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Fancy frolicking with dolphins on your way home?

Fancy frolicking with dolphins on your way home?

For this couple who have chosen to build on their beautiful remote island site with our award winning franchisee Coastwood Homes - Lockwood Coromandel, that’s exactly the kind of reception they get.  

Tuesday, August 30, 2016/Author: Lockwood/Number of views (974)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.3
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Distance no barrier

Distance no barrier

A new Lockwood holiday home in Raglan is proof anything is possible when you pull the right team together. Lockwood Waikato and Excelsior Residential undertook the project for UK residents Patricia Bossons and Denis Startain and their two children Louis and Kiera.

The family was based overseas throughout the build, but Patricia says they had total faith in the Lockwood building system and Excelsior builder Peter Brooky.

“We lived at Lake Okareka near Rotorua several years ago and became familiar with the Lockwood homes in the show village. We’ve always loved the style and look. And we knew exactly what we would be getting – this home is the Te Rakau plan, with larger decks to maximise the great views.

“We wanted something that could be project managed from 12,000 miles away and we needed quality assurance. Lockwood could help on both counts. For example, the high wind zone is a risk factor, but this house has been built to withstand extreme weather – the roof is secured by five times the number of rivets normally used for such a project. We love that feeling of extra security.”

Patricia also praises the building process. “It was superb, and easy. Everything went so smoothly. Peter would send us loads of pictures and checked with us on every detail.”

The low maintenance of a Lockwood home was another consideration, says Patricia. At present the family is living in Cambridge in the Waikato and pops out to the beach most weekends – and they don’t need to spend their weekends on home maintenance.

Roger Allsopp of Lockwood Waikato says Lockwood supplied all the components to Excelsior Residential, a preferred Lockwood builder. “The company is experienced in building Lockwood homes, and this is a great example.”

 

Friday, June 26, 2015/Author: Lockwood/Number of views (1925)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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On a windswept island

On a windswept island

Lockwood homes are known for their strength and resilience, and a holiday home on remote D’Urville Island is proof the building system can be trusted.

The island, at the top of the Marlborough Sounds, is exposed to the weather extremes that give Cook Strait is fearsome reputation. But it’s also a beautiful place that captivated homeowners Rupert and Ann Wilson.

Seventeen years ago a local commercial fisherman warned them against building their house on the ridgeline, which provided the best view of a lake and the sea. The fisherman said no house would be able to cope with the gale-force winds.

“He was right about the severity of the wind, but not about the house,” says Rupert. “We chose to build a Lockwood because of the strength of the building system, and the house has survived without any damage whatsoever.”

Rupert says one of the worst storms upended a tandem caravan on the site and completely flattened it. “The caravan was then bounced 30m up the hill on its roof. But the house was untouched.”

While the intrinsic strength of the Lockwood building system was the first reason the owners chose a Lockwood, there were other considerations. “We really liked the wood finish and the low maintenance, which has been a huge bonus over the years.”

The home is equipped with a solar power system, and water comes from a stream on the property.

Rupert says the family usually charters a small plane to travel to the island from Wellington, which takes 25 minutes, as opposed to a journey of 8 hours via ferry and a local transport. Key holiday activities include fishing, surfing, boating and hunting. “It’s dramatically beautiful, remote, and an absolute paradise – and most of the time the weather is really great.”

See how the Lockwood building system creates an extra-strong home.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015/Author: Lockwood/Number of views (2005)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Long-distance design and build

Long-distance design and build

Many Lockwood clients live overseas or in other cities, but they have found it’s not so difficult to have a new Lockwood holiday home built a long way from where they live. Queenstown franchisee Julie Batt of Easy Living Homes says the majority of the company’s work involves remote building projects.

“We would usually meet clients either prior to or during the build, but not always,” she says. “It is all about trust – clients need to have trust in their builder. We give them testimonials from other homeowners who have gone through the process with us, and we sometimes get them to meet former clients who may live in the same city. If they are visiting Queenstown we can even show them through a completed house. And this is a true recognition of trust – many of our remote clients are happy to leave us with a set of keys so we can show people through their home."

Lockwood franchisee Paul Dean of Oceanside Homes in Tauranga says his company also undertakes a lot of remote building projects. He talks about this work in the video clip.

Monday, November 24, 2014/Author: Lockwood/Number of views (1207)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Remote Builds

Remote Builds

When you can’t be present on site as your new home is being built, there can be additional challenges, yet Lockwood will ensure your remote build experience is a rewarding one.

Thomas and Julie of Lockwood Homes Southern Lakes have a long history of satisfied clients who have built a Lockwood home in this way. This includes builds in remote locations, such as Glenorchy and elsewhere on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, as well as building for clients based overseas in Australia, Tahiti and Singapore.

They understand that trust and confidence in the builder is critical when building a house, and even more so when building at a distance. That’s why they go the extra mile to ensure the relationship between client and builder is an active and healthy one.

Each project usually starts with a physical meeting between the builder and the client. Thomas and Julie keep in touch with their many past clients, and so often take new customers to see one of the homes they have built.

After this, communication generally takes place via email, with the Lockwood team ensuring the client is kept in the loop with progress on the design and drawing up plans.

Once the build has begun, clients receive a regular flow of photographs documenting the progress on site at every step of the way. This way, they can see their new home come together before their eyes.

The Lockwood Building System has many benefits for remote builds. As all components and joinery are manufactured at our Rotorua factory, they arrive on the building site ready to assemble, with prewiring and predrilling complete.

To learn more about building a Lockwood home, contact your nearest Lockwood franchisee or visit our website for further information.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014/Author: Lockwood/Number of views (1578)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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