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Behind the office door: D J Hewitt Builders


Daryl Hewitt, owner of D J Hewitt Builders, has personally seen to it that building a house with his company is an all-inclusive experience.

 

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TARA, DARYL & PORSCHA THE DOG

 

Daryl’s handpicked team are there for clients for every step, “from site selection to moving in with your toothbrush,” Daryl says. “We understand creating homes is about needs and wishes, and we are all about solutions rather than problems.” Backing the top team on site is the cracker team in the office. Craig is Project Manager, while Noel, a qualified technical builder, is the pricing expert and Daryl’s wingman for 19 years. Janet manages all accounts and with four years at D J Hewitt, is able to anticipate requests before they are made. She also makes sure the subtrades and bills get paid on time.

Janelle makes everything happen: passing information, timelines and weekly site photos between the office, building team, trades and clients. The office team is rounded out by Tara, Daryl’s wife, and interior design and fitout guru. Tara assists clients to choose tiles, appliances, plumbing and other fittings and the interior and exterior colour scheme, ensuring all fit within the budget.

 

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NOEL

Daryl says there is a happy environment in the office. It’s a genuine team effort that centres around communication, openness and transparency. The company as a whole like a family and staff turnover is rare: builder Kevin has been on site for Daryl for 23 years. The whole team is very loyal and passionate about work and they get together outside of work too, with the likes of the D J Hewitt basketball team and golf days.

Working with clients right from the beginning, the D J Hewitt team help with site selection and choosing a designer, or will work with the designer you have already chosen. Every part of the process is managed, complete with pricing and monitoring your budget. “Striving to work to budget can be the most stressful part of a build, but I ensure the build fits the budget and the wishlist,” Daryl says.

 

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CLIENT, DARYL & PORSCHA THE DOG

“In fact, they call me the budget police,” he adds. “I keep the design on track but will build it to the client’s budget. It’s not about cutting corners; it’s about adding value, doing things in a clever way. A single line on paper can be the difference between $60k or $100k.”

Daryl, Noel and Tara meet with clients and designers often. Behind the scenes they meet the engineer, geotech engineers, and surveyors to ensure those elements stay on budget. Janet ensures all quoting and invoicing is explanatory and transparent, and she also provides forecasting of the expenses ahead.

 

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JANET

 

The loyal team of subtrades have worked with Daryl for 20 plus years and work closely with Noel and Daryl to ensure the best value, and the right product, priced correctly. “It’s not a job; we’re passionate about creating homes and delivering dreams – whether it’s a deck or a multi-million dollar hill build.”

 

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JANELLE

 



 

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Behind the construction scenes: DJ Hewitt


“We are happy to hold their hand every step of the way,” says Daryl Hewitt. The whole package can be provided from working with engineers, designers, and the council, through to interior design – Tara Hewitt’s professional expertise.

 

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After nearly a quarter of a century building residential homes, the Christchurch-based company is synonymous not only with exceptional quality on every single project, but for making the build stress free and enjoyable. “Strong, tough, reliable and good looking – and that’s just the builders!” says Daryl, the hands-on director who combines a sense of humour and passion for the job, with a perfectionist’s work ethic. Transparent honesty is both Daryl’s weakness and his strength – which also takes stress out of the equation, as does the fact that he helps you make the decisions. “You get what to you pay for,” he says. Described as “a human calculator” Daryl makes the right decisions to ensure every job stays to budget. He will work through the advantages and cost-effective and future-proofed outcomes for each scenario, for the client’s benefit in the long run.

 

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“Most people say they’ll never build again before they start – but we’ve had people say this, only to build three more homes with us!”
The company’s forte is architectural builds, including bespoke smaller homes – which have gained popularity with couples and singles – and also extensions and renovations. The team of 20 works anywhere within 40 minutes of Christchurch. They can help choose a site, or assess the best way to utilise an existing section. Smart homes, energy efficient and stronger, safer, affordable builds is the specialty.
“We build to suit the client’s needs, and their wish list. I’ve always been very fussy, so our clients get the same quality of workmanship and service, whatever their budget. Each package is tailor-made to suit.”

 

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“One client went away for three months, assured a better job would be done without his presence!” The proficient office team ensures regular updates on every project, no matter where in the world the client is based. DJ Hewitt is about relationship building. “We get many comments from neighbours, on our work ethics, how tidy we leave the site, and how courteous our guys and subcontractors are,” he says. “Kevin, our builder, has been with us 23 years and Noel 19 years, and we’ve trained many an apprentice. Some of our subcontractors have been with us over two decades. Loyalty goes a long way. They know exactly what I expect with each job.”

Trust is key. “I want the clients to be happy, no matter what – that’s my goal.” DJ Hewitt’s in-house magazine, Home 2, has 140-pages of inspiration.

 


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www.djhewitt.co.nz, follow on Facebook, or phone 03 3847470.