In 2009 we decided to search for a suitable site to Build our own House. To aid us in our search we asked a local Builder by the name of Steve Hicks to accompany us and view any prospective sites.
Steve had done some work for us on a property we owned previously and was happy to offer his help and wealth of Experience in our search for the Ideal site. By the end of 2009 we had settled on a site and made a swift purchase to secure the land situated in the Eastern Suburbs of Wellington.
We had looked at many Building options and received lots of advice from people and the word Trust always cropped up in the conversation “ You have got to trust your Builder” Said most people we spoke to. We asked Steve to Build our House as we Trusted his Judgement and Knowledge of the Industry, He had an open manner about him and was approachable at all times which was good to have in the coming months.
The process of Design then began using a local Architect to draw up and then Submit our plans, Steve was on hand again to offer practical advise and support during this process, We could problem solve any issues which arose and amend the plans accordingly.
By November 2010 we had drawn up a contract with Steve and the Groundworks Commenced for the Build. We encountered some initial problems with the location of a storm water drain which we hadn`t expected, these had to be moved and Council involvement was necessary, But due to Steve,s Knowledge and contacts within the Industry the problem was dealt with in a timely manner.
As the Build progressed we held regular site meetings with Steve, We could ask questions relating to the build and discuss any changes we may need to make. Steve also offered advise and practical solutions to problems, One of these was changing a set of French Doors to the opposite side of the House to maximize views. This type of advise was great and has proved to be spot on.
Building a house can be stressful, We certainly did not find it easy but it helped having a Builder we could trust and rely on. I would certainly recommend Steve Hicks as a Builder who can be trusted. The quality of his work was great and his team of Tradesmen were fantastic, We are really happy with our home which is a pleasure to spend time in.