Homepacks Build with Seth Loveridge II

We recently spoke with Seth from Loveridge Enterprise Builders about using Homepacks and one of their concept plan builds...

What’s your background?

Hi, Seth here from 'Loveridge Enterprise Builders Ltd.' and trading as LEB. I am a qualified NZ Joiner and Carpenter. I did my joinery apprenticeship and stuck with joinery for about six years before doing my carpentry apprenticeship. We are based in Morrinsville, and I formed the company in 2010. I now have ten staff and a really good team. We focus on mid to high end residential new builds, and that's working really well for LEB.

Why did you choose our concept plans for your business?

I choose Homepacks as I wanted a set of plans for LEB and our clients. I also wanted a website which I had not got around to doing either. I communicated with Sam from Homepaks for some time before signing up with ten home plans. Sam was good to deal with, and we now have 65 home plans on our LEB website, and it all works well. I chose Homepaks because I didn't want the cost of setting plans up with an architect. Before Homepacks, I was using some plans that Placemakers had on their system.

What reservations did you have about purchasing our concept plans?

It was just nerves of handing over the money. Quite a few phone calls and emails with Sam and we went ahead.

What benefits have you found from using Homepacks concepts?

It has increased new builds for LEB. Made it easier for clients to find an initial floor plan and work from there. I have had good comments about the layout of our LEB website aswell.

Have you found having Homepacks concepts help to draw more customer inquiries and leads into your business?

Yes, the whole system works well. Yes, it has drawn more customers in for us.

How does having your own range of plans help you?

The plans give a great starting point for new clients. Also speeds up the consent plan process and the concepts are already done. Of course, most clients will make some small plan changes.

How have you found working with predesigned, customisable concept plans?

It has sped up growth for LEB and made things easier for drawing in new clients.

Here's a Homepacks plan Seth & his team built:

The orginal artist impression by Homepacks
View from a similar angle, showing blocks instead of the original timber wings.
The two main pavilions split by the large foyer glass outlook.
Blocks and vertical shiplap cedar were the two claddings of choice
Vertical shiplap cedar close-up
Looking down on the build showing the three main pavilions.

What custom changes were made to the original concept plan?

This build is 394m² and based on a Homepaks plan. The changes we made to the original floor plan was adding a second walk-in wardrobe to the master bedroom, so we had his and hers. We added a wall and internal door to the reading nook and made that an office/fifth bedroom, we also doubled the size of the garage to make it a four-bay car garage. The garage and bedroom wing are all 2.4m stud, the entry/media/kitchen/dining are all 2.7m stud, and the Lounge is 3.0m high stud. All high spec build with negative detail around all windows, doors, architraves and skirtings. Fully tiled bathrooms, feature cladding and outdoor roofing.

What was the value of this build?

Just a bit over the 1 Mil.

Are you happy with your plans?

Yes, we are happy, I would recommend Homepacks!

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