No matter what your dream home looks like, there’s a good chance Kuriger Builders can help you build it. Kuriger Builders has experience, integrity, attention to detail, and multiple awards, making the company a great choice for your new home or renovation work.
Owner Conrad Kuriger has been involved in the building industry for 44 years. After leaving school, Conrad completed his building apprenticeship in Taranaki, obtaining Trade and Advanced Trade certificates before spending two years in Australia working in the kitchen industry.
What sets Kuriger Builders apart, he says, is the team’s attention to detail and interaction with clients – understanding exactly what they want and bringing it to life. “We like to work closely with our clients, and they’re a one-off person as opposed to a number,” says Conrad. “We try to be quite individual with people; it’s their house after all! In doing that we can figure out what they want to achieve from their house build.” “At the end of the day it all comes down to integrity.”
The company’s recent beach-style build in Papamoa stands out as a shining example of its core work ethics – ‘your vision, our expertise’. Happy homeowner Vanessa Dodunski says Conrad’s eye for detail sets him apart.
“It was just his vision to make sure everything looked in line. He would come into a room and say: ‘actually we need to move that to the left and that to the right’ and you could see after he was done that it made a huge visual impact,” she says.
“Conrad is just absolutely meticulous. I’d say he’s very visionary and I was really pleased with what he did; he just added so much more than we ever expected in terms of the quality and the visual of the house. He did an amazing job.”
Her beachy, bright 242m2 home consists of entry foyer, formal lounge, dining and family rooms, kitchen with larder pantry, office, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en suite, two bedrooms with wardrobes, one bathroom and toilet, linen and storage cupboards, laundry, double garage, workshop and 17m2 loggia.
The section allows for owner privacy for spa pool, entertaining and enjoyment of the gardens from the living spaces, loggia and master bedroom, all of which receive all-day sun. The designer brick frames the entry and profiles the chimney. On entering, the well-placed office allows separation from the living areas.
As you progress through the home, the open spacious living area will amaze you, along with the entertainer’s kitchen, feature display shelving and window seat area. This area links seamlessly to the private lounge with a large glass cavity slider and the comfort of the gas fire. The louvre-covered loggia increases the already large living space. The three bedrooms separate peacefully from the living area, along with inviting bathrooms and en suite plus generous wardrobes and storage. The double garage and storage caters well for Vanessa’s lifestyle. The solar water heating and in-slab water heating systems provide all-year comfort to this beach home.
But what sets this home apart, Vanessa says, is the interior block wall – her vision and Kuriger Builders’ know-how and expertise bringing it to life. “I had a block wall done on the inside of the home to match the outside and it’s actually a feature wall. I showed them a picture and they just did it which was fantastic,” says Vanessa. “Conrad says it’s one of the highlights of the home when you come in.” “Every site is different so tailoring the build to the site to get the best outcome is really crucial,” says Conrad.
The bathrooms are not large, but very functional with tasteful fittings. The main bathroom’s freestanding bath provides a great feature not only for users, but as a focal point as you move through the home. The en suite provides well for the master bedroom, especially the tiled shower with its waterfall ceiling shower rose. The wall niches provide well for the shower user. The rimless toilet and wall-hung vanity provide easy cleaning. The combination of tiles and polished floors work seamlessly.
The en suite links well with the large walk-in wardrobe, and these little linking details are because of Kuriger Builders’ attention to the client’s desires. “The more time I can spend with clients, the more I can understand who they are and what their lifestyle is. Everyone is so different – do they like minimalist, country, classic – and it’s about finding that out about people,” says Conrad. But for some it’s about the heart of the home – the place that makes a house a home, a communal gathering space that brings life to a home – the kitchen.
The kitchen in Vanessa’s laidback lifestyle house is the real heart of this home from its internal central location. It is visually appealing from all living and entertaining areas and vice versa. The generous 3.6m breakfast bar works well with the proportions of the living space, along with the equally striking graphic glass splashback.
The large scullery magnifies the size of this kitchen. The kitchen’s central location is disguised by the raked ceilings, clerestory windows and all-day sun. The polished concrete floors complement the seaside theme of this kitchen and home. This is also reflected in the pebble sand engineered stone bench tops and the durability of the Melteca Baikal Naturale doors and panels. The Bestwood Charred Oak shelving creates a pleasant display feature to the scullery.
No handles to the over cupboards provide a minimalist seamless look and hide the inbuilt rangehood. With the gas hobs and self-cleaning oven you can’t help but enjoy entertaining from this kitchen. The garage position allows you to drive to the kitchen with your groceries.
The attention and care in Vanessa’s home doesn’t end when you walk out the door. Kuriger Builders has taken its excellence and extended it outside with this beautiful custom build. Louvre roof systems provide for a very versatile extension to any home without compromising sun and light, and the link with the interior living is complemented by the large stacker sliders. The privacy of the outdoor area creates a special place for the spa pool, entertaining and enjoyment of the mass-planted gardens. This outdoor space is visually appealing from all areas of the internal living. The outdoor shower is a great asset when returning from the beach nearby. Kuriger Builders doesn’t stop at stunning new home builds – the company also does a range of renovations and commercial property work. Renovations now feature in Conrad’s list of awards, with Best Bathroom and Best Kitchen renovations in 2009, along with Most Valuable Contributor of the Year and Best Customer Service award in 2012.
“Our portfolio of work is extensive and varied including new housing, renovations and extensions, modular housing, commercial, education, sports and church facilities, all nature of farm buildings and earthquake strengthening,” says Conrad. “Recognition in the industry through our businesses has been gained with more than 60 Master Builders House of the Year awards and we are regular national gold reserve finalists (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011), winning national titles in 2005 and 2009. Further recognition was achieved in 2011, winning the national architects’ award for small residential housing.
“The Master Builders House of the Year competition has been a great boost to our business as we have won several awards each year we have entered since the competition began in 1991,” says Conrad. Kuriger Builders makes sure only the best workforce is used, ensuring builders are trained with experience and real-world work. Industry training has always been a priority and Kuriger Builders has trained more than 40 apprentices. Conrad retains his involvement with the BCITO industry organisation on the regional advisory group.
If you want to experience the high quality workmanship and attention to detail yourself, Kuriger Builders has a dedicated showroom and consultancy design centre. Get inspired and experience top-quality service for yourself.
“I believe Conrad and his team went the extra mile to make sure everything was perfect,” says Vanessa. “We’ve built three houses before and they were good, but Kuriger Builders was superior.”