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Manawatu & Horowhenua

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102A Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North, 4410

Looking for a new home in Manawatu & Horowhenua?

Nigel & Yuliia Higgison

Looking to build a new home in Manawatū? We pride ourselves in creating beautiful homes uniquely designed for you, no cookie cutters round here.

“We believe in talking to clients honestly - not just telling them what they want to hear. We strive to suggest clever alternatives to problems if and when they occur. The build process has a lot of moving parts and can be very complex. Our team enjoys taking the stress out of the process for our clients.”

- Nigel & Yuliia Higgison of Sentinel Homes Manawatū.

With our decades of building experience, we’ll guide you through each stage of the design and build process. From understanding your needs, and coming up with a unique design (whether that’s totally bespoke, or a modified version of one of our plans) through to bringing that design to life.

By the end you’ll have a home that is truly tailored to you.

If you’re looking to build your dream home in Manawatū - whether that’s a modern family home in the likes of Palmerston North or Fielding, a beachside getaway in Foxton, or a lifestyle dwelling in the country, we’d love to chat.

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Contact us today!

Nigel Higgison

Managing Director

027 623 7024

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Design & build Your dream home

The Sentinel Homes ‘Design and Build’ approach is about giving you a home that is unique to you and your family. Designed for how you live. No cookie cutter homes around here. We can approach your project in a couple of ways:

completely custom

If you’re looking for something completely custom, we’ll guide you through the design process from floor plans to finishings - the only limit is your imagination. Bring along your ideas and inspiration and work with our team to come up with something that is uniquely yours.

Start from an existing plan

Or, perhaps you’d prefer the inspiration of one of our many existing plans? This can be the springboard from which to design your dream home. All plans can be modified in any way to suit you. Extra bedroom? Easy. Larger kitchen and living? No problem. A home office or art studio? Consider it done.

With Sentinel Homes, no two houses are ever the same!

Which design & build option best suits you?

Quote your plans

If you have plans already, we can give you a build-only price.

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Tailor one of our plans

Choose from hundreds of proven existing plans you can customise to fit your family.

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Custom design

Work with our designers to create a one-of-a-kind home.

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Nigel & Yuliia Higgison

Owner of

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Manawatu & Horowhenua

Nigel has developed a vast knowledge of the construction and engineering industry. His career started in the late 80s after cyclone bowler devastated the east coast of New Zealand and machine operators were in high demand. His great work ethic and management skills quickly moved him through the ranks to project manage large jobs like lowering the depth of the harbour in Milford sound for cruise ships, extending the Wellington Harbour wharf and diverting the river flows below the chateau in the Tongariro national park.

Nigel went into business himself in 2001, with bobcats, excavators and other heavy vehicle services in the Manawatu. In 2005 he purchased the Higgins Concrete plant in Feilding and expanded to include landscape supplies.

Privately, Nigel has been developing subdivisions and project managing multiple duplex builds while honing his skills on the compliance side of the industry.

The purchase of the Sentinel Homes Franchise for the central North Island area was a natural progression, and something he's very excited about.

Nigel met Yuliia in Europe 7 years ago and after travelling around the world together they got engaged in Paris and she moved to New Zealand permanently two years later. Yuliia has a University degree in language and owned a large successful business in Europe teaching English as a second language. Her calm influence and analytical approach complement Nigel's practical abilities.

Sentinel Homes in the Manawatu is a family business. Nigel's oldest son Reuben is a qualified LBP builder of 9 years and oversees the construction of all our homes. He's detail oriented, and everything is built to an extremely high standard. Nigels cousin Barry brings a lifetime of sales experience, and helps make the whole build process as enjoyable and transparent as possible for our clients.

Born and Bred in the Manawatu, the team are all very proud to call this area home and realise the importance of making your build experience enjoyable.

Call the team anytime we would love to help you achieve your goals!

Meet our talented team

Nigel Higgison

Managing Director

027 623 7024


Explore our Floor plans and house style ideas

We offer a huge range of plans for you to browse. It doesn’t matter whether you want single level, 2 storey, 3 bedrooms, 5 bedrooms with an office - the range of plans we have for you to pick from is vast. The best part? You can customise any of these plans to your own needs. Save some of your favourite ideas, then let's meet to design a home that suits your family perfectly.

Find house & land packages in Manawatu & Horowhenua

This is an excellent way to get into a new build if you haven’t yet found that ideal piece of land. We source incredible sections across the Waikato and develop plans to maximise their potential.

Our team has the consent and pre-build details covered so you don’t have to worry.

The choice is yours - build from the plan we’ve chosen, or design the dwelling however you like on your new section. Browse the current house and land packages below.

We are more than happy for you to reach out to us to see what’s possible - and what new sections might be coming up.

Manawatu & Horowhenua subdivision Experts

If You've  got the land. We can do the rest.

You no longer need to be an experienced property developer to subdivide and build on your land.

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Find out what's possible!

Many clients are surprised at how many possibilities there are with their land.

Single home, 800m² sites have been transformed into 5, 6 or even 7 town houses, providing a whole portfolio of assets many people only dream of. Much larger sites can be split up into smaller sections for standalone new builds.

If you’re looking to maximise the potential of your site, or just want to help your children into the market by adding one or two more homes, our team is here to help.  


explore some of the houses we've built

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Communication & Pricing

We strive for crystal clear communication and transparent pricing, so you are always in the know.

We've always known that above all, our clients want great communication, and no surprises when it comes to pricing.

Our team uses proven systems and processes to make sure you are always in-the-know, and our pricing and specification documents ensure you know exactly what you are getting, right down to the colour of the door handle, before you sign the build contract.

Find out more about our pricing here, or how we use The Sentinel App to communicate with you throughout the build.

real clients tell their story

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what's next?

Let’s get together for a free, no-pressure meeting with one of our team, at your place or ours.

We can't wait to hear your ideas!

Call 0800 456 321