A Year In Review – Yarren Henwood of Stroud Homes Coffs Harbour

A Year In Review – Yarren Henwood of Stroud Homes Coffs Harbour

Looking Back & Looking Forward

2018 was a massive year for the team at Stroud Homes Coffs Harbour. The team entered its first ever HIA industry awards night, ending up taking home the first price in the Display Home category ($350,001 – $400,000) as well as ending up finalists for the Northern NSW Project Home and Display Home of the Year.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) Awards is the recognition of the high-quality work within the residential building industry that is undertaken by HIA members, with various awards and categories throughout the night.

We chatted to Stroud Homes Coffs Harbour owner, Yarren Henwood, who has many years of experience in the building industry, to hear his views on home building in 2019 and to find out more about the eventful year behind him and the team.

Yarren Henwood at the awards night

What was the highlight for your franchise in 2018?

As our business grew, so did our awesome team. We welcomed our supervisor Jake in September, along with Darby celebrating one year of being with us (all within the same month!)

Throughout the year we handed over eight Stroud Homes to their families, and we have another four currently under construction and more scheduled for next year!

A family outside of their new home

If you had to describe 2018 in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, rewarding and busy!

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

The team and I can’t really think of anything! This year has been quite smooth sailing – we’re really lucky to have such great trades and clients who are so easy to get along with, and build for.

The team at the awards night
Stroud Homes Coffs Harbour, Tamworth and Port Macquarie team members at the 2018 HIA Awards

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

More community involvement, further growth of the business, and planning our first display home.

The team members at Coffs are no strangers to community work. In early November last year the team donned their work gloves and got busy planting, fertilising, mulching and watering with Coastal Works on their Bush Regeneration Team Plant.

The Coffs Habour team worked on a section of land near Coffs Creek at William Sharp Drive as part of the Stroud Homes ForestLink initiative. This initiative ensures that each of the Stroud Homes franchisees supply and plant 15 trees for every home that they build.

Earlier in 2018 when the state of NSW was declared in drought, the team, together with neighbouring franchise Stroud Homes Tamworth, came up with the idea of gathering donations to take out west to be distributed to R U Aware We Care and The Salvation Army.

The team is passionate about giving back to farmers who are doing it tough as they each have a farming connection and understand the need for small, local businesses to lend a helping hand.

farmer and his cattle

Another way Stroud Homes Coffs Harbour continues to show community support is by using local sub-contractors. The team takes a lot of pleasure in thanking their sub-contractors because without them they couldn’t build homes and make dreams come true for families.

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

“Being part of the Stroud Homes group for two years in March!”


Would you like to talk to Yarren and the team about building a home in the Coffs Harbour area? Give the team a call on 02 5606 0001 or on 0412 055 035 to talk about your new home.

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