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“Copy of a letter sent direct to Master Builders Association

Ms Shelley Gold & Mr Steven Harrity 16th February 2009

Mr Paul Lawrence,Master Builder Association
FOREST LODGE NSW

Dear Paul,Re: Building Excellence

This is a testament with regards to excellence in building our new home through Craftsman Homes Southern Highlands.
We started with weighing up the odds of fixing up the old house or building brand new.
I found Craftsman Homes on the internet and gave them a ring. I explained our circumstances and budget to Allana and within the hour was emailed several homes that had been built before with prices to peruse.
As first time home builders, we naturally were reluctant to pursue any new home until we met up with Nick and Allana to see what firstly was possible on our land, secondly, an estimated cost and lastly but most importantly, what council would and would not allow.
From our initial meeting with Nick and Allana we knew we were in good hands. They were not from this area but obviously investigated all aspects of the local councils DCP and informed us of what was clearly acceptable by council and what was not.
We then agreed that a knock down rebuild was the best way to go and Craftsman Homes Southern Highlands was our choice builder.
Too be frank, to date, we never heard a complaint from Craftsman about our pain in the butt council or rangers and yet we knew there were several hiccups, hurdles and constraints.
The day after demolition completion, Nick commenced preparation to build. In fact, from start to finish, the build took 3 months and 1 week. There were no corners cut, just hard work and long hours put into our home and it shows!
Our home is beautiful. It turned out to be beyond the expected. The craftsmanship, quality and dedication from both Nick and Allana are a true testament that Craftsman Homes Southern Highlands are well worth their weight in gold and we would have no hesitation to recommend the team to anyone considering building a new home.
If anyone would like to discuss this matter in further detail, please do not hesitate to call us.”
- Shelley Gold & Steven Harrity

“Craftsman Homes were brilliant in every aspect of building our home. From the design process,right through to the final touches, Craftsman and their tradesmen were professional, knowledgeable and always worked to the highest standards, we were very impressed by our builder Ashley Elford, and make no hesitations in recommending him, We are extremely happy in our new home and are confident we will be for many years to come.” - Michael & Tiffany 2014

“Dear Sir / Madam,

Last year we built our home with Craftsman Homes Southern Highlands.

After hearing many horror stories of people building homes and how long it took and all the problems they had encountered we were a bit dubious and hoping it would all run smoothly.

We need not have worried as Allana and Nick Storrier were fantastic to deal with from the moment we first spoke to Allana right through until handover of our house and also afterwards.

They were always prompt in replying to concerns or question we had and nothing was too much trouble for them and they were always happy to help with anything.

To be only dealing with same two people throughout the whole project made things so much easier as everyone knew what was happening.

The quality of the workmanship was exceptional and Allana had all the tradesman well organised which meant that due to good weather and her amazing organisational skills we had our house completed to a high standard in 10 weeks.

We have recommended them to many people and cannot praise them enough.
Anyone who has the pleasure of dealing with Nick and Allana will definitely be impressed with their professionalism and high standard and quality of their work. they take pride in the homes that they build for their clients.

They have made the whole building experience a breeze and so effortless and we would have no hesitation in having them build another home for us.

They are great representatives of Craftsman homes.


Kind regards

Heidi Searle-Aalto and Ari Aalto

High Range, New South Wales
- Heidi Searle-Aalto and Ari Aalto

“To Whom it May Concern
24th January 2010

Our building project started when we discovered a building block, that whilst having some extreme gradients, also offered the promise of extensive bush & water views.
After a search of local & out of Sydney builders, I came across Craftsman Homes. We had a look at their range of homes finding that there were a number that had the potential to fit what we were after.
Our object was to build an open plan house, which took advantage of the natural bush and river views.
What really sealed it for me, in terms of having the confidence to deal with Craftsman Homes, was meeting the Southern Highlands Craftsman team of Nick & Allana Storrier.
Nick struck me as a no non-sense builder whose word could be relied upon and he was ably supported by his wife Allana, who handled all the paperwork.
We spent a number of weeks designing floor plans based on our needs. These rough sketches were then passed on to Nick & Allana, who came back to us with further plans which had been reworked by the staff at Craftsman’s head office.
We settled on the design and plans were submitted to council. Due to the fact that our land was in fire prone area, there were a number of hurdles which had to be negotiated with council and the Rural Fire Service.
The actual building commenced in late July 2009 and the project moved ahead swiftly, culminating in completion in early December 2009.
Both my wife and I are very happy with the finished product, we have a house which is very functional and has added bonus of expansive bush and water views.

Yours faithfully”
- Ian & Diane Foscholo Bangor NSW

“I love my new home! Alan and Marg of Craftsman Homes Tweed Heads made having my home built a stress-free experience, they guided me through the process, always keeping me in the loop but looking after the day-to-day happenings so I didn't have to worry about it.

When choosing a builder I wanted someone who would give me choices but also advice on the best, most practical way to do things. Alan shared his thought on what extras were worth spending more money on and what weren't. I felt a lot more comfortable dealing with an actual qualified builder with years of experience rather than a salesman who just sells houses.

The quality of my Craftsman Home is second to none and I would not hesitate to ask Alan to build my next home.



- Misty Palmer

“My beautiful house in Pottsville was completed ready for occupation well ahead of schedule, in fact construction time was only 3 months.

I chose Alan & Margaret McGuiness “Craftsman Homes”, as my builder for 3 reasons.

The first & most important was the ease of communication with both. Alan clearly explained all steps & was available to discuss concerns that I had. The whole selection of fittings, colours, finishes was so easy and effective. His design lady was great. I got what I wanted.

The second was the expertise Alan had with building on slope. I Had a difficult block & Alan was able to advise both myself & my Architect as to best & most successful way to adapt my original design to meet the landscape & council conditions. When I build again, I will begin with Alan & his design knowledge, not use and architect at all.

The third was Alan price & his itemizing all costs clearly, so that I knew what I was paying for. Alan made some suggestions for changes during construction & priced these so that I knew exactly what costs were entailed.

I have lots of feedback about the excellence of construction & the fininshed product. I am totally satisfied & delighted with my home & suffered none of the trauma my friends had warned me about.

Thanks Alan & Marg for a job well done



- Judy McDonough

“Nick & Allana
Most if not all hinpeople, looking to Build their dream home have two things that are most worrisome.... How will it cost and who will build it. Whilst we definitely pushed the first one to its limit, on the second point it is safe to say we nailed it.
our site, was for lack of a better term.... was a horror to build on. Sloping significantly downwards from front to back we can only imagine what Nick must have thought when he first saw it! The thing is it did no seem to worry you guys in the least.
From day 1 to handover and beyond both of you have been accommodating, hard working, fair and most important of all able to understand and share in our dream.
The quality of workmanship and professional integrity that you have provided us Nick as a builder is something that we know is rare to find in the indusrty. Having already built 3 homes prior to this you have by far and away set a benchmark that we think would be hard for anyone else to attain. For this we thank you so much.
Allana all throughout the process you have been so helpful, even when we have made those quirky client requests that we're sure you would have rolled your eyes at more than once.
The fact that you were so friendly to deal with and proactive in managing the logistics made us feel that we were in good hands.
We thank you for the contribution you have both made to deliver not just a house but a Home that we are proud to ours.
Janine and i have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending you to our family,friends, and beyond. In addition to that we would welcome any potential clients into our home to see your see your work first hand.
All the Very Best
- Scott & Janine Connors 2011

“Upon first meeting Alan we were impressed, we found him willing to listen to our needs as well as offering suggestions we might consider in the building process. We were certain at this point that we had found our builder.

Alan has been working with the same team of sub contractors for over 20 years & they were both professional & enjoyable to work with.

He is and organized & hands on builder frequently on the job site checking the progress & the quality of the workmanship.

Thank you so much for a beautiful & well built home. People who watched it daily as it was being built say they were impressed with the quality of construction.

Alan did not hesitate to call us for clarification & updates during the construction process. Phone calls/emails made to Alan & Marg were promptly returned. We felt excellent communication existed between us during the building process.

Alan takes pride in his work & Believes his homes are a reflection of his abilities as a builder.

We would give him the highest recommendation as a builder, & also as a person.


- Glen & Tina Stirling

“Thank you for building us a lovely home.” - Joe & Claudia

“Just to say thank you for our new home. It is a major decision for most people finding a builder who you can feel confident with. We ceratinly know we made the right decision.” - Glenys & John

“Thank you both for everything. We love our new home, It's just wonderful.

- Love Des, Vicky, Jamie, Nick & Tahlia

“We would like to convey our thanks to you both for the home you have built for us. We have been in for almost 4 months, and in that time it has truly become our home...

Our entire experience with you, from the first meeting, to handover was exceptional. Your patience and guidance was welcome, especially as this has been our first experience in building.

You are of course, the only builders we would choose if we ever did this again, and we have certainly recommended your business to others”
- Tasmania

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for all your hard work in building our new home at Shearwater. We could not be happier with our home. What you have given us is our dream home, at a price we could afford.

You have both made this process completely stress free for us. From the moment we first entered your office, to the day you handed over the keys, the entire process has been so easy, pleasant and enjoyable.

Your entire team at Craftsman Homes are so friendly, approachable and informative...”
- Tasmania

“When I was looking for a local builder to help me with a retirement investment, I searched for a team who could satisfy my needs.
Let me say this, Craftsman Homes professional approach, from first contact to handover, impressed me greatly”
- Lennox Head Client

“Just a note to say thank you to Alan for building us a beautiful home. Always so obliging with what ever request

- Warmest Regards Kath & Dave

“Thank you so much for everything. You have helped us so much, right from the start, by helping us choose the best design for our block - which we think couldn't be better! We are so proud of the finished product and have peace of mind knowing it has been well constructed and has a quality finish and appearance that speaks for itself. We couldn't be happier and will spend many years to come enjoying life in our Craftsman Homes.

It has been a pleasure dealing with you and a big thank you to all involved.”
- Carolyn & Barry Bryant

“Thank you very much for your help during the building period ... bless you for your patience!” - Ballina Client 2002

“Thanks so much for our lovely home and already it feels like we've lived here for years. We love it. You will be highly recommended by us, to anyone who wants to build.

Thanks again”
- Kath & Dave

“We'd like to thank you for the service and smiles we got from you during and after the construction of our new home. Being an ex-builder myself, I can honestly vouch for the quality of the finished product and have no hesitation in recommending your services.

Thanking you with sincere satisfaction

- George & Mary Woolley

“Thanks for building our beautiful home.
We're really happy with the quality workmanship and attention to detail.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Craftsman Homes.

- Paul & Mary

“A year ago we moved to Woombah for employment reasons and we started the process of looking for a home to purchase. We looked at display homes and talked to builders but until we went to Ballina and looked at a Craftsman Home we'd had no success.
At Craftsman we met a salesman. He was most helpful. We picked a plan we liked and told him what alterations we would like. He made the alterations and drew up a plan.
From start to finish Craftsman contact us whenever a problem arose and never went ahead until we said to. their tradespeople were very efficient and their work was of a high standard. The home was finished well on time.
We have been in our home for three months now and have found that Craftsman Homes after sales service is good as the service we received from the time we signed the contract until the house was finished. We would recommend Craftsman Homes to anyone wanting to build a new home”
- North Coast Client 2002

“Thank you very much for your help during the building period ... bless you for your patience!” - Ballina Client 2002

“From the very beginning right until completion I found everyone to be very helpful and understanding, and the house turned out to be more magnificent than I envisioned” - Byron Bay Client 2002

“My fellow home buyers, having worked around the halls of Old Parliament House for many years I have become somewhat of an expert of fine workmanship, quality materials, attention to the finest detail and I also have an appreciation for excellent design.
When I was looking for a builder to help me with a retirement investment, I searched for a team who could satisfy my needs. Let me say this, Craftsman Homes professional approach, from the first contact to handover, impressed me greatly.
Having said that, the ease in which the project was completed without me having to be on the job during construction was a pleasant surprise.
So I tell you, if you don't go to Craftsman Homes for your new home you could be missing out on one of the best deals available in Australia.”
- Canberra Client R J Hawk

“We were guided in the choice of our home, with free design consultations and the inclusions which Craftsman Homes provide are of an extremely high standard.
Our home was built on time, within budget, and the quality of our finished home is superior to that of a "Project Home" builders. We can only offer the greatest praise for the Craftsman Home Team.”
- Wollongbar Client

“Hi, Craftsman Homes have just completed my new home and I am totally rapt.
From my first visit, to the handing over of the keys, the Craftsman Homes team was co-operative, helpful, really professional and easy to get on with.
Craftsman Homes built me a customised version of one of their huge range of designs. It took less time to build than I imagined.
The finished product is better than I expected and the competitive initial price quoted me was in fact the final price I paid for my new home. The only extra costs I had were for variations I asked for.
So if you are looking for a quality home at a realistic price, you can't go past the team at Craftsman Homes."”
- Kyogle Client

“We are very pleased with the building and look forward to many, many years spent enjoying bout our new holiday home and the lovely location.
We want to thank you for all your efforts to bring our plans to fruition and the manner in which the many items which needed discussion were handled. Trough out the six months construction, the work progressed smoothly and in a very satisfactory manner. Our neighbours in fact went out of their way to comment on how well the site was managed and the lack of disruption to the immediate area.
We are very pleased with the quality of the building and the workmanship has been excellent. Both inside and out, the house looks and feels first rate.
Thank you for your helpful assistance throughout and also we express our sincere appreciation to all of the pleasant and professional people who worked on the project. You have a great team.

With our thanks and good wishes.”
- David & Helen Evans

“Pip & I continue to be very happy with the house here in Yass. Despite the winds and extremes of weather, we have had no structural issues/whatever to worry about. Some of our neighbors have not been as fortunate. It certainly paid to go with you & your team.
Sounds like the business is also going well with the new Display home looking very nice. Congratulations.
If you’re passing by this way, feel free to drop in. It would be good to catch up.

- Mark & Pip