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When Whatawhata, Waikato, farmers Joe and Trish Kingston looked to build their dream home their first stop was Farmlands. In the process they became the first Farmlands shareholders to engage Customkit Buildings to be part of their building plans.

Flexibility, variety of build options, sound customer service and a 'look' that is right at home in New Zealand's rural environment meant Customkit was given the 'thumbs up' to take care of the build.  

 

FITTINGLY, farmers Joe and Trish feel at home with a ‘barninspired’ style of house. This ‘barn’ is architecturally breathtaking, inspiring, open, spacious and the perfect platform for contemporary living, a far cry from animal houses or other rural applications.

Having worked as share milkers and dairy farmers, Joe and Trish had always lived in older houses. When they made the move
to a 100ha dry farm they were excited about the prospect of being able to build something of their own.


The building site looks out over farmland towards the Karakariki Valley, 20km west of Hamilton. Originally set aside as
a water conservation area at one time the forest was dominated by kauri which was milled out in the early 1900s.
This made wood as a key part of their project all the more appropriate.  “We had always liked the country style design and use of
timber,” says Joe. “Open plan design was on our ‘must have’ list, plus the ability to create a flow between a large decking area and
the inside of the house.” They hadn’t heard of Customkit Buildings at the start of the process but then discovered their affiliation with Farmlands. That gave them the ability to use their Farmlands Card to pay, with also the bonus of accruing Get Choice Rewards for using the card.


“From the start I wanted to be part of the build,” says Joe. “Most of the more traditional housing companies I talked to wouldn’t allow
any involvement. The Customkit approach of providing the kitset and then allowing others to build and be involved was perfect for us.
“Being able to look at their website and see the amazing variety they offered was inspiring. We especially loved the open plan options,
high ceilings and polished concrete floors.”

Farmhouse chic gets raised to new heights Joe assembled his own team, using Waikato builders Dave Smith from Building Creations and Scott Thorne. His aim was to work with them as a ‘labour unit’ to help out with the build. He and Trish have played the lead
role in painting and finishing the house at their own pace. They worked with Customkit for some design and feature ideas, including
the portals where Dave Smith recommended cedar to create and enhance the link with the overall timber theme. The same trusses used inside are also replicated in the outside covered decking area for continuity and overall style impact.


The four bedroom home (including the master with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe) is built out of a new plywood product called Triclad. Battens were placed at 400mm centres for a more contemporary take on the traditional barn style. New take on the old Wide timber facing on the windows and doors are in harmony with the couple’s ‘new’ take on the ‘old’.


The inside finishing is also a perfect backdrop for art and their collection of 1960s retro furniture, including a classic couch Joe’s sister found in Tokoroa. While some people have horror stories about building and say ‘never again’, Joe and Trish say they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and outcomes.


“This is our first experience for having everything pristine and done just the way we wanted. The satisfaction of being part of the building team and having pride in knowing the fruits of my labour have produced our home is priceless.”


Joe’s advice is to build with people you have a good feeling for and who provide quality and service.


“Flexibility, variety of build options, sound customer service and a look that is right at home in New Zealand’s rural settings
means I’d always give Customkit the thumbs-up.”

 

 

 

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When Whatawhata, Waikato, farmers Joe and Trish Kingston looked to build their dream home their first stop was Farmlands. In the process they became the first Farmlands shareholders to engage Customkit Buildings to be part of their building plans.

Flexibility, variety of build options, sound customer service and a 'look' that is right at home in New Zealand's rural environment meant Customkit was given the 'thumbs up' to take care of the build.  

 

FITTINGLY, farmers Joe and Trish feel at home with a ‘barninspired’ style of house. This ‘barn’ is architecturally breathtaking, inspiring, open, spacious and the perfect platform for contemporary living, a far cry from animal houses or other rural applications.

Having worked as share milkers and dairy farmers, Joe and Trish had always lived in older houses. When they made the move
to a 100ha dry farm they were excited about the prospect of being able to build something of their own.


The building site looks out over farmland towards the Karakariki Valley, 20km west of Hamilton. Originally set aside as
a water conservation area at one time the forest was dominated by kauri which was milled out in the early 1900s.
This made wood as a key part of their project all the more appropriate.  “We had always liked the country style design and use of
timber,” says Joe. “Open plan design was on our ‘must have’ list, plus the ability to create a flow between a large decking area and
the inside of the house.” They hadn’t heard of Customkit Buildings at the start of the process but then discovered their affiliation with Farmlands. That gave them the ability to use their Farmlands Card to pay, with also the bonus of accruing Get Choice Rewards for using the card.


“From the start I wanted to be part of the build,” says Joe. “Most of the more traditional housing companies I talked to wouldn’t allow
any involvement. The Customkit approach of providing the kitset and then allowing others to build and be involved was perfect for us.
“Being able to look at their website and see the amazing variety they offered was inspiring. We especially loved the open plan options,
high ceilings and polished concrete floors.”

Farmhouse chic gets raised to new heights Joe assembled his own team, using Waikato builders Dave Smith from Building Creations and Scott Thorne. His aim was to work with them as a ‘labour unit’ to help out with the build. He and Trish have played the lead
role in painting and finishing the house at their own pace. They worked with Customkit for some design and feature ideas, including
the portals where Dave Smith recommended cedar to create and enhance the link with the overall timber theme. The same trusses used inside are also replicated in the outside covered decking area for continuity and overall style impact.


The four bedroom home (including the master with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe) is built out of a new plywood product called Triclad. Battens were placed at 400mm centres for a more contemporary take on the traditional barn style. New take on the old Wide timber facing on the windows and doors are in harmony with the couple’s ‘new’ take on the ‘old’.


The inside finishing is also a perfect backdrop for art and their collection of 1960s retro furniture, including a classic couch Joe’s sister found in Tokoroa. While some people have horror stories about building and say ‘never again’, Joe and Trish say they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and outcomes.


“This is our first experience for having everything pristine and done just the way we wanted. The satisfaction of being part of the building team and having pride in knowing the fruits of my labour have produced our home is priceless.”


Joe’s advice is to build with people you have a good feeling for and who provide quality and service.


“Flexibility, variety of build options, sound customer service and a look that is right at home in New Zealand’s rural settings
means I’d always give Customkit the thumbs-up.”

 

 

 

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When Whatawhata, Waikato, farmers Joe and Trish Kingston looked to build their dream home their first stop was Farmlands. In the process they became the first Farmlands shareholders to engage Customkit Buildings to be part of their building plans.

Flexibility, variety of build options, sound customer service and a 'look' that is right at home in New Zealand's rural environment meant Customkit was given the 'thumbs up' to take care of the build.  

 

FITTINGLY, farmers Joe and Trish feel at home with a ‘barninspired’ style of house. This ‘barn’ is architecturally breathtaking, inspiring, open, spacious and the perfect platform for contemporary living, a far cry from animal houses or other rural applications.

Having worked as share milkers and dairy farmers, Joe and Trish had always lived in older houses. When they made the move
to a 100ha dry farm they were excited about the prospect of being able to build something of their own.


The building site looks out over farmland towards the Karakariki Valley, 20km west of Hamilton. Originally set aside as
a water conservation area at one time the forest was dominated by kauri which was milled out in the early 1900s.
This made wood as a key part of their project all the more appropriate.  “We had always liked the country style design and use of
timber,” says Joe. “Open plan design was on our ‘must have’ list, plus the ability to create a flow between a large decking area and
the inside of the house.” They hadn’t heard of Customkit Buildings at the start of the process but then discovered their affiliation with Farmlands. That gave them the ability to use their Farmlands Card to pay, with also the bonus of accruing Get Choice Rewards for using the card.


“From the start I wanted to be part of the build,” says Joe. “Most of the more traditional housing companies I talked to wouldn’t allow
any involvement. The Customkit approach of providing the kitset and then allowing others to build and be involved was perfect for us.
“Being able to look at their website and see the amazing variety they offered was inspiring. We especially loved the open plan options,
high ceilings and polished concrete floors.”

Farmhouse chic gets raised to new heights Joe assembled his own team, using Waikato builders Dave Smith from Building Creations and Scott Thorne. His aim was to work with them as a ‘labour unit’ to help out with the build. He and Trish have played the lead
role in painting and finishing the house at their own pace. They worked with Customkit for some design and feature ideas, including
the portals where Dave Smith recommended cedar to create and enhance the link with the overall timber theme. The same trusses used inside are also replicated in the outside covered decking area for continuity and overall style impact.


The four bedroom home (including the master with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe) is built out of a new plywood product called Triclad. Battens were placed at 400mm centres for a more contemporary take on the traditional barn style. New take on the old Wide timber facing on the windows and doors are in harmony with the couple’s ‘new’ take on the ‘old’.


The inside finishing is also a perfect backdrop for art and their collection of 1960s retro furniture, including a classic couch Joe’s sister found in Tokoroa. While some people have horror stories about building and say ‘never again’, Joe and Trish say they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and outcomes.


“This is our first experience for having everything pristine and done just the way we wanted. The satisfaction of being part of the building team and having pride in knowing the fruits of my labour have produced our home is priceless.”


Joe’s advice is to build with people you have a good feeling for and who provide quality and service.


“Flexibility, variety of build options, sound customer service and a look that is right at home in New Zealand’s rural settings
means I’d always give Customkit the thumbs-up.”

 

 

 

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