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Hawke’s Bay Homes has ‘ready to go’ homes for locals

The region’s longest established offsite housing builder Hawke’s Bay Homes has pre-approved building consent designs and plans ‘ready-to-go’ as the region recovers from Cyclone Gabrielle.

Hawke’s Bay Homes based on the outskirts of Hastings has the capability to build 12 houses at a time, using a tried and tested prefabrication build process that was first established by the company in 2004 under its former Cottages NZ brand.

Hawke’s Bay Homes managing director Mark Roil says the business, first started by his parents John and Rose Roil as Cottages NZ, is best placed to help those that have been impacted by the devastating storm.

Hawke’s Bay Homes has 12 designs in its standard range, which range from 1 bedroom to 3 or more bedrooms sized from 50m2 to over 130m2. “There’s been a lot of enquiry from those that have had their homes damaged – either looking for a temporary housing solution or a new permanent home.”

“The rural areas of Hawke’s Bay have been the most significantly hit and for nearly 20 years we have been a large supplier of offsite-built housing, so we are well recognised as a trusted builder of quality homes. “As a local provider, we have built and delivered hundreds of homes across the region, navigating some difficult terrain to get houses on to some remote properties. It’s local experience that makes the difference.”

The Roil’s have long standing relationships with many other local suppliers and sub-contracting businesses like Greg Harman Joinery, Advanced Plumbing, Roofing Direct, Atlas Plasterers, Venta, Hutchinson’s Flooring, Brittins and Freeman Decorators, just to name a few. “We are really proud that we have made long standing relationships with other local businesses and collectively our teams take great pride in that we are building and decorating new homes for locals, many of whom we know and some of which are return customers.

Hawke’s Bay Homes has a new 100m2 show home – a three bedroom, two bathroom monopitch fully furnished design which can be viewed at their premises at 1139 Maraekakaho Road.

Due to the impact of the cyclone Hawke’s Bay Homes reacted quickly and designed some small ‘ready-to-go’ 50m2 temporary houses that can be easily moved onto properties that have been impacted, while a larger home is getting built.

“There’s already been strong interest in our Gwavas 50m2 which has 2 bedrooms, a kitchenette and separate bathroom. For many people, they don’t want to leave their properties, while they decide on their permanent solution. “They can have one or more of the 50m2 builds which easily connected to the existing services such as water and power and once the main dwelling has been repaired or a new home is built the small dwellings can be converted into a permanent rental or as an onsite holiday accommodation income generator.”

Hawke’s Bay Homes presently has four ‘shell-only’ houses sized 50-103m2, which are consented and could be delivered and lived in with quickly. Mark says some customers wanting
a larger home can easily add-on or connect additional buildings or create a more bespoke design based from the tried and tested prefabrication build process.

An alternative option for our clients would be to choose one of our larger models as their new home. Our standard designs are a faster way of getting into a new home but some customers do want a more bespoke solution and we can work with them to either modify a standard design or look at other designs. “Our designs have been refined over recent years and all our clients have input and add their own personalised touches such as colour of external and internal walls as well as fixtures and fittings,’’ Mark said.