After spending seven years 'swinging spanners' in the mining maintenance Industry Sam Jackson now not only has a new Martin Locke Home to call his own, but a new career within the MLH team.
Sam is now living and breathing our Entourage Series at work and at home.
Armed with his real-life experience of having built a Martin Locke Home, Sam says he cannot wait to help others to fulfill their hopes of building a home and to show other first home buyers the dream is achievable!
Why did you decide to build your first home?
To build a home for myself meant a lot to me. I built with the flexibility of not knowing what stage of life I will be at in 5 years time. I hope to have a family within the next few years, it means the world to me knowing that I have an incredible home to begin the journey.
Why did you choose Martin Locke Homes as your builder?
The inclusions of a Martin Locke home were miles above anything else I was offered. With other builders I found myself forking out more money for extras which I felt should already have been included in any new home. Features such as 2700mm ceilings, LED lighting, quality plumbing fixtures, livable sized bedrooms and garage etc.
This was a huge step to take on my own. Being my first home, I was very green in the process of buying, let alone building but I felt at ease with the MLH team and supported the entire way. I was never left in the dark and I appreciated the transparency. I felt that anything I had not considered or missed within the design and selection period would be taken care of, through the quality of the product and the finish that MLH prides themselves on.
Building on a single income was certainly a challenge, especially with great mates who love spending $$ on a beer or two at the Seaview. Although my home is testament that it can be done, anything is possible if you want it enough.
What was the most memorable part of the build process?
It's got to be the slab stage beer and BBQ!
What would you say to other first home buyers looking to get into the new home market?
Building your first home with MLH is a no-brainer, having a team behind you with your best interest at heart gives you incredible confidence in the step that you're taking. To own a home boasting so many different qualities, opens up rental and resale opportunities in the future.
Having a tight budget of a single income and three dogs, I only entered the MLH display home as a speculator, given their huge reputation as a custom builder.
I was blown away with what my budget could achieve and the manner which we changed and rearranged things to suit. The energy that was invested into me and my design as a tight-arse client was second to none, it was an entirely different service to anywhere else I had been. Between the quality of my home, standard inclusions and extras, the silver accessibility standard and the ease and organisation of the design and build process, I could not be happier.
There is not a single thing I would change about my home. I pride myself on it, and it would not have been achievable without Martin Locke Homes.
How did you come to join the MLH team?
I worked big hours over the past few years and sacrificed some pretty big things including relationships and a very nice 8-cylinder Toyota to build my home. I was on the search for a more ‘lifestyle friendly’ and ‘fulfilling’ position once taking ownership.
Within 2 days of handover, Lockey offered me an air-conditioned position and I now have soft hands with no callouses.
I cannot wait to help other people to fulfill their own dreams of building a home, whatever their motive might be.