In the 17 year history of Alena Homes, we can say with absolute certainty that we have always stayed on good terms with all our clients during and long after the build. But don’t just take our word for it, read for yourself what our clients have to say!
JO & GRAHAM
“The whole building project went pretty smoothly, was completed as per the agreed contract price and within the expected time frame.”
Living in rural Waikato, we wanted to build a character style home to replace our existing old farm house and which would sit well in the landscape. After looking at their plans, meeting with Helen and Lena-Jane, and visiting an example of an Alena Homes house, we knew they were the builders for us. Working with their architect, we were able to develop a floor plan to suit our building site and match our vision for a lovely new home. It was fantastic to be able to incorporate recycled features from the old house into the new build.
We found Helen and Lena-Jane very approachable and easy to deal with. Any issues that arose were dealt with promptly. The whole building project went pretty smoothly, was completed as per the agreed contract price and within the expected time frame.
The end result is a beautiful home, which we love and are very proud of. Thank you to Helen and Lena-Jane for your advice and guidance through the process. We wish them continued success in their business.
Jo & Graham
KIM & BRENT
“The most outstanding features of the build process were their relationship with their tradespeople and their quality.”
The best decision we made with our build was to select Alena Homes as our builders.
From the day building consent was issued, they had tradespeople on site every working day (and more) until completion. Alena Homes told us the end date and delivered exactly that – on time and at the cost they scheduled.
The most outstanding features of the build process were their relationship with their tradespeople and their quality. The tradespeople were proud of their quality, with several taking us aside to show us how the design and their work showcased their craft.
We were amazed at the quality and features Alena Homes packed into our house for the price.
Alena Homes were responsive and helpful prior to and during the build process. They acted with the utmost integrity. We spoke with other clients of Alena Homes and found our experience was typical – we unreservedly recommend Alena Homes in providing an unbeatable, top quality, well priced and honest building experience.
Kim & Brent
SUE & ROB
“We have a lovely home reflecting all that we want and we thoroughly recommend Alena Homes to those who value style and character in their design.”
We had a retirement dream of building a colonial style traditional villa that would encapsulate our lifestyle. That dream has become reality under the guiding hand of Helen and Lena-Jane. They are a brilliant well-oiled team that complements each other and ensure that the client’s needs are foremost.
Throughout the whole process, the stress factor was minimal, as they shared our vision and made the numerous decisions and choices involved natural and easy. The bottom line in any contract agreement is trust. We had that 100% and that security was paramount. We knew that any glitch or problem would be addressed and put right. Alena Homes has 38 years of experience in their specialised range of homes and their reputation is such that they only need one source of advertising – satisfied customers like us who know that they deliver on their promise of “affordable elegance”.
It is with pleasure that we have a lovely home reflecting all that we want and we thoroughly recommend Alena Homes to those who value style and character in their design, coupled with a fantastic and fun experience delivered by the efficient and professional team who have become firm friends.
We wish Helen and Lena-Jane all the best for the future.
Sue & Rob
DONNA & JAMES
“We were encouraged to reflect ourselves in our home, we now know why as we believe they build homes, not houses!”
My wife and I had always dreamt of building a New Home, we are so pleased we made the right decision when we went with Alena Homes Ltd. The team at Alena Homes gave us confidence right from the first meeting and that continued throughout the whole project, it was a fantastic experience. Helen and Lena-Jane always put us and our ideas, thoughts, and vision first, we were encouraged to reflect ourselves in our home, we now know why as we believe they build Homes, not houses!
We would be more than happy to go through the whole experience again and we could not have asked for a better company and personal team to work with on such a big project.
As always we wish Helen, Lena-Jane and their great team all the best for the future.
Donna & James
TRACEY & PHIL
“We would have no hesitation in recommending Helen and her team and thank them for delivering us a house we are proud of.”
Tracey & I live on and run our dairy farm in Horahora 20km south of Cambridge. For many years we planned and wanted to build a homestead that would blend in with our Farm and our lifestyle. We saw an Alena Homes advert and contacted Helen. Helen was welcoming and listened to our needs; we visited many homes that she had built. Even though Helen has many different plans, we were pleased to find out that they were just the starting point of where we could take our own plans to build our own home.
Our decision to build with Helen was such a great move, the planning and preparation went smoothly and once building we were very happy with the tradesmen that were used on the build. The building went to time and most importantly to price. Being able to build to the price meant a lot to us as so many people had warned us of that once you get building there is always bits added on here and there and the whole project blows out of proportion. With Helen the price was the price and any queries along the way were dealt with immediately.
We have been in our home for 3 years now and we would not have changed a thing. We are very proud of what Helen and Alena Homes have given us.
A house that delivers all the comforts of a new home whilst still maintaining the colonial look that Alena Homes are known for. We would have no hesitation in recommending Helen and her team and thank them for delivering us a house we are proud of.
Tracey & Phil
Maungatautari Road, Horahora
ANNE & MARTIN
“We are more than thrilled with the end product as well as hands-on service that we received from Helen and Lena-Jane.”
We heard of Alena Homes via the internet whilst looking for builders who specialised in character style homes. Alena Homes were the only company that appealed to us in the Waikato area and they also had a very extensive range of character houses on offer which was fantastic to see. Helen and Lena Jane were fantastic in arranging for us to view the style of house we were interested in, which was the Taryn-Lee (the present owners of this home were also very happy with the house and would build again with Alena Homes – which was great to hear).
Helen was a great help and very helpful in guiding us with slight changes we were wishing to make to build this style in a slightly bigger version.
Consequently, our house has been built by Alena Homes and we are more than thrilled with the end product as well as a hands-on service that we received from Helen and Lena-Jane. Both of them are very professional, approachable, fun and positive which made the building process as stress-free as possible. They have a great contracting team of builders, electricians, plumbers and decorators with a very high level of craftsmanship.
We would definitely highly recommend Alena Homes to anybody considering a character style house build, and would like to say thanks once again to Helen and Lena Jane of Alena Homes for building us a fantastic home that we love.
Anne & Martin
JENNY & ROSS
“Our home is very strong in structure, is our design, and reflects the way that we live and want it to flow.”
When the decision was made to build a new home, we visited many building firms and consulted with architects. We soon discovered that the two most important ingredients in the building process were the personnel that you deal with, and the design. What attracted us to Alena Homes was that they offered something different, and were impressed with the way they listened to us and understood our requirements. We felt very comfortable, not pressured into making decisions and that our home would be personal and individual to us.
The building process was smooth and any issues were quickly resolved with excellent communication. The end result is a home that we are very happy and proud to own and live in. Our home is very strong in structure, is our design, and reflects the way that we live and want it to flow. We have designed it so that it is future proof and it works to our every expectation.
Thank you to Helen and her team.
Jenny & Ross
Eastport Road, Te Aroha
WENDY & PAUL
In 2007 we signed up with Alena Homes to build us a Villa style home. The preliminary discussion was very helpful, thorough, and accommodating to our needs. All points about building and costs were clearly listed in the written contract and adhered to throughout the entire building process. The end result is, we have a very comfortable house we enjoy living in.
The building process was smooth and any issues were quickly resolved with excellent communication. The end result is a home that we are very happy and proud to own and live in.
Thank you to Helen and her team.
Wendy & Paul
Woodland Road, Katikati
ANNIKA & CHRIS
“Our instincts paid off as Alena Homes were absolutely outstanding to deal with.”
After months or research on various building companies in the Waikato, we chose Alena Homes to build our cottage in Cambridge. We wanted something different from the standard brick and tile spec homes and Alena Homes stood out from the crowd.
At first, we thought we could not afford such a prestigious looking home but were pleasantly surprised to find out Alena Homes has one of the best prices per square metre in the Waikato.
Our instincts paid off as Alena Homes were absolutely outstanding to deal with. Helen’s attention to detail and fastidious management of contractors ensured our home was built to the highest standard, on time and within budget.
We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Alena Homes to anyone thinking of building and we plan on building with them again in the future in stage two of our development.
Thank you very much Helen and Lena.
Anika & Chris
KIM & TONY
We had an exceptionally great experience, building for the first time with Alena Homes. We had chosen to build with Alena Homes because they had a home in the style we loved and the plan was laid out in the way that suited our lifestyle and how we wanted to live. Tony and I highly recommend building with them, as there was no stress dealing with any tradesmen as they took care of everything. The only stress for us was having to pick colours and fittings, which of course is out of their hands. Any issues (of which there were few), were resolved straight away. The team were easy to deal with, gave advice when needed, and overall just a pleasure to deal with.
If we ever build again we would build with Alena Homes.
Kim & Tony
Otewa Road, Otorohanga
JENNI & DES
“Helen had a good team working for her right through the building of the house.”
We went to Alena Homes Ltd after a lot of looking around at different homes, and still came back to Alena homes as we liked their style. This is the first time we going to build a home. Not knowing what to do, Helen was a great help to us (talk about country hicks coming to town, not knowing a thing about building a home).
We talked to Helen and found her very very helpful and her knowledge was great as we had never built a home before. We picked out a plan, went home, pulled it to bits and made it into what we liked. Went back to Helen several times, she could not be more helpful. We finally settled on our house plan. Helen did a portfolio of the steps that would take place. It was very clear as each step went along.
Lena-Jane Walls joined Helen about halfway through the building of the house. Lena-Jane turned out to be a quick learner and was very good at her job as well. If there were any problems it was no trouble for Helen or Lena-Jane to fix it. It would be rectified within a short space of time, the same day if it was possible. Helen had a good team working for her right through the building of the house. We would definitely build another home with them, no hesitation at all going back. Excellent people to deal with.
Jenni & Des
JANINE & PETE
“The result is spectacular, every time we see it we can’t suppress a smile!”
Do you think we should build Janine? We’ve never don’t that before. We’ve wallpapered and painted, even replace an old front door. Let’s buy a section then dream all the possibilities it might give, then create a home, a very special place for us both to go and live. Some same it’s stressful, some say it’s tricky, some say it’s really tough but that’s proved further from the truth, it’s been smooth, not faintly rough.
Helen and Lena-Jane, this experience has been exciting, so much fun. A journey we’re pleased we went on, and now it’s done! The result is spectacular, every time we see it we can’t suppress a smile, and let’s face it, for some, when you build a house you’re in it for a while. A special mention to all our subbies, they always made time for us. Jackson and Fraser Rolls, they would never make a fuss. Fraser kindly downed his tools, patient and happy to explain, “What are you doing their Fraser – is that a bedroom frame?”
Alena Homes we feel privileged and lucky we worked with you, we knew we were on to a
good thing from that first interview. So thank you both for all you’ve done in making this build so great, it’s now time for us to move in and celebrate. We couldn’t have wished for a better building company.
Janine & Pete
KATHY & STEPHEN
We are very happy with our new home. It’s solid, warm, dry and has a lovely charm. The building process went well in spite of a very wet winter.
Helen and Lena Jane impressed us from the start with their helpfulness, common sense and communication. We also had confidence in their tradesmen.
They were a pleasure to work with and we would recommend them to anyone.
Kathy & Stephen
I would like to formally endorse Alena Homes who recently built a two bedroom cottage that I am now living in. Alena Home usually builds larger homes and specialise in houses with old-age character and charm. My cottage was planned to sit adjacent to a hundred year old villa so it needed to fit in. And it certainly does. Being a second home on a lifestyle block, the cottage meets the local council requirement of being no more than 70 square meters, but it is spacious and very well designed. It also looks great.
Embarking on a building project in my mid-70s was a challenge, but Alena Homes made the whole experience exciting and relatively stress-free. Helen (the manager) and Lena-Jane (sales manager) were great to work with. Nothing was too much trouble. Sure there were days when nothing happened on the site but proposed schedules were met. I was particularly impressed with the builders and with the sub-contactors. All very nice people and very skilled and efficient.
I can genuinely recommend Alena Homes and would welcome anyone looking for a classic two-bedroom cottage to arrange a visit to my cottage through Alena Homes.
Ron Pedder, Ariana Cottage
Alena Homes Ltd is a Waikato based residential building company which is owned and managed by Helen Fenwick and daughter Lena-Jane Walls.
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