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My experience with Certified Plans and Chamberlain Carpentry & Joinery.
In May 2015, I decided to build a new house in Taupo. Having found a site with a good view of Lake Taupo - it was time to find a top notch builder.
Having checked out plans from all the competitor building companies, I easily chose a plan “Totara” from the range of plans offered by Certified Builders.
The plan appealed to me because it met all the criteria on my wish list:
1. An attractive, single storey, house - with no stairs
2. A spacious airy layout for kitchen, lounge, and media room
3. 3x decent sized bedrooms (master with ensuite – and a guest bathroom) - and a study. (I work from home)
4. 3x full sized internal access garage car spaces
I really liked the artist’s impression of the house on the brochure – so asked Ian Chamberlain if we could “build that”.
I needed to have 3 changes made to the standard plan to have the house be just right:
a. Swap the positions of the separate laundry and 3rd bedroom
b. Make the 3rd garage longer (so that it could accommodate a 6 metre vehicle)
c. Add a large gas fireplace in the lounge
The plans were updated, the consents obtained – and work began on 1 July. I moved in in mid-November. The job was completed to the highest of standards, on time, and even better, on budget.
A building experience cannot be much better than this, Ian and his team were fantastic to get along with – and the finished home is just perfect.
I’m more than happy to recommend Chamberlain Carpentry & Joinery, and Certified Plans to anyone looking to build.
Ian built a 73 square metre deck and stairway on the front of my house in Bernard Street in Taupo in December 2006, you can see it from the lakefront and probably from space! Also, Ian replaced the kitchen benchtops in the same house soon after.
I have been thoroughly impressed with Ian's and his employee's work ethic, coordination with other contractors, ongoing dialogue with myself and my partner as to work in progress and above all craftsmanship.
I can recommend Ian to anyone considering a building or joinery project.
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