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How It All Began

at 3 years old

Dave Harwood tries his hand at building his Grandparents home. Dave always had a desire to create. So much so that when he was a young boy he built a tree hut in the neighbour's prized tree because it was better than what he had in his own backyard!


Dave and Kirsty established the partnership known as David Harwood Builders.

Together they did everything themselves from building to bookwork.


The company Harwood Homes was formed and the first show home was built creating a buzz of interest, selling before it was even finished!


Harwood Homes led the trend with the first fully furnished show home. This allowed people to better visualize what their home could look like.

This home was also Harwood Homes first entry in the Master Builders House of the Year competition in 1996.


By this stage the business had grown to the point where it needed to bring in other people with the skills and talents to take it to the next level. The first of many street developments was started, creating a neighbourhood of Harwood Homes. People loved the idea of knowing the home next door would also be a special Harwood creation thus helping retaining the value of their own properties.


After several local, regional and national reserve wins Harwood Homes won a national award for the show home in Palm Springs, Papamoa.


Harwood Homes won the Business of the Year award for Manufacturing and Distribution as well as becoming finalists in the Community Service and Site Safety Awards.


With the launch of Harwood Homes new show home in The Lakes Tauranga another milestone was reached. This home was the culmination of 20 years’ experience, a top team of tradesmen and inspiration from the people of the Bay.


Harwood Homes opened their second showhome at the Lakes – The Woodview showhome was crowned the 2009 National Winner of the Showhome category in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards.


All three entries in the 2011 Registered Master Builders 2011 House of the Year Awards were Gold Award winners along with all three being named as 2011 National Gold Reserve Finalists.  For the second year running Harwood Homes also received the People’s Choice award voted by the people of the Bay.


We are excited about what the future brings and look forward to continuing to lead the way in new home design and quality workmanship.