Business North March 2021

| 83 Timber kitset buildings winning accolades T Karen Phelps Customkit Buildings produces a range of timber kitset buildings for a variety of market segments. “Ecospan allows us to produce large clear spans while maintaining strength and adaptability...” Customkit Buildings BUILDING C ustomkit Buildings has won two big awards in 2020: the Best Eco-Friendly Wood Building Company New Zealand Home and Garden Award and a Best of Houzz Design Award. Customkit Buildings senior marketing executive Hannah Richards says that such accolades reflect the fact that the company is right on track. “The design award indicates our designs have captured the eye of a lot of people and been well-shared on the Houzz site,” says Hannah. “The House and Garden award is an impor- tant recognition of the work we are doing. In today’s world where we are so much more aware of environmental impact, the fact that timber is a sustainable and renewable re- source sits well with our company philosophy and we would like to think we contribute to New Zealand’s clean green image.” Customkit Buildings began in 1993 and produces a range of timber kitset buildings for a variety of market segments. “We a vast range of plans to choose from and are frequently used as a starting point however we are more than happy to start from scratch and customise a client’s own per- sonal design to fit their individual needs,” says customer services manager Tanya Parker. Tanya was a Customkit Buildings client before working for the company so can offer a unique perspective. “I enjoyed the transparency of the process. They really listened. There was also a lot of flexibility in the process – I could be as in- volved as much or as little as I wanted to be.” “It’s about helping our clients spend their money wisely,” adds Hannah. “We listen to what they want then offer suggestions to help them achieve their goals within their budget.” Customkit Buildings only uses high quality materials, sourced and manufactured from re- newable resources throughout New Zealand. Customkit Buildings has a network of builders throughout New Zealand or clients are wel- come to use their own builder. But it’s not just residential buildings that Customkit Buildings makes. Ecospan was launched in 2011 and supplies prefabricated portals to the likes of Architects and Engineers fulfilling the increasing demand for wood, which offers an excellent alternative to concrete and steel in commercial applica- tions. “We have a preference for working with timber as there are many benefits some of the reasons are because we believe it is a cost effective and user-friendly alternative to other forms of construction. “Our product allows us to produce large clear spans while maintaining strength and adaptability meaning we can design and construct buildings with versatility to fit all manner of applications. “In doing this we are able to cover a range of buildings from smaller lifestyle type barns, sheds and utility buildings to much larger multi-purpose and commercial buildings, not forgetting the housing side of things.” SHOWROOM 84A Elizabeth Knox Place, St Johns, Auckland - Barn Door Hardware and Accessories - Set Size Barn Doors - Shelves and Brackets - Industrial Pipe Hardware - Pull Handles - Decorative Hardware eg Hooks / Strap Hinges / Dummy Hinges + More PH: 0800 111 005 All items are in stock, off the shelf ready to dispatch country wide. We specialize in providing quality barn door hardware and set size barn doors. To complement these, our Iron Soul brand offers character hardware pieces.