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by Design Builders

last updated 22/06/2022

Built Around You

by Design Builders

last updated 22/06/2022

Design Builders offers a sustainable and profitable business model for ambitious people seeking more

Paul, Alex and Kaye Caddick of Design Builders Canterbury

Are you a motivated, passionate person who sets and maintains high standards? Do you have building, construction or design experience? Are you looking for a smarter way to succeed in an increasingly challenging and frustrating marketplace? ‘Then talk to Design Builders,’ says Andrew Price. ‘Instead of a traditional building franchise, we offer a shared partnership model that is the key to a sustainable and profitable business – and a better and brighter future.’ 

Andrew Price of Design Builders
Andrew Price

With an excellent 30-year track record, Design Builders are totally focused on creating innovative design-and-build homes – no catalogue or templates. ‘We call it A home built around you, and we take the same approach to our 10 partnerships around the country,’ says Andrew, who is the company’s CEO. ‘There’s nothing standard about us. 

‘Our regional partners all have excellent construction industry knowledge, and a keen interest in architecture and design. They also have ambition and a hunger to succeed, which is why they joined Design Builders. As a partner, you tap into some serious marketing muscle with a premier brand for Kiwis seeking to create superb one-off homes. You benefit from our buying power, and have access to a proven, award-winning design team which includes a registered architect. With three design offices across the country, initial floor plans can be produced in a matter of weeks. 

‘And then there’s the mentoring and support. We’ve got eyes and experience across all of the stuff that’s hard to wrap your head around when getting started in business – from strategy, sales and finance to health & safety and compliance. There’s assistance with managing labour demands, and maintaining quality standards. Our systems, training and support mean that our partners can work to their strengths while having the back-up they need to survive and thrive.’

Sam Perrin, the regional partner in the Bay of Plenty, agrees. ‘Before Design Builders, I lacked the systems and processes to take my business to the next level. I’m more of a builder than an academic, and Design Builders have helped me fill in the blanks. The transition to becoming a regional partner was easy.’

South Island focus

While there are still a few North Island areas available, Design Builders is now looking for new regional partners across the South Island. The key focus for 2022 is on Dunedin, Queenstown and the Wanaka Lakes district, as well as Nelson and Blenheim. ‘If you have the experience, we can teach you the systems to help your business grow,’ says Andrew. ‘Ask for our booklet, which outlines the benefits and compares the financial outcomes with a typical group home franchise.’

In total, a new partner will require access to around $190,000 to purchase a region and provide some working capital. Once established, new partners can expect a solid return on investment in addition to a healthy salary, Andrew says. ‘We have a few creative ways to help pave the way in for the right people, so contact me to find out more – I’m happy to run through the numbers with potential partners.’

A partner’s perspective

Alex Caddick is managing director of Design Builders Canterbury, supported by fellow directors Paul and Kaye Caddick. He’s worked his way up through the building industry from his days as an apprentice, with the goal of owning a design and build company that focused purely on building bespoke dream homes for clients. When a friend referred him to Andrew Price, he made the life-changing decision to get on board as a regional partner.

‘The model means that every single partner is genuinely there to help you,’ he explains. ‘Working with others on a contra basis when you first start out helps reduce financial pressure on the company, which is a challenge for so many businesses – especially in this industry – and it speeds up the learning process. Everything is logical and easy to understand, and you can tap into a library of knowledge from other group members and staff.

‘There’s been a shift in the market as people look for homes that stand out, and Design Builders meets exactly that need. The partnership has exceeded our expectations and we enjoy a steady stream of enquiry from people wanting a unique, bespoke dream home.’

Stake your claim

From his perspective, Andrew Price believes the Caddicks’ success with their Design Builders business all comes down to their strong work ethic. ‘They listened and embraced the systems and support, and they have a great network – all of which helped them get off to a flying start. I truly love seeing outcomes like this.

‘If you’re a building professional, now’s an ideal time to be thinking about your future. It’s important to have a sustainable business to ride out the various cycles of New Zealand’s residential building market, and a Design Builders business can not only help with that, but help you grow an increasingly valuable business in a very desirable niche.

‘We are staking our claim as New Zealand’s design and build specialists. Along with our brand’s marketing momentum, that means 2022 is a great time to jump on board. We’re holding information evenings around  the country soon, so call me today about opportunities in your region.’  

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