By the time we started the build stage of our new home after nearly two years in council to get Resource and Building consent we were really jaded and exhausted by the whole process of building our dream home and almost ready to give up before we even began.
We looked closely at three builders recommended to us and settled on Grant Hohaia. The company is Bay Group Construction but the man who makes it happen is Grant. Once Grant took on the project, life certainly became a whole lot easier for us. Very early on we had the confidence to hand the project over and enjoy watching our beautiful home being built by a professional.
This was our first time building a house and Grant made it easy for us. He worked well with our Architect, his communication skills were excellent, keeping everyone in the loop when required with weekly site meetings and regular email contact, but not bogging us down with the day to day operation. He dealt with problems that arose with neighbours directly and courteously ensuring when they finished building we were left with good relationships with our neighbours.
He managed his team of builders and sub-contractors incredibly well; there was always a good feeling on site and site was always clean, tidy and organised. Grant was able to visualise what we wanted even when we could not communicate it very well. His team worked efficiently with an absolute eye for detail.
Grant and his team at Bay Group have built us an incredible home, one we enjoy living in more as time goes by. Very importantly he came in at the quoted price and on time with no short cuts taken. Our house is even better than we imagined it could be.
We are very proud of Grant's achievement in receiving a gold award for our home in the MBA house of the year. It shows his dedication, high standard and attention to detail putting him a cut above his peers. Should we ever build again we couldn't imagine doing it without Grant and his team from Bay Group Construction. Amazingly we now regard Grant as a friend and would be pleased to recommend him to anyone considering building a home.
- Ray & Karen Pickles
It was a pleasure selecting Grant Hohaia to carry out the renovations on our property.
Which won Gold in the M.B.A. in the 2010 competition
Grant proved to be a very capable and dedicated builder at all times. With Grant's high level of communication skills; Grant was able to handle any situation with a pleasant manner and excellent results were always achieved when analysing and solving problems of any description. No problem was too big or small. (eg: Changing plans at the last minute or realising that was not quite the right look.) At all times Grant was upfront regarding the costing of the renovation; also advising us of problems along the way; and how best to resolve the problems. (The property had leaky walls)
Grant was on the job 24/7 which was great and this fact ensured that all work progressed along in a timely manner. At all times, Grant liaised very well with his team; also our Architect and other trades people.
Grant follows the building rules set down by the local Council and this ensured that a Code Of Compliance was issued upon the successful completion of the renovation.
We thank Grant for taking this property from where it was to how it looks and functions now. It is a pleasure to live in. We would not hesitate to use Grant again for any building work.
- Robyne & Alan Lavell
Bay Group Construction would be our first choice for Building . We have employed them on many an occasion since our first encounter 10 years ago and every time they have delighted us with their ability to problem solve and produce a top quality job. Thanks.
- Erika van der Fluit
Grant and the guys at Bay Group did a tremendous job of renovating the Takapuna property. The project wasn't straightforward and there were plenty of curved balls along the way but every obstacle was overcome with a healthy mix of professionalism, efficiency and good humour (the last one being an essential ingredient for everyone involved in a renovation). There were several situations where Grant came up with a practical solution to an issue that cropped up - always with one eye on the project's overall budget to try and stop costs spiraling - and he showed plenty of innovation and a willingness to stick his neck out when it made sense to do so (everyone still talks about 'the tent' used to encase the building work early on in the project!).
The best question to answer in terms of recommending someone's work is in response to "would you use them again?" and in this case it's an emphatic "yes".
"Now that our main alterations have been completed I would like to put on record the sincere appreciation both Diana and I have for the manner in which you and your team proceeded throughout building this extension to our home in St Heliers.
This project involved just about every trade in the residential building industry, including significant drainage modifications. These were all handled with skill and efficiency.
In particular we were impressed with the positive manner in which you dealt with some of the small unexpected issues that arose during the course of the building work and the sensible suggestions you made and put into effect. We were also pleased with the additional work, repairs and alterations, we asked you to undertake as the main job progressed; all of these things have made our home much more pleasant and livable.
We are both delighted with how the additional living space has turned out (although it still has yet to get its carpet and ' furnishings but the other less visible things that we asked you to assist with have been a real bonus which I was not really contemplating when we set out to plan and build our new room.
You, as well as Matt, Tony and Tim, can be proud of your performance and I would have no hesitation in recommending your skill and professionalism to anyone in the future Once again, thank you for a job very well done."
- Kerry Davis
"Bay Group Constuction - Grant Hohaia, Principal - recently completed a small addition to our house. It was completed within, budget, the workmanship was excellent and the tidiness and helpfulness of the builders made a very good impression."
- Dick and Phyllis Logan
RE: REGISTRATION OF MEMBERSHIP
We are pleased to advise that we have completed our current review of the references you provided in regard to your re-registration as a Registered Master Builder.
We note the high regard in which your Bank, Accountant, and your major Building Trade Suppliers' hold you. That is particularly pleasing as it confirms that you are continuing to conduct our affairs in a professional manner, as a responsible businessman.
All of your clients who, responded to our requests for a reference, were very happy with the high quality of your workmanship, and your cooperative and pleasant manner in dealing with them.
"Professionalism" is what the Registered Master Builders' Federation and the AUCKLAND Registered Master Builders' Association, expects of their Members' and you clearly meet this standard
Your Re- Registration as approved on 13 April 2004.
Manager Membership Services
This is as much a huge thank you as it is a personal reference and acknowledgement of professional services provided by Grant and his team during the renovation of our home in Kohimarama.
We struggle to express just how much admiration we have for Grant and the way he handled our contract. From the first meeting he set realistic expectations, communicated openly about how he expected the relationship to work and left us with no doubt that his focus was to provide us with the quality of workmanship befitting the level of investment.
It would be fair to say that Grant met and exceeded our expectations in all areas. He was pro active in dealing with any issues that arose and he was conscious of, and actively managed, communication with our neighbours, which was an essential aspect of the job.
Grant actively sought our input with any design alterations and frequently made suggestions for improvements that meant the intended design became more effective.
He takes a huge amount of pride in his work and ensures that all sub contractors achieve the same standards of workmanship. His attention to detail was fantastic and we are delighted with the results.
Amanda and I would have absolutely no hesitation is using Grant and the team again and can not recommend him highly enough to future clients We welcome any enquiry from prospective clients and are more than happy for people to come and inspect the great job that Bay Group Construction have done with our home.
Paul & Amanda Jarvie