We recently spoke with Jake & Sarah from Lion Builders about using Homepacks, and one of their concept plan builds...
Four builders, and we've been building as Lion Builders for almost seven years.
We wanted to set up a website, and we wanted to have plans available for people to start looking at as a base and really help give people ideas and starting points from which they could work.
Yeah, it gives people the confidence and ideas. Quite early on, people were keen on a plan, so we had something to go off from that, and then the conversation gets started.
It's a little bit hard for us to gauge properly because we've been quite preoccupied with work that has taken us away from the ability to do client builds (been focused on building units). We've certainly been able to get into the process and discussions because of having plans, so there are definitely benefits for us.
Yeah, we've definitely got kicked back from it. If anybody is having a discussion with us, they've got a website to go to, and that website is populated with good professional renders and plan options people can go to.
...We've got another build now that we've pre-sold that came to us via our website and because they saw this home.
From the start, it probably saves a month when having a good concept plan to start with, which is massive when you think of all your expenses over that time.
Recently we've had the experience where we've gone to a designer and said, "look, we're busy at the moment. You guys come up with a concept", and it was just nowhere near what we were after. So then we had to come up with something and then go back. So it does save a good month, I would say, in terms of going back and forth.
The laundry was changed into a separate room (from the garage), The bathroom and ensuite layouts were altered, and the floor area slightly increased.
"From the start, it probably saves a month when having a good concept plan to start with, which is massive when you think of all your expenses over that time."