Company Experience and Overview
PanelLock was set up in 1994, with company director Ian Stewart being involved in the Triboard housing industry since 1991.
At PanelLock, you will find a friendly team ready to assist you with a prompt, efficient and responsible attitude. You have consultants available to you from any stage, converting your existing plan, providing you with one of our standard plans from our catalogue or you can plan with our highly skilled designers your dream home.
PanelLock provides innovation by constant research & development of our product. In the last several years, we have improved panel fixing techniques. We have designed floor systems that save many hours on site and have developed ways of utilising waste off-cuts as internal doors and robe shelving. We are constantly looking to make improvements to our products.
SUSTAINABILITY is an important factor to PanelLock. Triboard is an environmentally friendly product that is strong, saves construction time and is available throughout New Zealand. It is produced locally from the Aupouri Forest, which was planted as a way to prevent erosion of the sand dunes, eventually becoming a large commercial forest. Triboard is engineered from 100% sustainable NZ Radiata pine and is made in accordance with strict quality and environmental standards (ISO, FSC).
What our customers are saying
“Please congratulate and thank all the team at PanelLock for completing a wonderful job on our house. The input from the design team, interior decorating advise, kitchen input, plus construction quality all exceed our expectations. Toshiko who worked in her fathers premier furniture making factory and has exacting standards has ticked all the boxes for all aspects of the house. A double big plus for the all concerned. Ian, your advise on construction, dealing with the red tape of FNDC and flexibility to our requirements are a credit to a very professional business approach. A Master Builder friend of mine made comment that the innovations and finish of our house was the best he had seen. We would have no hesitation in endorsing your company to any person looking for you to build for them. Thank you so much for our solidly built, warm and comfortable home. Every business success for 2016. Seasons greeting and a well earned rest to all.
“We were amazed with the speed in which the construction took place. From the initial planning and designing of the house to its final stages, it was all systems go with the Durapanel team. All phases flowed from one to the next all due Ian´s superior organization, budgeting and management skills. Each division of the Duarapanel team moved like clock work. Luke brought our house design to life with his plans and enabled us to incorporate all our additional features. The builders Davey, Howard and painter Shane were fabulous and their efficiency and attention to detail was just outstanding. Matts kitchen was exactly what I wanted and I was just thrilled with it. They were all so accommodating with us on site virtually everyday and always greeted us with a smile.”
“Thank you again for your and your teams effort in getting our house built and finished in such a short turnaround. Its lovely and justifies our decision to go with you guys. The whole process has been stress free and we will have no hesitation in recommending Durapanel to anyone thinking of building an affordable quality home. Your customer service is second to none and we have always felt we could get advice if we needed it. We will come up in a few days with some well earned beers for you and your team.”
“We would like to take the time to thank you for our lovely house and guest cabin. We found you all very friendly and a pleasure to work with, form the design & planning, throughout the build process to completion. In particular I would like to thank Sunia & Jens who were very focussed on quality and delivering the home we wanted: A turn-key project including carport, decking, covered pergola, etc.. Consultation throughout the process was outstanding. We believe you have delivered us a quality product. Our home is a pleasure to live in and we are very happy.
Many thanks to you again & have a Happy Christmas!”
“Durapanel Housing Ltd have exceeded our expectations. We live in Indonesia and the staff at Durapanel have been great at communicating with us throughout the build of our two properties. They have been so helpful and diligent. We are extremely impressed with their service and high quality of work. We would highly recommend them to anyone for any project.”
“It was a pleasure to deal with the team at Durapanel housing. I found them to have fantastic communication, being very professional throughout the whole process. Ian and his team were always courteous & accommodating with anything unforeseen that arose that was brought to their attention, always remedied in a timely, effective manner. Everyone was so helpful. Ian & his team at Durapanel Housing have been so great, thanks so much for going over and beyond to help on both my projects making it all happen. I’d definitely recommend and use Durapanel Housing North again on my next project.”
“There are many things we can say about the team at Durapanel. This was our first house build experience and our initial discussion with Ian was handled with such professionalism that after our dealings with two other prospective builders it was a great experience by comparison. Jens was on the design job immediately and again we enjoyed the experience of his knowledge and advice. They handled all the site work and the interaction with the Far North District Council for the required permits such that the transition from plans to site development to build was totally seamless and hassle free.
In the middle of winter one would expect delays but with the Durapanel system the house was closed in on the 10th day from the start of build. The design team of Jens and his wife Sunia and their advice on things like flooring, colours and ergonomics was really useful. Communication and enquiry response was excellent at all points of the design and build process.
By the end of the build, we had acquired a new set of friends.
Clearly we are absolutely delighted with our house and our first build experience and would not hesitate to do it all again but for the fact that we love the location and this house.”