling that staff would be proud to live in for a long time.

We would have no hesitation in using KDH in the future and would definitely recommend them to anyone wishing to build a quality home.

Thanks guys!!!"

 
Jim & Sue van der Poel - Hamilton
 
""We had Kiwi Designer Homes build us a 92 sq metre home for our farm. It has three bedrooms with wardrobes in all three. Living, dining and kitchen in one plus a porch added to the back door for the farm.

Blair (KDH Director) did a great job with the planning and the Council consents. This was backed by excellent office and administration through to the trades’ people who worked on the house. It is a credit to their work the way the house had turned out, just fantastic!

This is the second home KDH have built for us and we recommend them to anyone building a home. For price and quality of the fittings they put into their houses.

Thanks very much Kiwi Designer Homes.""

 
Graeme & Jenny Gunson - Ngahinapouri
 
""In our dealings with Kiwi Designer Homes we found them easy to deal with throughout the build of our investment property. In the planning stages they worked with us to identify our needs and insured the end product would cover all of our requirements. They produced a realistic timetable for the project and proved to be flexible enough to add our personal touches and their concern to staying on budget was refreshing. The quality of the build was to a high standard. Attention to detail and workmanship is a credit to the team! I would not hesitate to recommend Kiwi Designer Homes as they are competent, honest and demonstrate a high level of integrity.""
 
Pat and Terry Smith - Hamilton
 
"I came to Kiwi Homes in November looking for a home to be built in the country. The show home didn’t work on the site I had chosen, so I completely redesigned it keeping within the 70sq metre necessary for a second dwelling on an existing property.

KDH personnel were totally accommodating to my requirements. Nothing was too much trouble. Once the house designed passed permission from Waipa Council the home was built in a very short time. They began work very early February and I was given a completion date of April 2nd. In fact the house was finished and handed over before this date on the 30th March, which included an extra week for outside paths etc. All the tradesmen seemed to me to work at a very high standard and they were all polite and friendly throughout. I was living onsite while the house was being built and therefore I was able to watch the developments as they unfolded.

Everything I was promised in the specifications appeared to come to pass practically before my eyes. They were always willing to offer me alternative suggestions to help keep the price down.

I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone else wishing to build a property, especially in the country."

 
Beth Sampson - Ohaupo
 
""We would have no hesitation in recommending Kiwi Designer Homes. We have enjoyed our relationship with with the team, who were very attentive and considerate of our requests for a specific style of home. At all times we found them to be very professional and attentive to our needs. They were also very approachable and willing to listen to our needs throughout the build. They are a great team who work hard. We are very pleased with the result and our friends love the home just as much as we do! Thanks Kiwi.""
 
Clive and Cathryn Houston - Raglan
 
""Kiwi Designer Homes were great to work with. We have ended up with a high spec designer home without the designer price tag. Blair was excellent at listening to our ideas and giving advice, always looking for a way to achieve the result we were after in the most cost effective way –a relaxed friendly approach to what can be a very stressful venture. I approached several building companies and Kiwi Designer Homes were the only company to really listen to what we wanted, assured us it could be done, and then delivered a high level of workmanship and quality of finish.
We love our new house, and fully recommend Kiwi Designer Homes!""

 
Simon Finlay - Hamilton
 
"It is with absolute joy that I provide a written testimonial for Kiwi Designer Homes.

The process of building with Kiwi Homes was delightful and insightful. This was my first home build and will not be my last. The initial design and concept was completed in a very short timeframe of 2 weeks due to my time restraints living in Perth WA. Blair and the team worked closely with myself to maximise the floor usage and design concept I sought. The patience and dedication of the team during this period was much appreciated. Even from afar I was kept up to date on the consent progress by Irene and Blair which meant I returned for the build period which was achieved within the 12 week time frame despite the winter conditions. The builders and contractors worked closely with myself and the landscapers to achieve the final completion December deadline.

I can’t speak highly enough of the combined Kiwi Designer homes team. Although the house is now 18 months new when the need has arisen the team have continued to provide the required assistance. I look forward to our build in Seabreeze Way and wish the Kiwi Designer Home Team all the best.

I am more than happy to be available to potential clients of Kiwi Designer Homes should they wish a verbal reference. I can be contacted on 001161 416259679 or via email [email protected]"

 
Teresa Graham - West Perth
 
"We are so pleased with our new home, it felt as if it were our home right from day one and we are absolutely thrilled with the way our family is living.

The time taken from planning permission to moving in was around four months.

Both Aidy and myself have been so impressed by the building team and their workmanship. They were always friendly and helpful and this made us both feel comfortable knowing the home was built to such a high standard.

The design process was also friendly and easy. Blair was happy to design to our specification, and to give advice if we needed. There was never a time we popped in unannounced when Blair or Irene did not have time to see us. We always felt valued and welcome.

Irene kept us up to date with stage payments, any extras, and even split the invoices to separate for us and my mother. She sent us along to choose our kitchens, and individualise our project. Irene was invaluable to calm the nerves, and always on hand for a friendly chat.

Kiwi Homes were so patient, even when valuations and finances meant hiccups; they never stopped working on the site, and never laid the blame our way. In contrast, Blair and Irene were quick to communicate with whom ever they needed in order to solve the problems painlessly (for us!).

The décor, and kitchen are beyond our dreams, and the whole house is geared up to our way of life. The children are so happy to have their own rooms, and love the play room. The annexe means that grandma has her own space, and again, Kiwi Homes allowed her to choose her own fittings and fixtures, with minimal fuss.

What impressed us most was the quality of the show houses, and Blair readily showed us the part built homes on their site. The quality was exceptional. Kiwi Homes knew that our budget was tight, and allowed us to do substantial parts of the build ourselves, or via our own contractors. They were always on hand to help out whenever we wanted.

Not that we’re planning to…for at least ten or fifteen years…but we would build with Kiwi again! We can whole heartedly (and do), recommend Kiwi Homes.

Thanks to Kiwi Homes, we now have a home for our family to grow, we know there are plenty of memories to come…

Thank you for all your professionalism, friendliness, and expertise, you did your best to take the stress away and make the building process a joy!"

 
Debbie & Aidy Ratcliffe - Ngaruawahia
 
"These experts have produced a high quality home for me and I would not hesitate to ask them to accommodate my building needs again.
Well done Ross, Blair, Drew and the team."

 
Carol - Hamilton
 
"This being the first home we have built we were rather apprehensive, but with Kiwi Homes being a family orientated business we soon had our fears allayed.
We had particular requests, with which Kiwi Homes were very obliging and accommodated readily.
No major problems arose during construction and the minor ones were immediately rectified.
All staff from the office to the tradesmen were a pleasure to deal with resulting in our house being built on time, and under budget.
We were impressed with Kiwi Designers commitment & contribution to the conservation efforts to save our native icon, the Kiwi.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Kiwi Homes to anyone looking to build a new home."

 
Hoyle Family - Hamilton
 
"I’d just like to say thank you to the Ridley’s and Irene for making a stressful time as stress-free and smooth as they possibly could.
I was informed by my painter that the quality of the workmanship is much better than much more
expensive buildings he’s worked on. I certainly intend to build my next home with Kiwi Designer Homes.
The team at KIWI were friendly, pleasant to work with and very understanding."

 
Dr. David Smith - Hamilton
 
"Our home was built on the ‘lifetime design’ principle, which means we plan to be here for a long time. That said our choice of builder had to be very carefully considered. After meeting with most of the builders in town, only a few stood out from the rest. We chose Kiwi Homes for their long-standing history of building quality homes. The exceptionally high standard of workmanship is evident everywhere you look in our home, and we are delighted with the results; not to mention the admiring comments from every visitor we have. Thank you Kiwi Homes, you made our dreams come true."
 
Rex & Kerry Hunter - Hamilton
 
"As first home buyers as well as first time builders, the process seemed pretty scary and overwhelming at first. The team at Kiwi made the process smooth from the initial design choice through to the finished product and beyond. As well as a quality built house with an affordable price tag, we were able to add our own personal touches throughout - a great result we are very happy with"
 
Sam & Richard Kudweh - Pirongia
 
"Kiwi Designer Homes were a great team to work with. We have ended up with a high spec designer home without the designer price tag. Blair Ridley was excellent at listening to our ideas and giving advice, always looking for a way to achieve the result we were after in the most cost effective way. A relaxed friendly approach to what can be a very stressful venture. I approached several building companies and Kiwi Designer Homes were the only company to really listen to what we wanted, assured us it could be done, and then delivered. Other builders have since commented on the high level of workmanship and quality of finish delivered by Ryan the builder, who was always friendly and very helpful. We love our new house, and fully recommend Kiwi Designer Homes!"
 
Simon Finlay-Hamilton
 
"We just want to say a very big thank you to the Kiwi Team. We've really appreciated how easy and great it has been to work with you all as you guys just go above and beyond and it's made the whole experience that much more fantastic :)"
 
Joel & Karyn - Raglan
 
 
 
 
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