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Thorne Group

THORNE GROUP: BUILDING ARCHITECTURAL HOMES SINCE 2007

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Thorne Group is a family-owned and operated business based in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, dedicated to creating unique homes of exceptional quality that stand the test of time, whatever your budget. Our commitment to exceeding expectations and strong core values have made us one of the most respected building companies in the region.

One of our unique strengths is our collaborative approach to projects.  Whether you engage your own designer or choose to take advantage of our alliance with award-winning design partner - TG Architecture, we will apply the same collaborative approach to your project.


This synergy brings together architectural design and construction into a unique all-in-one service, simplifying the process and ensuring a cohesive vision from concept to completion.

Being a Registered Master Builder since 2007, we have earned numerous accolades, including multiple House of the Year Gold Awards. Our consistent focus on trust and quality also led to us being named the Most Trusted Home Builder for the Bay of Plenty in 2022.

What our clients say

Hilary & Rob

Thorne Group were excellent through every step of our design and build journey. We’d never built before and our site was quite complex, so we knew we’d need both design and build expertise. We wanted to enjoy the building process and work with a company where we’d be listened to, thoroughly involved in the process and treated with respect. All roads led to Thorne Group and we’ve been exceedingly happy with the choice we made.

We’ve now been in our new home for just over a month, after a handover that was on the exact date set out in the schedule prepared in September 2021. This was despite the challenging building environment in 2021/2022 and we’re sure is testament to the strong and co-operative relationships they have with their trusted team of sub-trades and suppliers.

The BuilderTrend app was a fantastic tool, and gave us ready access to the build schedule and progress photos. Our Project Manager, Scott, was awesome, very patient with our rookie questions and his attention to detail was 2nd to none.

You get a real sense of family when you choose The Thorne Group and we’re so, so happy that we entrusted them with the design and build of our new home.

Robin and Sarah

Robin and Sarah have built 3 homes with us in the last 10 years as their requirements and desires have changed. Below is a Q&A of their experience with us over the last decade. What made you choose them in the first place? Design, value for money and superb build quality. The Thorne trademark.

What makes you keep coming back/why have you chosen to work with the Thorne Group each time? We don’t think that we could find better. We looked at many competitors show homes and the finish and specification (included in the build price) doesn’t match that of the Thorne Group

What sets Thorne Group apart? You feel part of a family, an exclusive club. People who have Thorne houses are very happy to talk about their experience with nothing but praise.

What would you say to the phrase ‘building is a stressful process’? We would say that you might want to think about choosing a different builder.

John and Dianne

Our introduction to Thorne Group came through watching our friends build their lovely new home with this Company. Their whole experience went so well we decided to brave it and here we are today living in our beautiful home and very happy to recommend them to anyone looking to build.

We have to thank Jon McAlpine for our Architect, Gavin Morrow our project manager and Craig and his team of builders whom all showed such Professionalism, dedication and Pride in their work, ensuring a well managed, transparent process for us. Access to builder trend enabled us to see daily progress through photos and written updates, even while travelling overseas.

We have been living in our new home for 6 months now, and loving it, when you have a great team supporting you, you get great results.

Cheers Thorne Group and Many Thanks,

Richard and Jenni

Smart design, quality build and the experience of others is what initially attracted us to the Thorne group. Being a local family business with a great reputation also gave us confidence that we chose the right company for our project. We are absolutely delighted with our new home and the design and build process could not have been smoother.

Our home was designed by Thorne Architecture. Jon understood what we were hoping to achieve right away and produced a design that is perfect for us – smart, compact, stylish and practical.

Dan, was the ideal project manager – looking after our home like it was his own. Communication was consistent and clear throughout and the whole build process was transparent in every way. We always knew what was happening and we had the added bonus of being able to track progress via Buildertrend – an online tool that enabled us to track the build from start to finish. Everything ran like clockwork with our home being handed over right on schedule and in budget.

Quality of the workmanship was just that – Quality, and the attention to detail with the contracting, invoicing and any variations, meant there were no surprises – except our surprise at how easy and enjoyable the whole process has been. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Thorne Group to anyone who is wanting to build a new home – we are so very pleased we did.

Kurt and Bridgette

We had the good fortune to build with The Thorne Group and 2 months after moving into our new home we know we definitely made the right decision in choosing to do so. Our house was designed by Jon McAlpine of Thorne Group Architecture who very quickly understood the style and feel of the house we wanted. He went on to create a design that we loved and which ticked all our boxes as a family-friendly home with areas of separation for older children but still with spaces to spend time together as a family. Jon was always extremely helpful and full of great advice in our dealings with him.

The building phase was overseen by Aaron our project manager. He was great to deal with, continually kept us updated and his organisational skills are second to none. This made for an extremely efficient and smooth build. We loved having access to the Builder Trend website which was updated regularly with photos and info so we were never left wondering what was going on. Every other person we dealt with along the way was friendly and professional and held extremely high standards which is obvious in the finished product.

We love our home so we won't be moving anytime soon but if we were to build again we would go straight back to the Thorne Group and have already recommended them to friends and colleagues looking at building.

Papamoa

Our daughter had built with Thorne group and we had seen what an easy and enjoyable experience that had been and how happy she was with her home. When we decided to move to Tauranga we were keen to build with Thorne group. We were not disappointed. We were guided every step of the way, making design changes to individualism in our home. The team from office to site manager and builders were excellent. A good selection of fittings was offered and the standard of finish is top notch. Regular photos kept us in touch with progress and we moved in on time and very satisfied. We would not hesitate to recommend Thorne building group. When we moved to Tauranga and searched for a builder to construct our home, we had a lot of options. What makes Thorne Group stands out is the team who are highly organized, efficient and understands the importance of customer service. It is rare to find such quality in construction business today and we wanted to go with an experienced family business who values the clients' needs. The process from design to final touches was smooth and pleasant, having our project manager Dan as the main point of contact was brilliant. He's very responsive, accommodating and worked with us through the inevitable hiccups along the way. When we had ideas and questions, he listened and always did his best to make things happen. In 2017 when we decided to move and build again, there wasn't a doubt that we would go with Thorne Group. Today we enjoy growing our twin boys in a home where we invested so much love and have cherished from day one thanks to the positive experience Thorne Group has provided us.

Henry and Stef

I couldn't be happier with my new home and working with the guys at The Thorne Group was an absolute pleasure. I knew from the outset that they were working for me and that they always made what I, as the client, wanted the priority.

Having the one single location for design and build meant that there was never any partisanship and you knew that all the info was on the table and discussed thoroughly before needing to make a decision. It was well planned and stress-free and I would recommend them in a heart beat.

Cynthia, Michael, Lin & Li Speth

What makes Thorne Group stands out is the team who are highly organized, efficient and understand the importance of customer service. It is rare to find such quality in construction business today and we wanted to go with an experienced family business who values the clients' needs.

The process from design to final touches was smooth and pleasant, having our project manager Dan as the main point of contact was brilliant. He's very responsive, accommodating and worked with us through the inevitable hiccups along the way. When we had ideas and questions, he listened and always did his best to make things happen. In 2017 when we decided to move and build again, there wasn't a doubt that we would go with Thorne Group. Today we enjoy growing our twin boys in a home where we invested so much love and have cherished from day one thanks to the positive experience Thorne Group has provided us.

Jenny

The workmanship was of a very high standard

The project manager, Dan Price, walked me through every step and was so obliging. Any questions I had were always answered promptly

Thorne Group were a wonderful company to build my fabulous new home with. The process from start to finish was made so easy for me, being a retired widow.,and there is nothing I could fault in my new house.
I cannot recommend Thorne Group highly enough

Thank you for making the project so easy for me

Richard & Trish

Jon, our architect was so skillful in his approach and was able to help us to make the most of the space we had. He was patient as we made many changes to the plans. His friendly, professional approach put us at ease quickly and he was a pleasure to work with.
You, personally, made the beginning process so easy and stress-free. We never had to worry about what was happening at the Tauranga end and could get on with selling our house in Auckland. You were generous with your time and your approach to our situation.

We also wanted to let you know that we really appreciated Dan Price's hard work and commitment to us as Project Manager. He was focused and committed to having our house completed on time.

Finally, the house itself has such a high-quality look and finish and we are extremely pleased with the outcome. We have had friends come and visit and they have given us excellent feedback about the look, style and, of course, location.

So, all in all, an excellent outcome for us, thank you again.

David & Jane

Being in the residential development business ourselves we were more than aware of the many pitfalls that can arise in and around construction and we can now emphatically state that not once did we experience a bad moment during the whole duration of our build.

Heath Daley, who led the mainstay team of Rob and Harrison, under the directorship of Gavin Morrow, were a formidable group who communicated and actioned without fault. They were able to accommodate special requests of using some of our own subcontractors and were generally flexible with any demands put on them. Quality and client satisfaction is paramount when it comes to this Company. Gavin, Aaron, and Peter are a combination that provides the best possible results for their growing client list, and we, who have experienced their service, highly recommend them to build your home. You won’t be disappointed.

Sharon and Paul

We have built several other new homes in the past but found the process with the Thorne Group a dream. From the initial contact, the design selection stage, to the final result we were very pleased with the communication and skill of all involved.
We loved the modern technology they used, especially as we weren't local, we could jump onto the website, check the schedule, and look at recent images at every stage. As an added bonus, and very rare, as any TV show will show you, we were on a budget and on time. Perfect score all around

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