It takes a tight-knit, experienced team to consistently bring home Registered Master Builder awards, year on year. It’s something that Home Trends Builders Ltd (HTB) repeatedly achieves.
The company recently garnered three gold medals and two silvers from its five entries. Home Trends Builders is accustomed to such success, despite the fact that the number of entries keeps increasing. After thirty years of industry experience, HTB Company Director Peter de Gouw says he’s able to maintain lofty standards because of his skillful, loyal staff teams. Every foreman and builder takes pride in their workmanship. Add to that certain rules, such as edgy yet practical architectural design, a variety of highly resolved finishes, plus blue-chip locations, and the recipe for quality is complete.
“Our homes definitely take cues from their sites, which is incredibly important at the concept-design stage,” Peter says.
And because landscaping is all part of the turn-key package, Home Trends Builders is able to fulfil the design element many are seeking; that wow-factor entertaining space. “We’re finding that many buyers want luxurious living environments. Demand’s there for quality exterior tiling, high-end claddings, designer wardrobes and bespoke bathrooms for every bedroom.”
With recent homes measuring between 220 and 280m2 in floor area, Home Trends Builders is currently working on an even larger river-frontage project, along with a stream of contract builds and re-builds. For every single project, the highest construction standards remain paramount.
The team at Home Trends Builders is keeping its sunglasses handy and polished as the future keeps getting brighter. Each project is something a little different, driven by co-owners Peter and Elaine DeGouw’s enthusiasm for bringing inspirational, great-looking homes relevant to the Christchurch market, to fruition.
Peter says the company focuses on building, “homes that will be iconic in the future”.
They have just completed one such project in Naseby Street, where the original historic mansion, defeated by the earthquakes, has been replaced by two absolutely remarkable modern homes.
The pair of houses are very different from the usual cookie-cutter architectural homes in Merivale. They incorporate natural materials including cedar, a lightweight designer stone panel board exclusive to New Zealand Brick and Stone, Onyx concrete blocks, with black monolithic louvre blades that transcend two storeys. The overall effect is stunning, people are talking, and one of the homes is waiting patiently for its lucky new owners.
Three Wai-iti Terrace sites host both single and two storey homes, some of which have sold before consent, illustrating Home Trends’ ability to anticipate the needs of the market. Five entries will grace the New Zealand Master Builders House of the Year 2018 competition, including the front house at Naseby Street, Totara and Tui Street homes, plus multi-units at Prestons – a local category that Home Trends won last year.
After 30 years, Peter knows what works and knows the special people that live here. You’ll still find him on site every day, monitoring the builds and making clients happy.