It’s full steam—and exciting times—ahead for Pukekohe-based building company Emandee Homes, headed by brother and sister team Mike Potter, a builder, and architectural designer Lisa Stone. The siblings have construction coursing through their veins having founded Emandee Homes with their dad, now retired, in 2011. “Dad was a builder back in the days when builders used to draw plans,” Lisa says. “We’ve always been around the industry, and we just absorbed it.”
That family-run philosophy remains firmly entrenched. The close-knit Emandee team take great pride in their hands-on, uber-personalised approach to their bespoke house building that often results in life-long friendships with their clients. Emandee can arrange everything from finding the land to finance to building consent to recommending companies to help you move.
Such service has not gone unnoticed, with the young building firm selected as one of 10 contracted to bring Paerata Rise to life. It’s a brand-new Paerata community that blends the best of rural and urban living across 4,500 properties on former farming grounds owned by Wesley College and charitable trust, Grafton Downs.
Right on the doorstep of Pukekohe, a region more renowned for its produce, this state-of-the-art satellite town will offer services such as schools, boutique stores, medical facilities, a retail district, transport hub, library, and art gallery. A vibrant café culture will be complemented by five hectares of neighbourhood reserves, cycle paths and walkways, while the railway station offers direct access to the centre of the Big Smoke. Paerata Rise promises to be a commuters’ haven.
“Young people should be able to build funky new homes,” Lisa says. “They need to know that it’s not necessary to live in tiny two-bedroom places. We love building homes that families are really amped about moving in to.”
On 1 December there will be a grand opening of all the showhomes in Paerata Rise and you can find Emandee at 17 Jonah Lomu Drive, named after the late legendary All Black who attended Wesley College.
It certainly promises to be a fun, festival atmosphere, with delegates and food trucks and entertainment.