Col Neate commenced Neater Homes in 1982 with a desire to build homes which were better designed for our North Queensland climate, incorporating lots of cross flow ventilation, spacious living areas and alfresco entertainment areas. The home designs were exceptional, winning many awards for being exclusively adapted to the North Australian lifestyle. Cols view is that every home in North Queensland should be a showpiece of contemporary, subtropical living with a layout incorporating a number of environmental factors, that make the most of Northern Australia's tropical climate. Col believes that a home should be well thought-out, for the family that lives there and above all, functional.
Designing and Building is in his blood. Col loves to tastefully design areas which create an atmosphere and he loves to see the outcome of his efforts. When he started the company in the early 80s, the project building industry in Cairns was in its infancy. Most homes were small, mass produced and poorly designed. Col preferred a different approach. He listened to what his clients really wanted. Many project builders like to sell their plans 'off the shelf', and many architects like to promote their own ideas and vision. However sometimes a house plan is inappropriate for an allotment, or it doesn't fit what people imagined they were looking for. Sadly, many will go along with it and inevitably the result is a design that exceeds their budget and doesn't resemble their dream home expectations. Unhappy clients.
Listen and learn, thats Cols secrete at Neater.
The first thing he does when he sits down with you as a new client, is asks what you are typically look for. He'll find out if you prefer a king size bed in the master, if the kids need room for a desk in their bedroom. He'll ask about your furniture. The pieces you can't live without and the new pieces you'd like to buy. He gets you to talk about the way you live and the spaces you need. Designing and building a new home that truly meets your needs is ultimately Col's driving force. Knowing that he's met your brief and you're happy with the outcome is immensely satisfying. Knowing that he's building a relationship that will continue with your next house and the one after that is his true focus.
And it's why he started the business in the first place.
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