Meet Roger Connell from InVision Homes
For over a decade, Invision Homes has been building homes in Southeast Queensland and is one of the preferred residential builders in the Waterlea community. The company founder and a carpenter by trade, Roger Connell takes the time to chat with Waterlea Living about all things building and why Waterlea might be the answer to your next home question.
Thank you for joining us, Roger. What are the values that you believe Waterlea offers to its residents?
Waterlea is fast establishing itself as a self-contained community and has almost single-handily reinvigorated the historic township of Walloon. With the Waterlea central parklands, playgrounds and walking pathways, it is an exceptional lifestyle choice for families with children and anyone who wants to take advantage of Queensland outdoor living and activities.
Tell us about Invision and its product offering.
As the founding director of InVision and carpenter by trade, I started the company in 2007 and have worked in the construction industry for almost 30 years. Invision Homes is a family business with Brad, my nephew, working as one of our construction managers and his wife as our office manager. Our objective is to provide a first-class customer experience from day one through to the after move-in warranty service.
How does the process start as a customer engages Invision Homes to build their home?
From the initial engagement to the handover of a completed home, it is typically a six-month cycle. We work with customers to arrange their finance, get building costs and budgets sorted out, customise the house design, and get contracts signed. If the customer’s land is registered, the building works can start within six to eight weeks. The build time for a custom house is 20 to 22 weeks from the time the slab is poured.
Annually we build about 60 to 70 homes and work with a loyal and trusted group of trades – many have worked with us from the early days. With this in mind, we have tighter quality control and consistency in our deliverables, therefore ensuring an outstanding result for our customers.
Does Invision customise house designs for its customers?
We give a challenge to our customers: if they can’t find a house plan they love within our portfolio of almost 1,100 house designs, Invision Homes will design a custom house for them with our compliments. There is no charge to customise any of our house plans; however, once the house design has been signed off by the customer, a change incurs a cost.
With the advent of virtual reality house planning programs, our customers can experience a virtual walk-through of their home before they approve the final design.
What design layout and features are your customers looking for their home?
Our buyers aspire to kitchens with walk-in pantries, stone island benches, pendant lights above the bench top, and cabinet drawers in lieu of doors. They want multiple living areas, high ceilings, and ducted air conditioning. In the bathrooms, above bench basins and expansive vanity mirrors are popular.
In terms of exterior styles, the Coastal Hampton’s façade that references the 1900s Queenslanders are in demand, and we have a 1900s workman’s cottage that is well-suited for rural settings.
Tell us about how customers go about selecting finishes and materials for their new home; and your preferred suppliers.
At the Invision Homes office, we have a colour room with interior and exterior finish choices for customers to make their selections. Beko is our kitchen and laundry appliance company of choice. It is a Turkish brand which offers a generous 5-year warranty and excellent after purchase customer service. Taubmans’ paints, Smart Stone reconstituted stone for bench tops, Laminex joinery finishes and Samsung ducted air conditioning systems are some of the trusted name-brands that we use.
What are popular interior colour palettes?
Trending now is whites, grey and soft timber tones which pairs a modern design aesthetic with a timeless finish. With kitchen joinery, we use a layer of materials, colour and textures which adds depth and interest.
What is a popular colour palette for exterior finishes?
Following the Waterlea architectural guidelines, we use three different exterior façade claddings with colour palettes drawn from the natural Australian landscape. Whites, soft grey and colours such as charcoal or walnut are popular colours as the roof.
Tell me about energy-efficient initiatives: as example, LED lighting, paints with low VOC ratings, energy efficient appliances and mechanical systems – AC, kitchen and laundry.
Our homes are constructed to achieve a six-star rating. Inclusions are ceiling fans, LED lighting, exterior wall and ceiling insulation; instantaneous gas hot water systems and a roof ventilator.
As a name-brand Southeast Queensland builder, what is your point of difference?
An irreplaceable point of difference is our people – from our receptionist to our tradespeople – everyone is motivated to produce an exceptional outcome. Invision Homes does not offer cookie cutter solutions. As part of our service, we work with our customers to personalise their home to suit their individual style. Like many successful businesses, our next project often begins with a satisfied customer’s referral, and we strive to keep those referrals coming.