With a strong determination to succeed, and a dedication to getting the job done on time and on budget, Kim is the driving force behind Refresh Renovations Franklin.
It has now been over 10 years since Kim and Craig bravely left their life in South Africa and began the journey for a new and better life in New Zealand. It takes courage to pack up your life, leave all of your friends behind and move to a foreign land. It’s this courage and determination that sees Kim always striving for the best - for her clients, her team, and her family.
Kim’s talents have been employed in both residential and commercial projects. She has held project management positions with the likes of leading brand ECC and has been involved with high profile projects such as Westfield’s Albany and Chartwell properties, and developments with Air New Zealand and SkyCity.
After studying Interior Architecture in South Africa, Kim went on to work as an Architectural Specifier in the paint industry which later led into design and project management roles in both commercial and mid to high end residential projects. Being exposed to superb marketing and international training with world leaders, has given Kim the tools to be an outstanding project manager and design consultant – understanding the importance of budgeting, planning, detailing and client communication.
Since living in New Zealand, Kim has been fortunate to have worked with some of New Zealand best designers on some very prestigious projects throughout New Zealand and overseas, assisting with sourcing, specification and implementation of products and design. These roles have taken Kim to international design related fairs on a number of occasions – any designers dream! Kim’s most recent role prior to becoming a home renovation consultant, was as Nationals Sales Consultant for Zumtobel Group, promoting the Zumtobel brand to architects and engineers.
Organising teams, and ensuring project outcomes are delivered to the highest standard, is Kim’s priority. She’s known as a tough task master among some tradespeople, continually driving progress until the project is complete. But it’s that same dedication to achieving the desired result that has also seen those same tradespeople continuing to partner with Kim and Refresh Renovations Franklin.
Renovation work requires the skills of a specialist and Kim invests time and energy in working with her clients to ensure the end result looks attractive, and performs at a high level. Kim knows that integrity is critical to a client relationship, and she understands that cost and time over-runs are some of the biggest concerns home owners have when considering a renovation project. That’s why Kim is confident to put her name to the Refresh Renovations client promise – completing your renovation project, on time, and on budget.
In her personal life, for Kim, family is number one. Kim and her husband Craig have two talented children, both of whom are involved in polocrosse at a national level and have represented New Zealand. A passion for travel and a growing interest in art, will likely see Kim travelling the art galleries of the world when she retires one distant day in the future.
Until then, spare time in summer is spent travelling around the North Island, hauling horse floats and kids to the next polocrosse event and supporting them in every way they can. They’re a sport mad bunch, and Craig’s earlier rugby playing days ensures there’s a close following of rugby come winter time. Go the AB’s!
Waiuku has been home now for the past four years and they absolutely love the area. The friendly, community-minded people are the foundation of a town providing the perfect blend of urban and rural living. Kim and her family have felt so welcomed, and are always keen to get involved in happenings within their wonderful community.
Wide open spaces, the stunning and varied beaches and the beautiful forest, provide a gorgeous playground for plenty of outdoor fun, including hiking, fishing and swimming. And being so near to the wider Auckland and Waikato regions, means it never takes long to get to where they need to be.
Being able to create the best outcomes for her clients whilst working with a great team, is why Kim loves owning and leading Refresh Renovations Franklin.
Awards: 2014 New Franchise of the Year