A Year In Review – Matt Lowson of Stroud Homes Northern Rivers

A Year In Review – Matt Lowson of Stroud Homes Northern Rivers

Looking Forward & Looking Back

Stroud Homes Northern Rivers owner Matt Lowson describes the past year with the words “Productive, Growing and Consistent”.

With the help of a few new people added to the team, the company has been busy delivering quality homes to clients, and snagged a total of three awards and a commendation at the Northern Rivers Masters Builders 2018 and Housing Industry Australia 2018 Awards.

Award winning custom build

We talked to Matt about last year’s achievements and his anticipation for the upcoming year…

What was the highlight for your franchise in 2018?

I really believe teamwork makes the dream work, so I believe having a hard-working team with a great team culture shows in the results within any business.

Luke thornley

Luke Thornley

Matt tells us a little about his dream-team:

We have really enjoyed our Sales Manager Luke Thornley joining us as an official business partner and together we strive to make Stroud Homes Northern Rivers the builder everyone wants to choose through our quality and service, from sales to handover.

Amelia has recently joined Luke in sales and is enthusiastic in offering Strouds’ amazing designs or helping create fully customise homes. Amelia came on-board excited to see the Stroud difference in our customer service and our dedication to giving customers a great building experience. She feels the customers have trust in our quality standard inclusions with no hidden extras to make their journey a happy and positive experience.

The rest of our team have been a pleasure to work with, from Rohan our dedicated Site Manager, out there supervising construction, to Larnah, our Contract Administrator. Larnah has been busy servicing our customers through the big process of paperwork, councils and so much more.

Sandy our Accounts Manager has been with us for close to four years and is a great pillar for our team. Jonathan assists the whole team and is in charge of estimating, ensuring every brick, tile and tap in your home gets ordered and delivered.

Stroud Homes Northern Rivers

What was the biggest hurdle you or your business overcame in 2018?

The banks are making it a little tougher and more time consuming for our customers to secure loans for sure this year.

Also, land registration on many developments and estates are getting pushed out which can be frustrating for everyone, especially our customers, but we just make sure we have everything else finalised so we are 100% ready once the land is registered.

We were the first to start building in Epiq Estate Lennox Heads well before everyone else because of this super vigilant attitude we have toward getting things done!

Did you notice any building trends in your region over the year?

A lot of people are adding granny flats to new and existing buildings so we have seen an increase in these small dwellings. With designs like the Mini-Tego, we believe we can offer a great product that adds such value to the property and future capital growth.

Granny flat
The Mini-Tego 78 Granny Flat

Similarly, we are doing more second dwelling type projects as Dual Occupancy and Duplex designs as well. We also find that our customers love the upgraded stand out Stroud Facades such as the Mountain or Skillion as they look so appealing, and again, add such value.

awards night

What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

Moving forward we have some exciting builds to start and finish that we believe will add to our wall of Building Awards.

Do you have any personal or business-related New Years’ Resolutions or goals you are setting for 2019?

Just to keep enjoying building quality stand out homes for Northern Rivers families.  If we have our great team culture, being all proud to work for Stroud Homes Northern Rivers while keeping busy and supportive plus have customers that are happy, we are winning!

Lastly, any important dates or milestones we should know about for 2019?

Our new display we hope to have open and ready early to mid year, and maybe a second one not too far after that as well.

display home

Coming soon: Banyan Hill Display Home – The Aspect 237 Mountain Façade

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