More than building ‘houses’

30 Aug 2021
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Jacob Aitken,  the Project Development Manager, from Jalcon Homes, talked to us recently about how the Roskill Development is about more than just building houses – it’s about creating better communities for people to live, work, play, and connect. “It’s about building spaces for families, couples, and individuals to call home.”

“Our approach to buying land or new developments is to carefully consider and select developments and locations where we can continue to build strong communities.” Jacob says with that comes more attractive streets, new neighbours, improved infrastructure and better-connected communities.

“When we build homes we’re not just thinking about the physical building, but the lives of the people who will be living there as well.” Jalcon Homes is building 14 market homes on five sites in Stewart Rd and Range View Rd, in the Ōwairaka neighbourhood, including two-bedroom duplexes, three-bedroom terraces, and three and four-bedroom standalone houses, ranging from approximately 94 to 228 square metres.

The homes are being sold off the plan in phases. Eleven have been purchased. Jalcon Homes has some exciting new releases in the pipeline, including open market and KiwiBuild homes.

They include one- to four-bedroom homes that are a mix of walk-ups, terraces and standalone homes. Jacob says the overarching theme for the development is: “Leading-edge design in an accommodating home with liveable functionality.”

Jalcon has been creative to maximise available space, in line with the Kāinga Ora mandate to make better use of land and create more high-quality homes for Auckland. Even the smallest of Jalcon’s projects – the 94m2 two-bedroom duplexes – allow for a separate laundry room, a private deck and a barbecue area.

“We know Kiwis like their outdoor space so it’s about creating a space – whether it be big or small – that works and functions well, whether you’ve got the covered patios, outdoor decks, down to a good-sized courtyard facing the right direction so they’re getting their share of sun through winter or summer.”

Jalcon Homes is using Abodo, a renewable New Zealand pine product, for cladding, as well as traditional brick that pays tribute to the original units on the sites and the surrounding neighbourhood.

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