Innovative ideas led to success for Christchurch’s Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL), when they took out the National Award in the Nulook Builder’s Own Home category in the Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year, in association with PlaceMakers.
MBL owner Mark Metzger says the primary focus for the home was to be innovative and try out some new approaches.
“We wanted to challange new ideas fresh to the market, offering clients an insight into what we are capable of achieving for them,” Mr Metzger says.
“We always like to add variety to our projects. It can make things a bit harder but we like to ensure we’re always ahead of the market and are up to speed with the latest products.”
Unlike many builders who get into the industry by completing an apprenticeship straight from school, Mr Metzger made his first foray into the industry by building his own home.
“I trained as a teacher but in my first year of teaching I built my own home. Once I had a taste of the industry I didn’t look back. Building fuelled my fire!”
Mark and Ali Metzger started MBL in 1996, and say their key point of differentiation is offering the full package.
“We offer everything from referring architects that suit the client’s budget and style to Ali’s help with interior design. She works at no cost to clients to help them create the perfect home.
“Sometimes clients who have never built a house don’t know where to start when it comes to design. Our first point of call is having clients come and visit our show home, which is our own home. Here they can see the quality of our work and get some new ideas,” Mr Metzger says.
“We have a very personal approach from start to the finish, with weekly meetings throughout the building process – it creates peace of mind for our clients.”
Mr Metzger says his company has really reaped the rewards of its success in the 2008 House of the Year competition.
“The competition gives you great exposure, which is important in this economic climate. Everyone’s been finding it tough but having awards to your name eases some of the pressure.
“We’ve had numerous clients come to us as a result of our success in the 2008 competition. Some we have commenced working for and others are at the design stage. It’s also great that we have followed this up with success in the 2009 Canterbury House of the Year.”