1000th building milestone for Customkit



Working from a small area in the back of timber yard, little did Michael Anselmi know that 22 years later, he and his team would be celebrating its 1000th building.

Customkit Buildings originally started in the yard of Pukekohe Timber in 1993, with just Michael running the show for 18 months. As the business expanded moving more into specialised timber barns and barn style homes, he realised that he could no longer work from 5am to 8pm, seven days week – things had to change. He now has a team of 11 staff at their Pukekohe premises and Customkit design and sell their buildings throughout the nation.
It is incredibly ironic how both Customkit’s first and 1000th build are located in the Franklin region. The first building, described as a large scale garden and implement shed, was completed at Wrights Water Gardens in Patumahoe.
The 1000th building is a project currently being built by long-time Custom kit fans, Robin Verhoef and partner, Casey Costello. It will be positioned in their current project – a lifestyle subdivision development in Pokeno.
Both agree that they keep coming back to Customkit Buildings for the future buildings in the development due to the great service, open mindedness and quality of the finished materials delivered to the site. “We’ve never had any problems dealing with them, and have the peace of mind knowing that things will go smoothly. Believe me, this is invaluable on any building project, but particularly when the scale increases and you have to balance a whole bunch of variables,” says Robin.
The milestone achievement has snuck up on Michael, and he believes that excellent customer service has helped contribute the longevity and success of the business.
“The challenge for us was to become a company that people would feel at home with when coming to discuss housing options. You have to read the market and diversify to survive; otherwise you will get left behind. We give the option that allows people to have as much input as they want and are always accommodating to their suggestions and ideas. There is something so special about building your own home and we want to harness that.”
Michael is excited for the future of Customkit Buildings, although asked where he will be in the next 20 years he replied ‘hopefully retired.’ The 1000th building should be completed by the end of September.

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