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After living in an apartment for years, Rick and Ryan’s search for a builder began when the block of land they had purchased meant they couldn’t go with larger project builders. After engaging three different builders and telling them what they wanted in a home without success, the guys ended up finding Adam Toth from Hotondo Homes Rochedale in Queensland, and they couldn’t have been happier!
“We ended up going with Adam for a few different reasons. Mainly with the builder who had the passion to build it more so than the others. We could tell he wanted to build it for himself as well as for us, he was really passionate about it. We’d never built before, and everyone says it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do, so we really wanted to make sure we had a good connection with our builder, because you don’t want to go through it with someone you can’t comfortably talk with or who feels like it’s going to make the process even tougher,” Ryan told us.
Originally Rick and Ryan didn’t realise it was so achievable or affordable to build their own home, but after buying the block of land suitable for a split level home, they quickly found out that a lot of builders wouldn’t touch it. The guys knew exactly what they wanted, and after chatting to Adam and working with the draftsperson, they made a couple of little changes and settled on a design. Ryan explained that the main living area is upstairs, which is at street level, so that they can spend most of their time up there and capitalise on the amazing views.
Their master suite is on this level as well, and they wanted the laundry up there also. “This means most of what we don’t use every day which are the three spare bedrooms, family bathroom and another sitting area are downstairs and makes it sort of like apartment living upstairs but on a larger scale than where we came from. Downstairs is sort of like our guest quarters. One of those three bedrooms downstairs is also what I use for my office which is good – it’s disconnected from the main living space, so it feels like I can go down and work there and step away from it. I might spend about 50% of my time working from home in my sales role,“ Ryan said.
“Working with Adam was really, really good. It ended up feeling like a friendship so you could talk honestly, it felt like he was always giving us his honest opinion instead of just steering us a particular way which some builders would do to benefit them or cut a corner and paint it as a better picture to you. He’s got a lot of experience behind him with the other things he’s built and we got the chance to see some photos of some of the other things he’s built and those photos spoke for themselves,” Ryan told us. “We’re so appreciative that Adam was happy to have us work so closely with him on it.”
Ryan also mentioned how grateful they were to work with a builder who was happy for them to source things from other suppliers to suit the look and feel they were hoping to achieve. Working so closely with Adam meant they were able to visit the site regularly to inspect the progress. “Adam was happy for us to be on site quite regularly, at times it was once a week, so we constantly felt like we were involved, knew what was happening, and knew what was about to happen so there were no surprises for us,” Ryan said.
Ryan explains “sustainable features were a focus for us, but it was also something that threw a couple of challenges at us. The block of land is adjacent to a nature corridor so we wanted a lot of large windows to take in those views, but then obviously the more glass you use the less energy efficient the home’s going to be so it was just about making that comfortable balance between using those large glass windows but then finding the right insulation, which was tough.” Ryan also said they didn’t experience any issues with the council, which made the building process pretty easy, and being able to be on site regularly meant there were no surprises for Rick and Ryan because they knew what was happening at any given time.
“The bar area was a bit of a dream. We entertain a lot and if you can see in the glass cabinet there a collection of rum I’ve been collecting. I used to work at Bundaberg Rum, and sort of started a collection then and it’s constantly grown, but I’ve never had somewhere to actually display it. It’s usually boxed up, so it’s been handy!” Ryan said. The guys got the keys to their home in October, 2019. “We got to celebrate Christmas in our new home. Most people in the street had Christmas at their place because we’re in a new development so no one has been here longer than about a year, making it very festive!”
Congratulations Rick and Ryan! We’re so happy you’ve had such an amazing building experience with Adam and the team at Hotondo Homes Rochedale, and know you’ll spend a lifetime creating happy memories in your absolutely stunning new home! If you’re ready to start your own building journey, head over to the Hotondo Homes website and search for a builder in your local area today.
If you’re located in Victoria, or you’re thinking about moving down south, we have a number of franchisees based all across the state ready to make your dream home a reality. This week we’re putting the spotlight on a few of our builders throughout Victoria so you can get to know some of the franchisees in our Hotondo Homes family!
Andrew and Lyn Ralph are your new home builders in Bendigo. As one of Bendigo’s most trusted builders, Andrew and Lyn have over twenty-five years of experience and know how to build quality homes for a range of clients. Their team of professionals service the Bendigo area and surrounds, and can offer you a range of single and double storey solutions. Andrew and Lyn pride themselves on their high quality homes and work with local tradesmen. You can see their fantastic attention to detail at their Yering 248 display home in Strathfieldsaye, a spacious acreage home beautifully finished with a modern interior and family friendly layout. Walk through the Yering 248 in person, or head over to our website to take a virtual tour today.
With over twenty-five years of experience, Darren and Vesna Pollock from Hotondo Homes Melton know what it takes to create stunning dream homes. Building throughout Melton and Melbourne’s western suburbs, they’re also happy to travel further north to towns such as Kyneton. Darren, Vesna and their team pride themselves on their professionalism and have a wide range of house and land packages on offer. They also cater to sloping blocks with their split level home designs, and have an extensive knowledge of the local area. When you build with Darren and Vesna, you’re guaranteed great results! Take a look at their recently opened Erskine 240 display home, which boasts a clever layout perfect for everyday family life. You can visit this display in Melton South, or take a virtual tour at our website.
If you’re looking to build your dream home, Trent and Caroline Allen from Hotondo Homes Inverloch can make it happen. Trent, Caroline and their team provide quality building services to Inverloch and the surrounding areas, so whether you’re looking to build a single or double storey home, they have the perfect home design for you. With a range of flexible floor plans, the team at Inverloch specialise in knockdown rebuild projects, beach homes, acreage homes, and dual occupancy dwellings. As a highly professional team, they deliver projects on time and on budget, as well as providing exceptional customer care. See the quality craftsmanship in person at their Hamptons style Somerset 233 display home, which is the perfect example of a coastal family retreat! Head over to our website to take a virtual tour, or walk through the home in person when you visit Inverloch.
Hotondo Homes has a number of builders located throughout Victoria to help you with your vision. With flexible designs for all types of land, and plenty of house and land packages available to suit your budget and lifestyle, you’re sure to find a local builder in your area to create a beautifully constructed home for you and your family! Visit the Hotondo Homes website and find a builder local to you today.
Whether you’ve lived in Queensland all your life or you’re thinking about making the move up to the sunshine state, Hotondo Homes has a large network of builders ready to help you find the perfect home! All our local builders have a number of home designs available to choose from, and can provide cost-effective solutions to meet your budget and lifestyle. This week we’re putting the spotlight on a few of our builders throughout Queensland so you can get to know some of the members of our Hotondo Homes family!
Steve and Cassandra Allan have been part of the Hotondo family for 10 years, and have won numerous awards during their time as Hotondo Homes franchisees, including the prestigious 2017 National Professional Builder of the Year! Servicing Toowoomba and the surrounding areas of Dalby, Gatton, Warwick, Laidley, Lockyer, Hatton Vale and Plain Lands, they work with you and your requirements to build a home that fits your lifestyle and suits your budget. Passionate about building homes of the highest quality, Steve and Cassandra believe the secret to success is in delivering a rewarding and memorable building experience by being big enough to deliver, but still small enough to listen. With twenty years of experience building in Toowoomba, the team at Hotondo Homes Toowoomba have built over 200 homes. Known for professional and personal service, whether you’re after a house and land package, a multi-level home, or have an unusual block, Steve, Cassandra and their team are the perfect choice for your new home! Visit their brand new Jaxton 261 display home and see the quality craftmanship they include in every new home they build.
With over 18 years of building experience, Corey and Rachael Hobbins are your local builders on the Gold Coast who can turn your dream home into a reality. Priding themselves on attention to detail, Corey and Rachael prioritise customer serivce and dedication to understanding their clients’ needs. Servicing the Coomera, Pimpama, Gold Coast areas, as well as Ballina, Lismore, Lennox Heads and Evans Heads, they have over 90 flexible floor plans and a range of house and land packages to choose from, all of which can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Corey and Rachael’s years of experience, professionalism and local area knowledge will be the perfect tool to guide you through one of the most important purchases of your life. Pop in to their new Erskine 225 display home and chat to the team about starting your home building journey with Hotondo Homes.
Alyssa Pepper is your award winning builder on the Sunshine Coast, and can build in surrounding areas inluding North Brisbane, Bribie Island, Woodford, and across the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands. With over 10 years of experience, when you build with Alyssa you deal directly with her from the drafting stages right through to the final handover. Whether you’re looking to build a family home or an investment property, Alyssa can assist you in finding the perfect home solution. Specialising in small lots through to acreage lots, as well as double storeys and townhouses, Alyssa prides herself on her quality service and construction, and is happy to let you be involved in your build as much as possible. Providing an unbeaten, unique, professional and honest experience, Alyssa and her team are ready to help you find your dream home. Visit Alyssa’s Jagera 250 display home and see her superb work in person!
Known for turning dream homes into a reality, Chris and Michelle Dodt are widely considered to be Gympie’s trusted new home specialists! With an impressive 30-year-long career in the building industry, Chris and Michelle have everything you need to build your new home in Gympie and surrounding areas including Glenwood, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Goomeri. Joining the Hotondo Homes family over 20 years ago, Chris and Michelle’s dream was to build quality dream homes for locals, and today they pride themselves on their fantastic customer service and commitment to supporting the local area. Choosing to work only with local trades, your home will be built by people who know the local area inside out. Whether you’re looking for your first home, dream home, or an investment property, Hotondo Gympie have a solution that’s perfect for you. They also specialise in acreage and split level designs, meaning they can build your home no matter what kind of block you own. With a team of professionals who can walk you through the home building journey every step of the way, you’ll have peace of mind watching your new home come to life. With a new Cooloola 208 display home open, Chris and Michelle would love to chat to you about building your dream home!
Hotondo Homes has a number of builders located around Queensland to help you with your vision. With flexible designs for all types of land, and plenty of house and land packages available to suit your budget and lifestyle, you’re sure to find a local builder in your area to create a beautifully constructed home for you and your family! Visit the Hotondo Homes website and find a builder local to you today.
Whether you’ve lived in New South Wales all your life, or you’re looking for a seachange up to the coast, Hotondo Homes has a large network of builders ready to help you find the perfect home! All our local builders have a number of home designs available to choose from, and can provide cost-effective solutions to meet your budget and lifestyle. This week we’re putting the spotlight on a few of our builders throughout New South Wales so you can get to know some of the members of our Hotondo Homes family!
With over fifteen years of building experience, Adam Sturt is your local builder in Nowra and surrounding areas. Adam has a wealth of experience building a wide range of single and double storey home designs, and has worked with a wide variety of clients. He understands how important it is to tailor his services to meet clients’ design aspirations, budgets, and lifestyles. With a thorough understanding of different types of blocks, the South Coast team specialise in building on sloping blocks, beach-side homes and large acreage properties. Adam’s professional attitude and personalised customer service is always welcomed by his clients, and he goes to great lengths to make himself available to chat about their build and answer any questions they have throughout the process. Priding themselves on their fantastic customer service, Adam and the South Coast team work to ensure all their clients have a stress-free, enjoyable new home journey, with communication being their top priority, which earned them the Customer Service Excellence Award at the 2018 Hotondo Homes National Conference, which is the third consecutive year they’ve received this honour! Pop in and visit their Erskine 240 display, and chat to this friendly team about your own dream home ideas today.
Stephen and Sue Schutz are your local builders in Newcastle, with their services extending from Fletcher to Morisset. With over nintey flexible floor plans available, including single and double storey homes, split level designs, and duplex homes to choose from, they will work with you to ensure your new home suits your family’s needs, lifestyle, and budget. The Newcastle team specialise in building on sloping blocks and together with their in-house designer, Stephen and Sue work hard to ensure their providing their clients with exceptional customer service, attention to details, and innovation. Being a family-owned business means they have the flexibility to tailor their services to suit each client’s need, and they pride themselves on their professionalism and personal approach. Get in touch with the team today to start your home building journey!
No matter what style of home you’re looking for, Greg and Gillian Coleman can cater to your budget, location, and lifestyle. With extensive experience in the building industry, Greg and Gillian are your local builders in Bathurst, Orange and the surrounding areas. Using reputable local trades and suppliers, and with selections that are completed in-house, it’s the perfect one-stop shop for all your needs! They pride themselves on their transparency and professionalism, and work to fixed-price contracts with no hidden extras, ensuring customer satisfaction from start to finish, resulting in the team receiving a Customer Service Excellence award at the 2018 Hotondo Homes National Conference. Catering to first home buyers, families looking to upgrade, and retirees beginning the next chapter of their lives, their team can help find a home design for everyone. Greg, Gillian and the entire team assist clients throughout the entire process, including land purchase, arranging finance, selecting designs, and modifing inclusions to suit client requirements so the end result is a home the entire family loves! With a new display home opening in 2019, Greg and Gillian would love to chat you about building your dream home!
Brothers Craig and Marty Keogh know how to build quality homes. With over twenty years of experience in construction, they’ve built some of Wagga Wagga’s best homes, and have just opened their new display home, the stunning Dakota 316. Servicing Wagga Wagga and the surrounding areas of Gobbagombalin, Collingullie, and Forest Hill, Craig and Marty are your professional building team. No matter your lifestyle, budget, or family size, they’ll be able to find the perfect new home solution. Specialising in building on all types of sites, including difficult sloping blocks and acreage land, their team never shy away from a challenge! With a range of affordable house and land packages, Craig and Marty offer a fixed price contract with no hidden costs, and they pride themselves on running a detail-oriented business that offers the best in customer service and client satisfaction. The team at Wagga Wagga are also dedicated to helping their local community, and raised over $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Australia® last year, a feat which saw them awarded the Make-A-Wish Event of the Year at the 2018 Hotondo Homes National Conference. Come and visit their new display today, and chat to them about your new home requirements – they’re more than happy to answer any of your questions!
Hotondo Homes has a number of builders located around New South Wales to help you with your vision. With flexible designs for all types of land, and plenty of house and land packages available to suit your budget and lifestyle, you’re sure to find a local builder in your area to create a beautifully constructed home for you and your family! Visit the Hotondo Homes website and find a builder local to you today.