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A great experience
We purchased a block of land with a small slope and we required a builder that was experienced, that's why we chose Oakford Homes. A very high standard of finish throughout the build, from the planning process, concrete slab, right through to tiling, painting and fixtures and fittings. The build was managed by a very competent supervisor. Everything very organised during selection process, with backup available if required.
A building company that is very organised and the service and support was very much appreciated. They made building a pleasure.
Extremely happy with our Custom Home built by Oakford Homes
Our experience with Oakford Homes has been exemplary, they truly are the quintessential building company in South Australia.
Stacy and I purchased a block with a troubling slope and needed a building company with practical knowledge and experience to help us with our project. We customised our house to the block; minimising soil removal and retaining walls, while maximising the size of the house and using the natural features and view to our advantage. We took these basic drawings to an Oakford display centre and two very competent sales wom...en discussed in detail with us the experience Oakford have building custom homes, answering all questions and concerns we had. With this in mind, we signed with confidence to start the build as it fell into our tight budget. Our experience from those first few meetings didn't change, we then went on to meet Oakford Homes management and selections staff. We had an initial struggle with council to get the house approved as council wanted the house to be lowered another .7 meters. It doesn't sound like much however, the combination of slope and rock meant it was another budget breaker. Oakford Homes worked tirelessly with us to get the house approved at the original level and on its way (thank you). Oakford Homes was very helpful and contactable with any changes or selections issues and made the whole selection process a breeze. Throughout the whole process Oakford Homes quoted fairly and there was at no stage any horrible surprises. I found this to be a great stress reliever and from my opinion as a customer it was excellent! We had found a quality company that was affordable, honest and reliable.
Their finish quality was bad.
Their paint finish was terrible. Paint runs and spatter from the paint spraying causing rough surface finish. Some areas looked like it had only one coat. Spent the week sanding all the skirting and cleaning paint specks off the door handles and chrome balustrade. They should not have accepted a poor paint job like what we got.
On the plus side the cabinetry was excellent. [name removed] did a great job and their process was fantastic.
Happy with Oakford
We built two investment homes with Oakford. They were a pleasure to deal with from sales, estimating, selections and during construction. We were very happy with the quality of the workmanship and the site manager was easy to contact and responded to any issues promptly. We have built before and this was a much more pleasurable experience and we would use them again.
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Happy With Oakford
My wife and I can thoroughly recommend this builder. The sales consultant was very helpful during the design phase. The selection process was seamless with a lot of advice given on color, design.
We were impressed with the quality of the Oakford’s standard fittings. We only had to make a few upgrades.
We were on site during most of the build and were impressed with the quality of workmanship.
In particular we were impressed with the building supervisor for his attention to detail as well as his willingness to keep us up to date with all aspects of the build. True to their word the few things that needed attending to after the build were completed to our satisfaction.
Fantastic builder – smooth and easy process
We build our home with Oakford. We are very happy with the home and the whole experience.
We kept hearing horror stories of bad builders and as a result I was really nervous. We were presently surprised how smooth everything went.
I have to say we had a great supervisor Darko - I would request him if possible. He was amazing - he would pre-empting problems before they would happen and if he saw anything delaying the build he would let us know. I would often call just to find out what the next step was which I'm sure would have been annoy...ing but he was always patient and explained things well. We have already referred a few people to the company as a result. You often hear that once the house is handed over that a builder doesn't want to hear from you - this was not true at all - had a few minor things attended to promptly without fuss.
Very Satisfied Customer
Oakford homes provided excellent customer service prior to purchasing our home,the home was built with quality, nothing was too much trouble if we had any queries, our experience with Oakford Homes was excellent, after build customer service was exceptional, I would recommend this company with my personal experience being exceptional, I was impressed with the site manager whom was easy to contact and was more than happy to help with any queries.
Can't praise enough
We moved into our new home in March this year. The whole building process was stress free. From sales through to selections and site supervision all Oakford Homes staff were excellent to deal with. It is the best experience building a house we have ever had.
We really can't praise Oakford enough and certainly can't pick a fault. If we were ever to build again we wouldn't hesitate to build with Oakford Homes and we are very happy to recommend them to others.
Oakford were just fabulous and we have a lovely home.
Staff were excellent and helpful and very responsive to our requests
We are building with Oakford at the moment, and are extremely pleased with the progress. Tradies are there every day doing something new. The advice and help we have had from [name removed] has been immeasurable. The service from the administration staff has been wonderful. Nothing has been too much bother. [name removed], the project manager, is always on the ball to discuss any changes etc. Couldn't be happier with the quality of the building and the happy, friendly service along the way. Thank you.
Service, quality, efficiency.
Outstanding - 5 stars if that is the most I can give!
Right from the very beginning with our sales consultant to the very end, our whole experience with Oakford Homes has been extremely enjoyable with polite, friendly staff and contractors.
We have built four times and building a home at the best of times can be daunting and stressful but Oakford Homes made our experience stress free and enjoyable.
All the staff and tradies we came into contact with were so very helpful, professional and respectful. Our new home was well built and the project moved along at at cracking speed but it certai...nly did not lack in standards or quality. We would certainly recommend Oakford Homes to all and if we ever had to build again we would certainly return to Oakford Homes. We are very happy with our new home. Helpful, professional and respectful staff and tradies
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Our dream home.
Thank you to Ron(Housing Consultant), Juliette(Project Co-ordinator), Sue (Client Laison) and all of the Oakford staff and contractors for a well built, beautiful, comfortable home. The help we had from Ron and Juliette was immeasurable before we built and the workmanship in building and fitting out is well above anything we have seen by other builders.
An individual home!
We had so many variations in creating our bespoke home that lesser builders would have shown us the door. But "no", Oakford were kind, patient and attentive and what a delightful result of which both the owners and builders are proud - we actually put on a lttle party with the builders to celebrate the outcome! We felt that we were dealing with family - decent and reliable people indeed.
Despite being a builder in my own right for many years it must be said that it is doubtful that I could have completed this significant project within Oakf...
100/100 Very Happy!
We are very pleased with all aspects of our build and the service we received.
We have found all Oakford staff to be extremely cooperative and selection staff very helpful. The whole experience of building with Oakford has been a pleasure and we would have no hesitation in recommending Oakford Homes to anyone considering building a new home.
My wife and I are both over 81 years old and friends question why we are building at our age. We say what's age got to do with it when you have a good builder!
Excellent staff, fantastic service!
Super finish at a budget price
When we designed our new homes, we didn't expect to find it so hard to find a budget builder who would build a house with a 45 degree roof pitch. Oakford were happy to take it on and at the right price too. The people in the office were so professional and couldn't be more helpful and the tradesmen who worked on the build were excellent. The homes have caused quite a stir in the village- everyone comments on how good they look. Set in the heritage precinct, they fit in with the surroundings very well.
A most enjoyable experience. All the tradesmen were very friendly and obviously highly skilled.
An excellent experience
This is the second Oakford Homes house I've built. Going back a second time on a purchase as big as your home says a lot. Even though this is a project home, the standard goes way beyond many others out there.
The staff I had dealings with couldn't have been more helpful. the Site Supervisor certainly knows what he's talking about. He listened to me when I had concerns and we worked together to make the project come together.
I have built quite a few times over the years and I have to say Oakford Homes helps to make an exciting thing run smoothly.
A fantastic experience from start to finish.
At 70 building our first home was a daunting prospect for us. We looked at what seemed like 100 homes before finding what we wanted. Oakford were happy to make some changes to the plan to make the home exactly what we needed. We are delighted that we built with Oakford, the quality of the home is fantastic and we’re proud to show it to our family and friends.
The building process was seamless from start to finish and at every step we received great customer service. Oakford Homes staff were knowledgeable and nothing seemed to be too much t...rouble. Our site supervisor was marvelous and very quick to respond to queries. He had high standards for the finished product and suggested minor changes for a better end product. There were two very minor problems on handover (a missing oven manual and a kitchen cabinet door which squeaked) these were promptly fixed. The welcome basket was a lovely surprise and a thoughtful touch. Overall it was a smooth and stress free exercise. We have no problem recommending Oakford Homes. The range of selections available as standard inclusions surpasses what many other builders offer. I feel like we got excellent value for money.
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Thank you OAKFORD good work
I am a 65 year old first home buyer who lost $3000 with another builder because they wanted an extra $11330 for the footings. I lost trust in the builing industry. I had a recomendaton from a friend who did not have a problem with variation with Oakford. All I had to do was to give them a soil report and they gave me a fixed price in 3 days.
The house took 10 weeks to get approved
The house took 14 weeks to complete and I was in by christmas as promised, without extra cost.
[name removed] Oakfords saleman was a professional person to deal with he had a lot of helpful ideas I could have at little cost.
[names removed],were good to deal with
Update to Not Happy Mr Oakford!
My previous post "Not happy Mr Oakford...... all is forgiven!
Father Christmas came early this year!
A bricklayer arrived this morning and repaired the area of concern and it's looking great!
Any concerns I had have been addressed and I'm totally satisfied.
Thankyou Oakford Homes
I'm very grateful to Oakford homes and especially to General Manager - a real gentleman!
I'd like to express my total disappointment with Oakford Homes.
I love my Oakford Home or did, before it started cracking up. It has serious structural cracking to external bricks as well broken bathroom and kitchen tiles - all across the 'cut and fill' line. ...
Oakford Homes when experience, quality, professionalism & budget counts.
Over the past 12 months our building project has involved a Torrens Title hammer-head land division and the subsequent construction of an Oakford designed home for our daughter. Prior to building, approval for the land division initially involved design, planning, drawing and construction input by Oakford's very capable design person Gloria. This input also involved close liaison with our local council and surveyors and greatly helped ensure that both the land division and building construction approvals would be granted.
When selecting a su...itable home design and building company, we spent considerable time at display villages. It was not until we went to an Oakford display home and met the sales representative, that we felt a sincere interest in assisting us in our endeavour. We found him to be a very knowledgable, helpful and obliging representative, who's longstanding practical trade and sales experience enabled him to offer us invaluable advice. He was able to establish a realistic base contract price in keeping with our daughter's projected budget and expectations. Final construction came in below budget and without any unforseen costly "extras". After initial land division approval, [name removed] from Oakford Homes assisted our daughter with the selection of building construction materials, fixtures, fittings and finishes. We found all of the nominated suppliers and their products to be of a very high standard. The professional advice and assistance provided by companies such as Beaumont Tiles and Aldon cabinet makers enabled the associated selection processes to be carried out easily and within budget. Additionally, the selection of bricks, roofing, fixtures, electrical points, window frames, plumbing and hardware accessories and paint finishes etc, were handled in-house with Oakford's representative Juliette. With her very professional, capable and helpful assistance this complex and daunting selection process proceeded easily and without stress. After a four month delay waiting for Land Division Titles, construction commenced in August 2012. Oakford's appointed construction supervisor co-ordinated and supervised the material supply and construction phases through-out the next 4 months, until hand-over in November. The house was completed well within the projected time-frame, and to a very high professional standard. He liaised regularly through-out the construction of the house and his exceptional organisational skills and personal commitment, ensured the project continued smoothly and with-out delay, often through-out testing winter conditions. Living adjacent to the construction site we were able to talk to and observe all of the trades people, on a daily basis. The tradesmen employed by Oakfords displayed a high level of skill and competence in their respective trades and the quality and finish of their work was first-class. Finally, the entire building project was not only within the contract budget price, and completed within the projected time-frame, but was built to a high professional standard. Therefore we are very happy that we selected Oakford Homes to construct our daughter's house, and from our personal experience would not hesitate to recommend them to others, intending to build.
Excellent builder, couldnt have asked for more!
We signed up for our Oakford home in March this year and moved into the great final finished product in Sept, the process from start to finish was excellent, our home consultant Ron from the Encounter bay show homes was very good, he was so easy to communicate with from the start and did everything we asked. He knew exactly what variations would be what without having to keep going away and getting back to us and he made the process of signing up very easy.
Once the building started all the contractors and the site supervisor Neil were great....
Our dream house is now a reality
We recently moved into our new Oakford home, and love it! We modified an Oakford plan (which they were pleased to do for us) and are so happy with the finished product. We found the salesman professional, patient with us, and sincere.
Early in the process there were some serious problems identified by the engineering report with building this particular floor plan on the land we had chosen. However, thanks to the dedication and caring of Oakford's staff, they were able to advise us on overcoming the problems by making appropriate changes to...the plans without compromising our needs. When we saw tradies on site we were treated with courtesy and respect. The house is everything we had hoped for - and more! We would have no hesitation in recommending Oakford Homes, and if we ever built again, they would be our builder of choice. Thank you Oakfords!
Great from the start if you are building a split level especially-you need to go and talk to them. Have not finished yet but so far its moving fast and looking good. Were mislead and wasted a lot of money with one of the volume builders who had very poor customer service and charged us for things that Oakford did free of charge. Very reputable company and prior to the previous comment have only heard good things. Their standard range that they use is awesome also.
Run on schedule, have a great standard range, good customer service, no pushy sales people and they are knowledgable.
I'd Do It Again
I was recommended Oakford Homes by someone who had built twice previously with them and was very happy, good quality, ongoing support and built ontime were his comments. The sales person at the show homes whom we first spoke to was extremely helpful without being pushy, and put up with me changing my mind 10 times. The selections process was streamline and simple with quality products. The build was stress free, good tradies, there when they said they would be, good quality workmanship and they finished before the due date which saved me some interest payments.No hidden extras and great after sales service with any issues. Happy Me !!
A place to call your home , very welcoming
We first were referred to oakford homes in 2003 after having majour problems with our previous home built with another builder. After speaking with the staff at oakford and being very happy with everything we then continued to build our first home with them. We could not fault any of the staff and there politeness and being more than eager to help , every thing ran smoothly from time of signing contract to completion of our home,we were thrilled with the finished product, any minor things were fixed without any problems at all, They have now on...ly 7 weeks ago completed our 4th home with them, and well i feel i need to say no more as this should speak for it self. 2 of the blocks these houses have been built on had to be cut and filled and yet have had no problems with cracking . I would recommend anybody looking to build a home with a project builder, you could not go past oakford homes. I recommend them 100% . fantastic supervisors and a construction manager that was great to deal with. In just finishing this review i would say a well built and good quality homes and wouldn't hesitate to build with them again. Polite staff, well organised and got the job done, very good contractors Only minor things, to be expected as people are only human
Oakford Homes are the best
A 73 year old lady building a large home on her own? Yes, most people, having heard stories from others, wondered if I could cope with the stress. I began with another building firm and with the continuous increase in prices, being given unreliable information and being treated rudely when I asked questions, I decided to change to Oakfords. The money I lost was worth it. Oakford's staff are friendly, helpful in decision making, they treated me with respect, they took a personal interest in me and knew who I was and where I was building whe...never I called at their office or phoned in. From the time I signed the contract (which was explained in detail to me) to the completion of my home 7 months later, the process was completely stress free. I did not have to pay for many 'upgrades' because their selectons are of high quality standard. I am delighted with my home and my children and grandchildren are enjoying 'their inheritance'. Oakford Homes is recommended by Heather of Strathalbyn the closed contract so I knew in advance how to budget. The finished home was exactly what I wanted.
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.
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