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“We have been involved with Property for over 40 years. Never have we come across a company as professional as Indie Living. Right from the get go it was an incredible partnership. When building a new home, you often have two broad choices. You build a project home that looks like everybody else’s or you employ an architect and then find a builder. One can inevitably experience conflict between architects and builders, each blaming the other if things don’t go to everyone’s expectations. This can become time consuming, costly and can take the joy out of the whole project that should be one of excitement and adventure. That’s what makes Indie Living so exceptional. The whole team is one of supreme integration. We came to Ben Barter with concept sketches that Deborah had drawn up. Their own internal architect drew up the practical plans that were council approved without any trouble. Some details she added really brought some magic to the overall design. Their incredible team of skilled craftsmen headed up by the greatest supervisor of all time, Greg, turned our dream into a reality. Their integration making possible our inspiration. At every step of the way Ben kept us positively informed of the progress and settled our minds if we had any concerns. He is a delight to work with. And even at the last moment when we changed our minds about a few things, their “can do” attitude shone through brightly. It’s natural that you will want to check out several builders. We did too. Yet if you want to build much more than just a house then go with the Indie Living team. You will see your own individuality and unique personality materialise into a beautiful family home. Everybody dreams of winning the lottery. We believe we won it the day we chose to partner with Indie Living. So will you.”

Paul & Deborah Mitchell

“Several friends and colleagues recommended Indie Living to us when we started the process of planning our “forever home”. We came to Ben with our own designs already drawn up, and right from the start he was so organised (speaking my language there), detail oriented, open and transparent about the process, what to expect etc. We sought quotes from several builders and the difference in just how “real” our conversation with Ben was really stood out. Didn’t feel like a sales pitch or someone trying to tell us what we wanted to hear, or giving glossed-over answers to our questions. Now that our build is finished and we have been living here for almost two months, we can confidently recommend Indie Living to anyone considering on building or renovating their home. Ben & Greg make a formidable team, bringing their strengths in different areas together in a way that just works. To the amazement of almost everyone we speak to, our house was completed AHEAD of schedule (getting us in before Christmas!), and on budget. Who knew that could happen? I think a large part of why we (and others who have used Indie) come in on budget so regularly is that they are very specific in their quotations, you know what is or isn’t included. Of course the more information you can give your builder about selections, fixtures & fittings, the more accurately they can quote. During the build process, it was very rare indeed that we felt stressed. Every decision was discussed, we knew where things were up to and what was coming next. Any problems that arose were resolved efficiently. Site meetings are a regular occurrence. We had a few custom design requests (eg handmade iron staircase balusters, and a curved wall, to name a few) and these were met with a can-do attitude rather than dismissing it as too hard. It has all paid off. On the whole, Ben & Greg and their team of regular sub-contractors seem to genuinely care about giving people a quality product. We love our new home and are still pinching ourselves that this ridiculously awesome place is ours!”

Jessica Hayes

“We got Ben and the Indie Living team to renovate a place that had been in the planning for years. It took us forever to finally decide on a builder and we are over the moon with the outcome. The whole way through the build Ben and Greg were easily contactable and always willing to chat through the issues with renovating an old house on a tough slope. Greg’s craftmanship and Ben’s eye for detail were a great combination. They were timely and completed the job when promised (give or take a day or two). What’s more since completion they have been prompt at ironing out any little issues that have cropped up. We would certainly recommend them to do the job for a “forever home”.”

Kahn Preece

“Very happy with the quality and attention to detail of our new custom build from Indie Living. Ben quoted and delivered on budget and completed ahead of schedule. We’re receiving many compliments on the end result and it’s a lovely home. Have recommended Greg and Ben to others embarking on the same process.”

AB

“We had a great experience building a new house with Indie Living. Ben is detail oriented, meticulous and proactive in making sure deadlines are met and all costs are fully explained. The team was committed to quality workmanship and took initiative to work through any design or building issues and suggest solutions. Our house was on time and on budget. The whole process was pain-free and we are very happy with the end result.”

HR

“We couldn’t be happier with our build from Indie Living. Right from the start we believed Ben had costed everything such that there would be no surprises at the end – and we were right. Greg’s project management culminated in a quality product. They’re a great team!”

John Gillies

“As this was our first time building a home we took our time finding the right fit for us. Finally making the decision to build a custom home with Indie Living. We have been so happy with the whole process from start to finish. We were very involved throughout, Ben and Greg were both excellent at keeping us up to date with any progress and any changes required. Nothing felt like it was too hard and we never felt like being there was an issue. We are over the moon with the end result and moving into our brand new home has been a dream come true. We highly recommended Indie Living to anyone looking at building a new home.”

Carly Anthony

“Renovations are stressful at the best of times and my husband and I decided to start ours shortly after our second baby was born. Thankfully, Ben and Greg were on-board with making the process of renovation as smooth as possible and we have a beautiful family home as a result. We would recommend Indie Living to anyone looking to renovate or build they have done a fantastic job.”

Jem Burgess

“Building a custom designed home is exciting but scary at the same time. Ben and Greg guided us through the process from start to finish. We love our amazing new home! We are so happy with the high quality and it is exactly the house we wanted. The team at Indie Living did a great job and we would highly recommend them.”

Ziona Russell

“I highly recommend Ben, Greg and their team at Indie living. They are a reliable and professional team and expect everyone involved to produce work of the highest quality. Our house looks amazing. They go above and beyond expectations to make the building process run smoothly.”

Stephen Knipe

“We consider ourselves lucky to have been able to work with Ben and Greg of Indie Living. They both bent over backward to complete a large renovation on a short time schedule. Being afar whilst the reno was happening was stressful and Ben was amazing at keeping us informed and involved with phone calls and photos throughout the process. So happy with the incredible job well done!!!:)”

Krista Monkhouse

“We had Ben and the team do extensive renovations on our home which included Ensuite and deck extensions and 1 year later a deck roof addition. Couldn’t be happier with their professionalism and willingness to adapt to our changes. The quality of work was fantastic and even with some bad weather the timeframe didn’t budge. Well priced work for a great job. Would absolutely recommend.”

Neville Winter

“Extending a house is a costly and stressful project and we are lucky to have found Indie living considering some of the stories you hear about renos gone wrong and dodgy tradies. Ben and his team were exceptional in the way they handled the extension of our property. They assisted us in making our design better, kept to schedule, communicated very well, were flexible in the way they worked with required or unforseen changes and also met all of our requests in a prompt fashion. I highly recommend them and the quality of their work is always high. We love our new house!”

Martin Payne

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