"I had worked with Ray and the Haven Renovations team during The Block NZ in 2012 and had seen first hand the quality of their workmanship and dedication to their craft. So when Kylie and I began to scope out the possibility of building our very own dream home it was a no-brainer for us to work with the Haven team.
We knew we had chosen a very challenging site to build on - there was a reason it had been on the market for more than 6 years! There was a stream running through the middle of the section meaning the whole site was in a 100-year flood plain, the section was horrendously overgrown and had limited access with steep banks on three sides.
But we had a vision to work with the land to make a unique home and from the very outset Ray and the team shared that vision with us and were excited to make it a reality, despite the difficulties.
Kylie and I wanted to explore pre-fabrication for a number of reasons and Ray worked with us to find the best solution, ultimately suggesting we look at structural insulated panels (SIPs) which is the construction method we ultimately chose, making our house the first in Auckland to be built this way. To me this progressive approach to building typifies the attitude of the Haven team. They enjoy being challenged, they want the best for their clients and they never leave a stone unturned to come up with the best possible solution for you.
Throughout the build the guys were great at communicating and regularly advising on budget progress. I couldn't keep away from site so was pretty hands on with what was happening, however I'm certain you would feel as equally in the loop if you weren't on-site as regularly as I was. And whenever a problem arose (luckily there weren't many) the guys provided proactive solutions and options which was brilliant.
The proof of what the Haven team can do really is in the home that they built for us. The guys attention to detail and finishing is immaculate and they never settled for second best. It is utterly spectacular and truly is our dream home. We will be here for many, many years and can't wait to start raising a family in our home.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Haven Renovations to anyone that is considering to build their own home or renovate their existing one. Trust is a huge factor when it comes to choosing a builder and I trust the Haven guys 100%. Kylie and I consider them all friends and while it was a happy day when we moved in, it was also sad to see the guys leave." - Ben Crawford
Ben and Kylie made a video series documenting the build of their new home.
Watch the short episodes on their website here along with finding more information about their home - you'll see plenty of the Haven team featuring!
Ben also wrote a weekly column for the New Zealand Herald about their construction journey.
Read his stories here including some great articles about Haven Renovations.
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