CASE STUDY 1:
Second story addition in Kingsland.
Ben and Bryony had a young family and lived in a 2-bedroom duplex. Having no space to build out, their only option was to build up.
With a great design and 25 doors and windows capturing sun from every angle, it made every space in this house unique and a warm and connectable home for the family to grow into.
Before the build started, we shrink-wrapped the existing home, so we could stick to a tight schedule and finish the job in a short timeframe over winter. There were a number of issues to overcome during the build as it was a very tight site with many residents to consider and a common area that need to be accessible 24/7. The build resulted with not only happy clients, but happy neighbours and residents too.
Right from the first meeting, our experience of building with Encore was genuinely great. Dominic sat down at an early stage and contributed good ideas about how to effectively build our home. My partner, who is a boat builder, appreciated that Dominic understood our need to keep the build to a tight time frame and fixed budget. Ideas such as having the top floor elements bought in as prenail walls, and choosing to wrap the whole build so his team could work every day regardless of the weather, contributed to the speed with which he was able to complete the job.
I would say one of Dominic’s strong points is his clear and organised communication skills.
There are 5 units down our tight driveway, and Dominic was open to the challenges of keeping the neighbours informed of any work which would impact on them during the 4 month build. This required excellent diplomacy, and he was up to the task. His team of builders, and contractors also respected the need to consider our close neighbours.
My partner was super busy running his own business, and so I had the task of keeping an eye on the build day to day. I never felt patronised by Dominic, despite my lack of experience and knowledge about building. It felt like there were endless decisions I needed to make, and I enjoyed Dominic’s approach to explaining things to me so I could make informed choices.
I find it hard to believe our tiny 70’s unit has been transformed into such a wonderful, warm family home- on time and on budget.
CASE STUDY 2:
Basement development in Kingsland.
Richard and Lisa needed more room for their family of 5, and with the eldest hitting their teenage years, they needed it to be a space for Mum and Dad.
Being an architect, Richard set about designing a new master bedroom, bathroom and laundry with extra storage to boot.
After excavating 50 truckloads of earth, propping up the existing home, we set about creating this stunning space, all tucked away under their Kingsland bungalow. Their new addition is tied in to the existing house with a beautiful kauri staircase which flows from the bungalows character kauri floors.
Encore Building Services Ltd came highly recommended by a friend.
Encore dealings with Council, Architect and tradies were always professional, on time and effective. Any issues were raised straight away and solved without fuss. They went above and beyond what you’d normally expect by sending out staff on their own initiative to provide additional bracing during a storm at 10pm.They were polite respectful and friendly – which was important given we have three children.
A difficult build due to access and challenges an old Bungalow present. Despite this Encore Building Services were able to work to a fixed price contact and deliver to our expectations. Great end result.
CASE STUDY 3:
Extension and full house renovation in Mt Albert.
Paul and Ann had a beautiful 1920’s bungalow but the poor existing floor plan was limiting its capacity as a functional family home.
We pulled the back off the existing house and stripped the entire interior. We created an exciting new open plan kitchen/living/dining space with 9.0m long sliding glass doors and an incredible exposed tongue and groove panel ceiling on exposed beams. To add to this fresh extension the interior seamlessly flows out onto a stunning entertainment deck and lawn area.
When we left the house was more than a newly renovated 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom family home. It was a lifestyle.
We used Dominic and his team at Encore for a 6-month renovation and major extension project involving a small bungalow, in 2017. Everything went smoothly, regular Friday meetings with Dominic provided a good opportunity to catch up on progress and discuss any issues. Dominic was always on time, obliging and easy to deal with. The building work was completed to a high standard and Dominic was willing to swiftly remedy any minor defects at the end of the project. He was also open to working with subcontractors we had previously used.
CASE STUDY 4:
Full house renovation in Grey Lynn.
Chris and Nik wanted to give their 2-bedroom rental property a makeover to not only achieve maximum rental return, but also to increase the value of their property portfolio.
To achieve this, we stripped out the interior in full of their 1920s bungalow and revisited the floor plan to add a 2nd bathroom and new kitchen with open plan living which flows out onto the entertainment deck and fully landscaped gardens.
The proof is in the pudding with the property being rented the second it hit the market for what our client expected. And our client continues to use us for his other rental properties, so our work speaks for itself.
Encore Building Services Ltd came recommended by our architect, Pennant and Triumph
The process was collaborative and well informed. As with all builds there are multiple decisions and things that crop up but all were handled swiftly and a ‘can do’ attitude prevailed.
We were absolutely ‘stoked’ with the outcome! A beautiful home created. Very happy with the timing, skill and craftsmanship of the builders
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