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Home-ownership Possible for Waikato Students


"We see this home as an investment - it's an opportunity to set us up long term."

Sensible words from banker, Matt Armstrong. He, along with wife Celeste and three children, recently moved into their new home. Spanning over 34 meters end to end, it sits on a generously proportioned lifestyle block, just south of Auckland.

We want four children, so finding something big enough, in the right area and at the right price that we actually liked… Well, it wasn’t possible - buying just wasn’t an option. This way, we get to choose what we want, how we want it and with plenty of space.”


Gabriela and Charlotte settled into their Greenhill Park abode in July last year. A busy lifestyle requires balance, so to counteract hectic schedules, they opted for Classic Builder’s, House and Land Package; a simple solution which matched their situation perfectly.

”I work fulltime, attend CrossFit up to five times a week and in my weekends, freelance as a web designer. Charlotte is a full time science student at the university. In order for us to focus, our home needed to be as fuss free as possible”.

“We both dislike D.I.Y, so we knew our home had to be relatively low maintenance. We were excited by the idea, of owning something new. Charlotte’s family home was constantly being worked on, so living in a completely finished house is amazing for her. In comparison to an older home, a new home is a breeze and doesn’t involve sanding, paint drips or dust. In fact, there’s not much to do and what does need doing, we both really enjoy”.

A place to call their own, has allowed Gabriela and Charlotte the capacity to build a garden bed, growing the majority of their produce. Plans to install a spa pool are in place and thanks to the large outdoor patio and generous size of the back lawn, there’s plenty of room to do so.

Ensuring themselves a little luxury, the master bedroom includes the must have’s - ensuite, walk in wardrobe and very own, private patio. With structure and layout taken care of, Gabriela and Charlotte had time to add a personalised touch to the interior fit out.

“We love the monochrome colour scheme we chose for the kitchen – the black cabinetry contrasts the white benchtop and marble-look floor tiles perfectly. We were thrilled when Classic Builders gave us the option to upgrade our benchtop to a thicker version, because it meant we were able to achieve the result we were originally going for. We found it appealing to be given the opportunity, to tailor certain aspects of the build, which would better suit our taste”.

Hamilton homes, more often than not, are steeped in history. Villas and bungalows, although glorious to look at, require a lot of love and continual upkeep. Living in the chilly cicada city, spurs even the toughest of seasoned farmers to fantasise about warmth, let alone a girl acclimatised to the South American heat. Thanks to double glazing and insulation, Gabriela found the transition effortless.

“Classic Builders helped make it possible for us to own something that’s all ours. They are good at what they do, simply by communicating. The entire process was straight forward and we were kept informed throughout. Building a home doesn’t need to be overwhelming, but it helps to have a clear idea of what you want. If you can afford to pay a little extra to upgrade fittings or materials, do it. It makes a huge difference to the end result and is worth it, to get the look and feel you imagined”.

Browse our House & Land Packages in Greenhill Park here