Viking Homes was recommended to us by our architect Darren Gubb (www.gubbdesign.co.nz), as an emerging builder getting excellent feedback on several high spec jobs. From the start, Viking quickly earnt our respect and trust. They became the obvious choice to help us with our 90m2, two level extension and total overhaul of the rest of our 180m2, 1970s home; a challenging blend of old with new.
As absolute novices in building with very busy lives, we needed a lot of support with every decision of the build. Viking worked with us to help us understand all aspects of the extensive project and to guide us through the options for each decision. They incorporated this into a highly detailed, and ultimately very accurate, budget estimate that we then managed on an actual charge-out basis. This worked extremely well for us as we had great flexibility to make sure we ended up with exactly what we wanted, within budget. Viking gave us regular updates on spend vs the estimate and what remained. This really helped us manage our budget and prioritise the things most important to us. Knowing what position we were in financially at all times removed much of the worry and stress from the process. In the end, this enabled us to get a lot more out of the project than we had first imagined, and we were bang on budget!
The Viking crew came to feel like part of our extended family as we all worked together to build our dream home. They were excellent with our two young and ‘adventurous’ boys, and kept them safe while we lived on-site for the first few months of the build. They were polite to everyone, very tidy and considerate, and had an extremely high attention to detail and positive approach to finding solutions to meet our needs. They always made time to talk things through and appease my control-freakish tendencies.
We now have a beautiful home that feels brand new and is exactly right for us. We are so happy with the result and the process we went through with Viking, and would highly recommend them anyone wanting to build a house that they love.
- K & M Kilkenny. Sept 2018.
I recently asked Viking Homes to partially re-clad my house – it had Harditex above and under all the windows and doors and was deemed by the Council as a “leaky home”.
I am extremely happy with the result – the house looks brand new! I had a foreman and his apprentice at my house most days for several months. They were brilliant! Fitted in with the family with no problems; they were polite, helpful and always happy to explain what was going on, to make suggestions (especially re the chocolate chip muffins 😊) and they were superb workmen. I have absolutely no complaints about them.
The communication was excellent – from everyone: builders, bosses and the very special office lady. I always knew what was going on, what was going to happen and more importantly how much it was going to cost.
I would certainly recommend Viking Homes to anyone who was thinking of building or renovating. The values of the people working for them, and the owners themselves, are the old-fashioned sort – honest, get the job done with superb craftsmanship and no mucking around on the job.
With huge thanks
- G Turner. Aug 2018.
Viking Homes reconfigured some of our pre-existing buildings to make them suitable for an early childhood centre. The quality of their craftsmanship was excellent and they communicated well throughout the process. Viking Homes was easy to work with, and we are very pleased with the work they completed.
- Lottie Allpress, Project Manager - Olive Shoots Building Transition, Laidlaw College. June 2018.