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Oakford Homes - A wise choice!
My first point of contact with Oakford homes was with the owner Tom himself. I explained how this was a second time build for us and discussed the issues we had with a different builder and that I was being extremely careful and wanted to make the right decision. Considering our block was narrow, we required a custom plan to suit us. Tom listened and provided guidance and put us in touch with one of his consultants who specialised in custom design. Guy who also has building experience worked with us taking the time and patience to walk us throu...gh the process and design the plan we had drawn up ourselves. Guy was quick with his responses to emails and was thorough and very informative. We were able to move swiftly and felt confident in our choice to sign up with Oakford. We liked that their standard inclusions were of a better specification than other builders. We did not feel pressured and allowances were made for the extras we wanted to include so we could see upfront the cost of the entire build before we signed. Oakford were very accurate with the estimates on the footings and therefore we were not surprised by the cost. Once construction started the build took approximately 6 months. The trades were all professional and the site was kept clean. Our supervisor was thorough and informative. We have been in our new home for 5 months and feel very comfortable to recommend Oakford Homes to anyone who is thinking of building. With Oakford it doesn't matter if your budget is big or small, they can work it to suit you and you will be happy you chose them. Thank you Tom and team for your help in making our dream a reality!
A Great Experience
a number of stages are critical to a successful and happy build, Oakford Homes in my opinion rated very good to excellent in all of them i.e.
1. display homes - genuine and understated if anything given they are capable of much more. Very Good
2. sales process - honest, reliable and do their best. Excellent
3. administration process - they struggle at times with workload, processes outside of their control and the obvious need to be accurate. Very Good
4. construction and supervision. Excellent.
5. post handover. only some very minor issues and done without any fuss. Excellent.
This was our seventh build and our second one with Oakford. It was our best experience in building so far.
When looking for a builder a family member who is in the trade suggested Oakford. Glad he did as they have given us a good looking, quality home which was a hassle free experience. We have an unusually long, skinny block and they helped us find a design that would fit, but also give us the room we needed. The finished product is so spacious, considering only 7 metres wide!! The selection process was fun as each component a separate adventure so not so mind boggling. Plans were finalized quickly as we were going away, which meant the build co...uld start. It was exciting to return home and find a frame up. A couple of issues on inspection date were soon fixed in time for handover . Cost wise the original estimate was pretty close to final figure. An unknown underground tank was found on the property at time of excavation which had to be removed and dumped which added to the cost. Otherwise the build was done in the time predicted. We just love being there!! And plenty of room for the family.
Quality Builder that you can trust
This was our first build so we didn't really know what to expect, but from some of the stories we have heard of other Builders in Adelaide we know we made the right decision in choosing Oakford to build our new house! Kimberley, the salesperson was really helpful and knowledgeable from the start and we like that she was down to earth and easy to talk to but also knew her stuff. Oakford made the selections process really easy and we found that inclusions were well above standard. Glenn was our Site Supervisor and we think we got really lucky in ...having such an awesome guy to oversee our build. He always went above and beyond and always stuck to his word! We understand that his job is highly stressful but he was always so calm and straightforward with everything. Whilst there were a few small issues along the way (like in any build) they were always sorted quickly and efficiently. Overall we are really happy with our new house and we get so many comments on it. Would we recommend Oakford Homes? Yes we would and have already done so! Thanks to everyone at Oakford Homes for the hard work put in to build our house.
Don't think twice, fantastic builder.
Carpentry is my family trade, somehow I didn’t follow the trend but when I asked my uncles if Oakford was a trustworthy quality builder they said don’t think twice, they are the builder for you!
Our journey started in 2016, we took Oakford some plans and ideas we had drawn up for a block we were about to purchase, they helped us tweak and optimize the plan to fit our modest sized block. Other builders had only really been interested in selling us a ‘cookie cutter’ one size fits all house.
Selections was great fun and not stressful at all. Oakfo...
Great Experience from Start to Finish
Having had a nightmare experience with a previous builder I was apprehensive about building again. Oakford came highly recommended and certainly lived up to the recommendation. They have good processes in place that make building with them a very smooth experience. Every staff member I came in contact with was very helpful and professional and went out of their way to meet my needs. They use very good trades people who get it right the first time and provide you with a quality product. I am delighted with my new home which was on time and on budget. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Oakford Homes, I could not be happier.
Well done you guys
Our journey with Oakford sprang from a chance discussion with a tradie neighbour. When asked the merits of various builders and in response to a request for a recommendation, he unequivocally named Oakford as his preferred building company. When asked the basis of his recommendation, he responded with the advice that Oakford pay properly, pay on time, and treat their subbies, supervisors and customers with a level of respect that is not always apparent with some. As a consequence, he explained, subbies prefer to work with Oakford and so they...have managed to weed out any who cannot, do not, or will not comply with Oakford’s standards. The same applies to the supervisors. In consequence they have a well-motivated and stable workforce where the wheat has been sorted from the chaff. Our experience has borne that out. This has been our third total construct and we have also had two lots of additions. So we were well aware of potential issues. This has been the least complicated experience of the lot. From the initial sales enquiries, through the planning stages and ultimately the construction phase, nothing has appeared to be a problem. (A great change from a previous attempt with a builder who “is very leafy and grows near the water”. On that encounter it seemed that they wanted to build their house, not our home. The first disagreement came within ten minutes of our first meeting.) Not so with Oakford. Whenever we had questions queries or requirements, they were accommodated with a minimum of fuss. In only one instance did I have need to reject work of a subbie, (service trench inappropriately positioned). Our concern was acknowledged and rectified within 3 days. Our son, who has a building licence, kept a close eye on the work as it progressed, and expressed considerable praise for the work of the trades and especially the co-ordination prowess of our supervisor. From the time that dirt was cut until we took possession, the project flowed smoothly. About three months out we were given a completion date, and that was the day we had our final inspection. Well done David. As a cynical and hypercritical consumer, having now been in our home for a month, we have discovered nothing in the build quality with which we are unhappy. Without reservation I have no qualms about recommending Oakford as a builder worthy of consideration, for the construction of your new home.
Signed contract in May, received keys today! We lived in a larger Oakford home and decided to downsize. We chose Oakford for our new house as we were impressed with the quality of our previous home. A quality home at a competitive price with the highest building craftsmanship. Everyone at Oakford from Ron-sales, Juliette-selections, Megan-contracts and Neil the building supervisor exceptional. Ron answered all our initial questions and concerns professionally and friendly. Neil was excellent to deal with and answered any questions during the b...uilding process and his was communication timely and concise. The trade staff were friendly and helpful. A quality home finished 2 weeks early! We feel like it was family building our house as for eg trades would wave to us when drove by, Ron would stop and chat with us, it was also obvious that excellent service continued after contract signing. Absolutely no issues, completed at contracted price. Oakford building excellence! We love our home.
Excellent build and great service
Built with Oakford on our own block of land, using their design. The whole process was excellent and we were able to watch the home being constructed and speak with the various trades - all professional and taking pride in their work. Following hand-over, every minor defect was attended to promptly. There were no surprises or hidden costs, everything was documented and we have a beautiful home. Special thanks to Ron (sales), Juliette (selections) and Neil (supervior). No hesitation in recommending to anyone looking to build a new home.
We wanted a custom home with numerous changes to a standard design. We chose Oakford Homes because they offered that service and others had reported good outcomes. We were delighted with the whole process, from initial design, through council approval, then construction and final completion. The house was completed on-time and on-budget. The building supervisor paid close attention to detail and was a pleasure to deal with. We encountered some minor issues which Oakford resolved to our satisfaction. We would certainly recommend Oakford to others considering building a home.
Fantastic Builder - Broke the stereotype for us
Oakford took over our build after the Homestead bankruptcy debacle, and I have to say it was a blessing in disguise.
Oakford's customer service is amazing, they are well organised, thorough and build a quality home that we are very proud of.
In addition to this, their post construction support has been second to none, attending to any issues that we have raised without a question. Our 3 month maintenance list was completed in full, and they were there to ensure we were happy. We did not expect to get this support and have to say that Oakford turned our biggest nightmare into a distant memory.
Not a bad word to say.
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Fantastic house build experience.
Right from the initial saleswoman to the end building supervisor building our new home with Oakford was a great customer experience. Every representative of the company we came into contact with was friendly, helpful and professional. We felt valued and in great hands throughout the entire process. Our house is of a high structural quality and the finishes are also to a high standard. We lost count of the number of people in the industry who told us this about Oakford. The standard selections were contemporary, good quality and wide ranging. Chosen selection upgrades were not excessive in price. Six months in our new home and we remain thrilled with our decision to build with Oakford!
Oakford Homes Your still the Best
Well, our fourth build with Oakford Homes, there are several reason we always chose Oakford Homes again. From the very start with Ron May, he really knows design and what you need and will keep working with you until everything is exactly what you want. The whole team in this company is like a well oiled machine, everyone knows what to do and they do it really well. We have got to know them all and find each and every one of them friendly and very helpful." Love your work people" Our Supervisor, well what can I say, hard working, helpful, alwa...ys seems happy to take your call and discuss all stages of the build and address any concerns, Thank you so much, your the best. Now, we all know there are things that do not always go to plan, but, Oakford Homes we have found will do there very best to put your mind at ease and try to fix it. I would also like to mention, rarely do you hear from the tradies. I was fortunate enough to catch up with quite a few (all brilliant) and each and every one of them said that Oakford homes was the best for them to deal with and that they looked after their trade people very well. Finally, apart from helping unpack all these boxes, there work is done, Thank you again Oakford Homes
Questions & Answers
How can I obtain a ball park price on an Oakford design so that I will have some idea of what I can spend on a block of land..?
First time home builders and we are looking into Oakford homes but the quotes we are getting seem to be a lot cheaper than other companies which seems to worry me slightly. I was wondering if anyone has built with them and could give a rough idea of how much the final cost was compared to the starting quote? we are not looking for fancy high class products as we are young and would rather build within budget and upgrade latter where possible. Any help or advice would be very welcome. Thanks
I wouldn't be too concerned with the price. We found oakford to be exceptional value and having built before understood all the different specs. They're specs are in most cases better than the others for a lot less. I'm not sure why, maybe ask them, but I suspect their margins are smaller and therefore you save.
The quality wasn't compromised either.
I think you will find building with them and very easy process.
Who did you end up building with? And what was your experience like?
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