With Colleen Walters (Landmark Homes Auckland South & Franklin)

landmark-homes-qa-1bPrestigious building franchise, Landmark Homes Auckland South & Franklin recently came under the new ownership of Michael and Colleen Walters who have extensive experience in the home construction business including local developments. New home hunters will find them to be knowledgeable and committed to meticulous craftsmanship and service.

What is it about Landmark Homes which compelled you to buy the franchise?

Landmark Homes has always been renowned for quality homes with a strong sense of tradition. We decided the opportunity to buy such a respected company was too good to miss – being at the coalface of designing and building contemporary homes which, nevertheless, encompass both character and superior workmanship made sense to us.

What building or associated background experience do you bring to the company? What roles will you take on?

We have both been in the industry for quite some time in various roles including owning, at one time, our own plumbing and roofing company in Whangaparaoa.

Michael is a craftsman plumber by trade and through his  extensive knowledge of the roof sector, he also sits on the boards of RANZ (Roofing Association of New Zealand).

I will manage the company. I have worked for a leading group house builder for the past seven years so, taking on this role, makes sense. Those who know me also know she is more than capable of fulfilling the role and will be supported by an experienced team and subcontractors.

The nationwide catchphrase for Landmark Homes is, ‘Don’t just Build a Home, Build a Landmark!’ What does this mean to you?

Each home we build is unique just like its owners. Discerning home hunters usually want a house which is different from others. In order to provide them with a true ‘Landmark’ we see our role as bringing their vision and ideas to life while guiding their choices where needed.

We want to give every client the opportunity to have a home which reflects who they are and fits seamlessly with their lifestyle. To do this we are committed to building high spec, award-winning homes which exude quality while we also consult with and inform our clients from go to whoa.

How will you go about delivering on your build priorities?

We work with a team of architects, builders and subcontractors including colour consultants and interior designers to achieve homes which encourage everyday family living complemented by on-trend fixtures and fittings to suit taste and personal style.

In addition each client is assigned a project manager to work directly with them through the build to ensure any queries or issues are dealt with quickly, appropriately and entirely to the client’s satisfaction so that the whole build is stress-free and fun, too. Building a new home is exciting and we aim to maintain that excitement and delight throughout by using an experienced, sensitive and highly skilled team.

Your Landmark Homes franchise is now based at the Old Karaka Church in rural South Auckland. What made you choose this location and unique building as your office?

It is indeed a beautiful building and, in keeping with our own company name, it is – a landmark! We felt that made it an appropriate fit for us. Hard to miss, it is well located with ample off street parking on a main route from the Southern Motorway and is also close to many new building developments.

As a former church its ethos would have been to treat people with respect and dignity whilst always offering a warm welcome; that is a philosophy we wish to perpetuate.

What do you now see as your ongoing build philosophy?

Obviously, to deliver homes which have style, are built to exacting standards, offer customised options as well as build value and are the ‘home’ clients want for themselves. Most Landmark Homes are ‘design and build’ but if clients choose an existing plan it can be customised to maximise sun and views and, importantly, to include the clients’ wishes while respecting their budget.  We understand that not everyone knows at the outset what they want.

Some people may have an idea; others are seeking guidance and inspiration. It’s up to us to be aware of new build trends and materials, council regulations, building standards and techniques and, of course everything in between so we can provide sound advice every step of the way. Communication is critical!

Have you begun plans for a new showhome?

Our new showhome, currently in the design phase, will be just down the road at the new Paerata Rise township. However, we are well underway working with clients looking to build their dream home.

Does your understanding of the local market influence your choice of build partners?

Our preference is to use New Zealand-made products and local contractors in an effort to provide a home our clients are proud of. None of this is possible without exceptionally skilled and dedicated staff and we’re proud to say our team will deliver our clients an exceptional build journey.