Grant and Kelly Irving know a thing or two about building high-end architectural houses. Their company, GI Builders Ltd has been doing it for more than ten years. Director, Grant has been building in Christchurch all of his adult life and brings that vast amount of experience to every project, whether renovation of a heritage villa, the complexity required in multi-unit builds, or the design and build of a bespoke family home.
Grant and his team of licensed building practitioners and apprentices have a deep pool of experience and a broad network of quality contractors and suppliers. With Co-Director Kelly on admin and Quantity Surveyor, Mark Shaw, they all pride themselves on being a team small enough to care, but also big enough to deliver.
It makes sense, then, that when Grant and Kelly decided to build their new home, they contracted the best to do it – their own team! The benefits of building new are well established. There is no feeling quite like moving into a brand new, clean, modern house. There are far fewer maintenance costs in the first several years or longer and, if you decide to sell it, newer, well-built homes are generally more attractive to prospective buyers.
The number one reason many people choose to build however, is that being involved in the design process, you get exactly what you want. From the number and orientation of rooms to the style of tapware and light switches, you can completely customise your new home to suit your circumstances and lifestyle.
Grant will work with you in the design phase, ensuring personalised service that accommodates your budget and expectations. From the big decisions to the small details, your project is managed expertly in a timely and efficient manner. “For me,” Kelly says, “with having kids I really thought about high traffic wall areas and using products that were going to be durable, so that’s why we did the concrete wall up the stairwell. “And we’ve done ply in the kids’ playroom.”
The concrete/ply theme features throughout the ground floor. Practical, durable and attractive, building new gave Kelly and Grant the opportunity to consider these things and more to suit their family long term. “People are thinking more about the long term,” Mark Shaw says. Any initial extra costs of, for example, increased insulation, factored into things such as wider framing, and the use of solar energies are more than offset with reduced power consumption and use of resources, which is good for the environment, too.
Features such as underfloor ducted heating can be installed easily when building new. As with all GI Builders’ projects, Grant and Kelly’s house has been completed on time and on budget. Building new gave them the chance to customise their living environment to suit their family’s needs, such as an office space that easily converts to a guest bedroom.
Grant and the team take pride in delivering superior craftsmanship on every project. See more at www.gibuilders.co.nz.