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Homepacks Build with Philip & Laurie II

We recently spoke with Philip & Laurie from Bingley Design & Build in Tasmania about using Homepacks and this new concept plan build...

What's your background?

I've been in the industry for about 20 years. I worked in a family building business for nearly 15 years and worked for myself for 5 years. We have four full-time staff now, plus me and Laurie, my wife.

Why did you and Laurie choose Homepacks for your business?

We were looking to do something a little bit different to everybody else, and I thought adding a design element could attract more clients. We were also seeing a lot of clients coming to us with plans for houses that they couldn't afford to build. We figured, if we had some control from the start with the design phase, we could work with people's budgets better.

What reservations did you and Laurie have before purchasing? 

We were a little hesitant due to the cost outlay and whether it would be successful and create more business for us.

...And have you found that to create more business for you?

Oh, absolutely! With the website and the Homepacks, it's created heaps of interest, our leads have gone up like 300 per cent, and we get really good reviews.

What benefits have you found from having your Homepacks?

It gives us the advantage of being a one-stop-shop. So a client and come to us say, "we want to build a new home, we like the look of this; this is our budget." We can deal with them right from the start, we can meet their budget requirements still, give them the look of the house that they like, and then they really don't go anywhere else

...Is it helping you control your sales better?

Aw, for sure! Yeah, it does, and it stops us from having to compete for every job against other builders.

Have you found it brings in more customer enquiries?

Yes, definitely, a lot more! People think in pictures, so when they can see something, it makes them much more comfortable with what they're going to get. When they go to a draftsman or an architect, they might have a couple of ideas, but if they can actually see something that appeals to them right from the start, it makes them a lot more comfortable.

 ...And does that translate into comfort moving forward signing contracts?

Yeah, yes, it does! They can see right from the start what they're going to get. There's none of this period of wondering whether it's going to look like what they want? Can they afford it once they've got the plans and go to a builder? ...We can get rid of a lot of those issues right at the start. It increases peoples confidence. 

Do you still feel like a custom home builder?

Yeah, for sure, we encourage people to customise the house to what they want. They don't feel like they have to stick exactly to the plan. If any little tweaks are going to suit their lifestyle, we're more than happy to help them with those. Obviously, there are also different levels of spending in terms of internal and outside finishes. The same design can be done at lots of different levels. 

"It's been the best business investment we've made!"

Here's a Homepacks plan Philip, Laurie & their team are building:

The original concept plan/ artist impression:
Framing up
Roof on, looking back at covered outdoor living
Looking back at the main living and master suite wing.
Looking out of the main lounge with covered outdoor living.
flooring in, gib on.
Hallway to bedrooms


How would you describe your investment in Homepacks?

It's been the best business investment I've made!

...If I could make one investment like this each year, I would be retired pretty quickly.

It hasn't been a huge outlay for an ongoing return, and there's always the option to upgrade as you guys develop new concepts. You can always be keeping up with the latest design trends and what people are wanting.

Was there anything you found helpful that you didn't realise you'd get before getting started with us?

I've been super impressed with that after-sales service from you personally and all the help you've given with our website and things like that; it's made it a really easy process.

Are new-build clients now more comfortable during your sales stage?

Oh, they are, they are for sure! ...They're only having to deal with one person.

...A lot of people might be thinking about building a house or like the idea of it, but find it a little bit overwhelming to go to an architect or a designer and sit there and tell them what they want. And quite often they don't understand what it's going to cost them, where they come to us and they can say I've had a look at your website and I like that house and pretty much say "this is what we want to do." how much will that cost? An estimate and I can do that without it being a real big deal to them. And I can either say, "that's a bit more than what we want to spend" or "that's spot on. Let's move forward on it". It's just not as an imposing process.

It's working out really good; we've been very happy with it!

"It's been the best business investment we've made!"

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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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