While the Maddren name has long been synonymous with the Kumeu area, the company’s award-winning contemporary homes seem a world apart from the Kumeu of the late 1890s. Then most of the land was uncultivated and Kumeu was a village in name only. Those early residents had to make do with a small general store, post office, butcher, bakery and a blacksmith. Today, the region is thriving with people attracted to the combination of countryside setting, restaurants, specialty shops, boutique wineries and easy motorway access to the city. It’s what attracted Tony Anderson and his family to the area. When Tony purchased Maddren homes in (2009) he was buying into both Kumeu’s past and its future.
At first glance it would appear there is little in common with the polished concrete mono pitched roof and stainless steel fittings of a Maddren built Muriwai Beach home and the old homesteads that once dotted the Kumeu landscape. But there is a link between past and present. The men who logged the Kauri and built the first houses had the skills, knowledge and craft to build both homes and community. This was hands on building; timbers sawn by hand, perfection achieved by touch and by feel. At Maddren they are building contemporary homes with techniques and technologies that have stood the test of time. Building fashions might have changed, but craft remains key.