The Family of Exeter Homes

Chris, Victoria and Vera-Lee Travis of Exeter Homes
Chris, Victoria and Vera-Lee Travis of Exeter Homes

One of the most humbling things about building our transportable homes is seeing the smiles and tears of joy from new owners as we deliver their home. For many, it is their first home and that comes with an extra special feeling of accomplishment for our team.

It is about seeing dreams come to fruition, building a legacy, and creating new memories for generations to come.

Family is hugely important to Exeter Homes, and that is why we decided to name each home plan we designed after the given names of our family and extended family who are no longer with us. We honour family with our designs and their names leave a special connection to us when the home becomes yours.

Exeter Homes house names are based on family members. This is William.


Introducing ‘WILLIAM’, Chris’s Grandfather. A happy-go-lucky man who enjoyed a tipple or two.

Bill (as he was called by many), convinced his mother to let him go off to war even though he wasn’t yet of age. He joined the airforce and traveled the world training for combat and by the time his training ended the war was all but over.

What would he love most about his house? Everything. And he would have built the entire thing himself.


Introducing ‘CYNTHIA’, Victoria’s mother. Known affectionately as Cindy, she was full of spirit and was one of the hardest working nurses around.

A talented pianist with an incredible voice who loved to embarrass her kids by singing dirty songs in the car with their friends.

What would she love most about her house? That she could close the hallway door and ignore the mess in the bedrooms!


Harold was a forward-thinker. Raising his three boys in a small coal mining town in England he knew he had to keep them out of the pit, so he took a job in New Zealand and the family started a new journey. He was a cheeky man that wasn’t adverse to changing the rules of a game mid-way through to better suit his hand. What would Harold love about his home? Harold would love sitting in his chair in the middle of the home watching Marjorie potter around him.


Yvonne was full of class and sophistication. Yvonne travelled extensively, enjoyed Opera, food and wine, beautiful clothes and new cars. She adored her grandchildren and spent many hours teaching them to bellyflop over the waves and how to throw a great party. What would Yvonne love about her home – so long as it was beachfront it would be perfect!


You could always count on Philip to tell a great yarn. A story always had to be ‘true,’ your shouldn’t lie but the ‘truth’ was always a moving target and only really important so that your story seemed believable (although some of Philip’s were so incredible it did leave you wondering). Philip was a keen bushman in his younger days, a great father to four children and a dedicated fireman for the Plimmerton Fire Brigade.


Marjorie was an extraordinary woman and incredibly creative. She wrote beautiful poems and stories, knitted beautiful clothes and toys and would sing and waltz around her home with her many grand and great-grand children. As a teenager during the War, she would raise the alarm for her town to ensure everyone made it to the bomb shelter in time. What would Marjorie love about her home? – The space and her own bathroom!


Ida, affectionately known as ‘Gran Clark’ is pictured here with her son, Roy. Roy moved around a lot and could often be found in Kawhia in his later years, shooting sharks from his small fishing boat. Rumour has it he kept a penguin as a pet on his boat! Ida was incredibly regal and never left the house without a hat pinned perfectly in place and never ever would she be seen wearing trousers (that was something a woman should never do!)


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Albert was one of the friendliest blokes you could meet and took a personal interest in the people he was introduced to. A hardworker with passions he didn’t quite get enough time to indulge in; fishing and cycling took the backseat whilst Albert was in the front driving trucks. Albert loved that his son developed an interest in hunting and would have been keen to make his home a hunting lodge that they could enjoy together!


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Douglas was a champion lawn bowler, duck shooter, and a family man; often found at the piano in the sitting room with his children and grandchildren singing beside him. What would Douglas love about his home? He would have his piano in the living room and be able to watch his beautiful wife Shirley preparing a meal or a cuppa.


Charles, affectionately known as Charlie, lived an incredible life. Fighting for his country in Gallipoli and on the Western Front, Charlie was wounded out to Britain where he became one of the first New Zealanders to receive plastic surgery.

Charles would have been proud to supply any rock required for earthworks underneath his home from the quarry he owned in Wellington City.