Three Decades of Trusting Simonds
It’s been 30 years since Connie Biviano placed her trust in Simonds to build her family home. Since then, countless memories and life milestones have unfolded within its four walls. Now, she’s passed her long-lasting trust in Simonds on to the next generation, as her son Kyle is set to embark on his first home journey with us.
For Connie Biviano, family is everything.
You can tell from the moment you step inside her home and see the framed family photos that line her sideboards and the much-loved dining table which has been at the centre of nightly family dinners over the past three decades.
For Connie, it all started back in 1992 when she was just 24 years old and decided to build her future home in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. At the time, she didn’t know a thing about building or what it involved, but her family was always her biggest consideration.
She began sifting through floor plans, searching for a cosy home with a heritage feel and spacious bedrooms. She stumbled across Simonds and ‘The Cottage’ home design, and now, 30 years and four children on, her beautiful home still stands to tell the story of her family.
Take a trip down memory lane
Connie is one of the thousands of home owners who have trusted Simonds with their Great Australian Dream over the last 73 years. This trust stems from the proud Simonds legacy of being a hands-on, family-run business with a commitment to building quality homes that spans three generations.
Just as this legacy is passed down from one Simonds generation to the next, Connie is now passing her trust in Simonds on to her next generation, as her son Kyle takes the exciting first steps towards his first home with us.
To hear all of the memories behind ‘The Cottage’, we’ve called on our proud ambassador, Shelley Craft, to pay Connie and Kyle a special visit.
Take a look back at Connie’s home
Step inside The Cottage
A lot has changed since the 1990s, but Connie’s trust in Simonds has never wavered. Over the last three decades, her home has survived years of pets, celebrations and big milestones. As her children have grown from toddlers to teenagers to young adults, their home has been right there beside them through it all.
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with Shelley and Connie
with Shelley and Connie
Trust is the foundation that every Simonds home is built on, did you find that in your experience?
Absolutely, I loved everything about Simonds and what they did for us. We were very new to the whole process at the time. I was only 24 years old, what would I know about building a house? But they helped us step by step and we came out with a beautifully finished home at the end of the day. And we’re really proud.
It’s obviously a wonderful neighbourhood that you chose, what was it like back then?
We were one of the first ones in the area. There were a couple of display homes while ours was getting built, but we had no neighbours at the time. One by one, we watched all the neighbours come in. Some have since moved away, some of them have stayed, but it’s a beautiful neighbourhood here.
Can you tell us some of your other favourite memories that have happened in the home? What have you celebrated here?
We’ve celebrated the kids' births, one by one. Now, I have four kids. Then came the birthdays, the pets, the kids turning 18, Kyle’s wild 21st birthday outside in the garden. Memories that mean, I can’t move away from my home, because I love my home to this day.
You’re still in your home, 30 years on, which is a testament to how much you love it. Do you have a favourite room?
The kitchen! The kitchen is where it all happens in my family. I love my family moments, with lots of food, and all of my kids. It’s the most used room in the house.
Now, one of your gorgeous children is about to embark on building their first family home. Connie, you obviously had a hand in this, why did you recommend Simonds?
When Kyle came to me and said, “Mum, I want to build a house”...I didn’t really think anything of it. I just thought he’s got ideas. But then he came to me with a floor plan and I thought geez, he’s really serious! He showed me the floor plan and all I saw was the Simonds logo. I said, “do you know back in the day, we built with Simonds, so go for it!”.
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