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Homepacks Build with Caleb Schenk II

We recently spoke with Caleb from Hivis Building about using Homepacks and one of their six plan builds...

How long have you guys been building, and what's the size of your team?

We've been building since 2017, so five years, and we've got a team of four people in the office. We've got an estimator, myself, Raymond, and an accountant. We've got a couple of builders, three apprentices and two labourers. We then subcontract a few other builders on top of that to fit in with other work.

Why did you guys choose Homepacks for your business?

It was a great option to use you guys to get some designs for Hivis, especially when we were new in the first couple of years that we started; we could provide clients with new-build options.

What benefits have you found from having concept plans?

Heaps! We've been finding that it's easier to base off what the client is looking for if they want any changes in the sense, so you can play off the multiple designs that you guys have provided us and then also be able to customise and use some for house and land packages.

Do your home designs attract more clients?

Marketing the designs definitely pulls in people more than having no plans.

Are you attracting a different type of client now?

It transitioned from where we were doing more in-between jobs, renovations and a couple of new builds of people that we knew into clients that we haven't known before, so it's been a great transition into that.

Has it sped up your sales process?

It definitely sped up getting clients in the door and getting them to know what they wanted.

Do you feel like you have more control in the design process?

Yeah, it definitely gives way more control on the position of what we can suggest and then keep everyone settled down and not freaking out; it keeps the design all in house.

How would you describe your investment in Homepacks?

It's worked out amazingly! We've built six designs, two down in Sorell, two other designs in Raminea, and we've also built two others in a two-unit development side by side. It's been up and above in the sense of being worth it, knowing that we've been able to have plans, especially going into doing our first home and land packages; couldn't use any better!

Here's one of the Homepacks plans Caleb's team have built:

Kitchen located where the living was originally on the plan
Living positioned where the kitchen was originally on the plan
Additional bedroom

Changes made in this build:

Cladding was changed with the addition of brick, a third bedroom was added, the roofline shortened over the garage and the living and kitchen switched positions within the open-plan living.

"It's worked out amazingly! We've built six designs."
- Caleb from Hivis Building

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Reviews from builders:

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May 15, 2022
Victor K

I have found Sam a joy to work with he is prompt in getting back. The plans produced are fantastic and we look forward to continuing our business with Homepacks. I would highly recommend Homepacks to any company looking to expand their business.

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Apr 28, 2022
Brent S

I have dealt with Sam for around 12 months, I have found the product and service excellent, especially for a small construction company like mine. Sam also provides new plans which I find up to date with what the market is wanting. For me to be able to do this myself would not be cost efficient. Thanks again Sam!

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Nov 29, 2021
Amanda P

Fantastic designs which are on trend and desirable. The designs have been inspirational to our clients and the style has given our company further enquiries and increased our business. Sam is an absolute pleasure to work with.

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Oct 22, 2021
Martin O

Great plans backed up by great service. We are about to build four of these homes and the leads keep coming in.

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Jun 2, 2021
Lain H

Ive been working with Sam for about a year now. Since we started using homepacks our business has grown in leaps and bounds. Sam is always able to get changes done when we need and this keeps our clients engaged and happy. Our only problem is keeping up with the demand! Thanks Sam, Well done You've created a great business model!

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Dec 10, 2020
Sheena Y

Homepacks has been a fantastic asset to our business by streamlining the sales process with potential clients, and providing them with plans that have the WOW factor. Sam is also very efficient at making any plan changes required, which means we can then provide a prompt service, and have plans approved and underway quickly.

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Sep 10, 2020
Laurie B

Homepacks has been a fantastic investment for our business. We wanted to add another level to our business and Sam from Homepacks has certainly helped us create this. It's only been a few months since we have launched our website with our plans and business information, and the leads have been phenomenal. Sam made the process so simple and our website looks so professional. Thanks again Sam!

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Jul 1, 2020
Luke F

Sam and the team at Homepacks provided me with a great outcome for the specific designs I required for my business. There home-pack designs are unique and innovative for a project builder or small builder who wants to look professional next to his competitors. I would recommend Homepacks to any company or builder looking for a cost effective and professional solution to there business.

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May 28, 2020
Darren R

Homepacks has allowed our small building business to take off! Instead of just renovations and contract work we have been able to sign up new builds and make a name for ourselves in the house build market with a distinctive house style. Highly recommended.

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May 12, 2020
Kane D

Great product and service!

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Dec 18, 2019
Kurt D

Sam has done a great job setting up our website. The concept plans have been a great addition to our business.

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Oct 16, 2019
Deb T

Sam from Homepacks has been very patient with me. Our process has taken about 6 months from the start of creation. I simply didn't have the time to put to it. That put aside Sam has just been amazing through the entire process. I am more than impressed with Sam's business and also what he has delivered for us

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Sep 26, 2019
Levi S

Really enjoyed working with Sam. He is very energetic and has some great ideas but also listens to what you need and want too ! I would use him again if I built again and would recommend to anyone wanting a classy house design. Cheers Sam

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Jun 11, 2019
Steve H

The feed back I have received form clients , friends & colleagues have been great! All very impressed with the super sharp imagery. I just hope I can build as good as the pictures look.

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May 27, 2019
Mark F

Sam knows his stuff and is really helpful. Highly recommend having a chat.

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May 21, 2019
Scott C

We purchased a set of plans and had our website created through Homepacks. They were amazing to deal with from start to finish and post sales service has been great. So helpful. Thanks Sam!

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May 14, 2019
Shane K

We have been using Homepacks for some time now and find them great for our business, not only for the great range of plans available but also we find the artist impressions are a good a marketing tool on website and facebook as the are very professional looking, Thanks Sam and the team at Homepacks

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Jan 15, 2019
Steve S

Homepacks have the WOW factor. Sam and his team have been faultless. We have already confirmed 2 new houses since launching our website and designs with Sam just before Christmas 2018. We also did a marketing campaign and have had a huge amount of very positive leads with clients that has sections. I am very excited for 2019 Thanks guys

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Aug 12, 2018
David V

Homepacks has helped with bringing a much more professional face to our business! Since Sam has been involved we have notice a considerable improvement with leads and how people have responded to our business. Highly recommend it :)

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Jun 26, 2018
Taryn B

Great service and stunning plans, highly recommend to all looking to develop their plan range.

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Jun 11, 2018
Finlay H

I highly recommend using Homepacks for any building company who is looking at getting a professional look to there company.Sam and his team are great to deal with and Sam has really helped with great advice on how to grow my Building Company. Can not thank Homepacks enough for all the help they have given me plus the outstanding designs that the public is loving. You won't be disappointed in getting in touch and using Homepacks designs!

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May 12, 2018
Reuben C

We are so happy with our new plans and website from Sam at Homepacks . Results have been amazing seeing many people interact with our plans and now talking to multiple people about there building needs.

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Mar 14, 2018
Hannah G

Such a pleasure doing business with Homepacks. They have taken our building project to the next level. Very professional with innovative concepts and ideas. Highly recommend.

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Feb 13, 2018
Pieta S

Yes well I wasn't sure what they'd be like but I'm super super impressed with the results. Absolutely love the plans and the service from Sam thanks heaps! More plans please

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Dec 12, 2017
Toni K

Great service from Sam at Homepacks, absolutely love our custom home. Couldn't be more impressed really! Quick and easy to deal with and reasonably priced. Would recommend to all.

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Dec 1, 2017
Suzie R

Since we have bought our first two Homepacks only six months ago, we now have ten houses being built and another seven coming through so far! Everyone loves them!

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Nov 25, 2017
Sue K

The plans were really highly received, everyone loves them. We now have forty new clients to follow up, most of them with sites, so a success!

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Nov 4, 2017
Brett H

Great value! We are building two Homepacks designs. The ongoing support has been excellent!

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May 12, 2017
Stacey P

Sam and Candice were amazing to deal with. They respond promptly to all queries and I can't rate their efficiency and service highly enough. I wish every business was this easy to deal with!

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May 11, 2017
Rhiana W

Homepacks Architectural Plans has been outstanding to work with designing our house and business. Sam not only is outstanding at design but also seems passionate and really buys into what his clients goals are. We could not have been happier with their work and would recommended anyone to work with them.

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May 8, 2017
Craig P

Working with Sam and the team from Homepacks has been a real pleasure. Sam is keen, efficient and great to work with. I look forward to working with him on my next project!

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Apr 2, 2017
Lans H

Absolute professional from start to finish thank you!

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Aug 4, 2016
Mike R

Great designs! Our Homepacks spec home sold to the first person who walked through the door! We're now onto our second spec home, the 'Luna' design.

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May 3, 2016
Baden B

Our new range of house plans have delivered in every aspect, it's been invaluable!

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Feb 10, 2016
Seth L

We've built one as our showhome and have great reviews. We've also completed another Homepacks design with a very satisfied client! Homepacks are helping our business grow every year!

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