Founded in 2007 by Simon Collett, Milestone Homes Nelson Bays have always held the core values of quality and value for money at the forefront of everything they've done.

From humble beginnings working from a shared office space in Richmond they've grown into one of Nelson's preferred builders of new homes consistently building over 30 homes per year.

Regional Manager Adam Hills has been with the business since their inception, starting out as a New Home Consultant and learning all aspects of the business as well as the building industry.  Over the years the team has grown but the core values of providing a quality product, value for money and a great experience for those building a home have remained. 

If you go to the office you will see the staff vision proudly on display which is “A vibrant team of people who are committed to delivering quality & true value to all stakeholders.”

Hills is very proud of the progress Milestone Homes Nelson Bays has over the years. “It is a real privilege to have provided this many homes for local Nelsonians,” says Hills.  “We are extremely fortunate to be able to contribute to the smart growth of the district with homes that will be loved by our locals for generations.”

Milestone Homes Nelson Bays pride themselves on providing not only a fantastic home but also a fantastic experience to all who choose to build with them. Communication through each stage from planning and pricing through to consent and then construction is of utmost priority to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The franchise has won a number of national awards including ‘Franchisee of the Year’ for 4 out of the last 5 years, as well as the Supreme Franchisee Award last year which is great recognition for the hard work that the team puts into everything that they do. In turn, the local team have built a strong reputation within the community, for both their smart designs & service and strong community involvement.

The franchise is a strong supporter of The Milestone Homes Top of The South Speedway as well as running their ‘Make a Difference’ Christmas appeal.  They also staunch sponsors of local initiatives like ‘No Child Left Inside’, a non-profit business that works to increase children’s confidence to play outdoors. 

The team look forward to meeting you either at their office - 8B Champion Road, Richmond - or at the stunning showhome located at 406 Hill Street, Richmond.


Meet the Team

regional manager

Adam Hills

Having been with Milestone Homes since its inception in Nelson Adam is proud to have been a part of helping Milestone Homes grow to become one of Nelson’s preferred builders. From beginning his career as the sole New Home Consultant in 2007, the role has changed over the years with his focus switching to supporting the team of consultants and handling the day-to-day running of the business. Adam has a real passion for not only the building industry but also providing truly smart home options and helping to grow our amazing region. Although Milestone have experienced huge growth, they have ensured they stay true to their vision of delivering quality and true value to everyone connected with the business. Adam is most proud of their reputation for honesty and ensuring clients are looked after from their first contact to well beyond moving into their new home. He finds it very humbling to see what the business has achieved in a relatively short period of time and is thankful to the team for helping to make this happen.


Hamish Griffith

Hamish completed his final college exam and one week later he found himself on a building site working for a well-respected local builder. At this early stage he had no idea what he was in for, or what opportunities the building industry had to offer. He quickly developed a passion for the building industry and was able to see which direction he wanted to head in, that being Project Management. So when an opening arose at Milestone Homes, he was more than excited to be able to put his skill set on the table, and take on the challenging role as Construction Manager. He is extremely proud of the 90+ house he has completed in his 3 years with Milestone Homes, along with 2 highly successful showhomes. Hamish is a qualified & awarded builder, and brings his excellent organisational skills to Milestone Homes. This gives him the ability to effectively communicate with you throughout your build, along with our Client Liaison, Antoinette. The relationships that Hamish maintains with his contractors is testament to the well-oiled machine he run’s. The feedback we get about our systems and processes from the trades people who work for multiple organisations is that we are second to none for delivering on time, and to an exceptional standard. Once you have dealt with our fantastic sales team, you can rest assured knowing your dedicated Construction Team will deliver a seamless, effective, and quality construction of your smarter new home.


Debra Lithgow

Debra loves being a be part of the dynamic Milestone Team and to be able to help people realise their dream of building a new home. Debra has been both a Real Estate agent and a Property Manager for Ray White and this valuable experience gives her the skills to help you with the dream of owning your new home and/or investment property. She prides herself on providing a high level of customer service and listening carefully to my clients’ wants and needs. Debra enjoys ‘people and property’ and she looks forward to combining them both to help you build a smarter new home. She will present you with a plan to build your ideal home and will go the extra mile by helping you find the perfect section if required. If you are thinking of building a smarter, quality home, give her a call today, you will be one step closer to moving into your new home.


Sarah Popenhagen

Sarah looks after the day to day general administration duties of Milestone Homes Nelson Bays. She grew up in Nelson and had the great fortune of watching it grow into the beautiful city that it is now. She has worked in a variety of administration roles and upon joining Milestone Homes has loved the opportunity that it has provided to give support to the team and its success. She is excited to be part of a great team and being involved in helping clients create their dream home.

Client Liaison

Antoinette Bennett

The new home building industry is exciting and I’m thrilled to be part of it. After a background in secretarial work, I then moved into working at a building compliance company for a couple of years. Before commencing with Milestone Homes, I had previously spent the last 10 years working in the financial services industry. Over time I built up a strong desire to get back into the building industry as it is an area I have always loved, and when an opening at Milestone arose, I was excited to take up the challenge of Client Liaison. As Client Liaison I will be working closely with Hamish, our dedicated Construction Manager, to ensure we keep you fully informed and as up to date as possible on the exciting progress of your build. I look forward to working with you and helping you through the build of your smarter new home.

New Home Consultant

Mark English

Mark is a “people person”, respectful with a real desire to do the right thing and deliver what the client expects and more. And with over 10 years in the Real Estate industry in markets good and bad, he understands the importance of listening and customer service. From the very first initial contact all the way to completion of your dream home and beyond, be-it your very first venture into building or as a seasoned investor, Mark is there to help, inform, guide and re-assure you through the entire process. He loves meeting new people and helping them achieve their dreams and looks forward to working with you in the future.

New Home Consultant

James Harris

James has been involved in various aspects of the construction trades since starting out as a labourer in his teens. Since then he has worked in landscaping, building, playgrounds and flooring. Being a keen renovator James has eye for detail and a firm understanding of the building process from start to finish. Whether you’re embarking on your first building project, looking to craft your family home or are a veteran investor James is here to guide you through the process. He loves nothing more than finding solutions to a tricky problem and has the skills and vision to make the journey enjoyable and will be there when you’re ready to do it over again. When James isn’t helping people build smarter new homes you’ll probably find him tramping around our beautiful National Parks working off our regions fabulous wines and food.


Milestone Homes Franchise Of The Year 

Milestone Homes Director Richard Carver presents Milestone Homes Nelson Bays Managing Director Simon Collett with the Franchisee of the Year Trophy.

2007 to 2014 - Franchise of the Year (8 years running)


Milestone Homes New Home Consultant Of The Year 

Milestone Homes Director Richard Carver presents Adam Hills with the New Home Consultant of the year Trophy.

2014 - New Homes Consultant of the year - finalist with Debra Lithgow
2012 - New Homes Consultant of the year
2011 - New Homes Consultant of the year
2010 - New Homes Consultant of the year
2009 - New Homes Consultant of the year
2008 - New Homes Consultant of the year


Milestone Homes New Home Consultant Of The Year

Congratulations to Kim Lile

2015 - New Home Consultant of the year

Out & About

Milestone Homes helps boost pupils' health.

Nelson Mail 23/03/2015

One man's passion for sports is helping 2000 children in the Nelson region become more confident with physical activity and playing. For the past year, dad Matt Watson has been working to get children in the region comfortable with the basics of physical activity. He started No Child Left Inside in February last year at Richmond School. Since then, the not-for-profit programme has grown, picking up sponsors and other sports enthusiasts to help run the classes. They now visit 13 schools in the region and they are about to start working at Salisbury Girls' School. The programme goes into each school one day a week, for a day. Classes are based around teaching children the fundamentals of co-ordination and physical activity so they can play outdoors with confidence. Watson said the past year had been "incredible" and the programme was working to build ability and confidence in the students. Richmond School had collated data to show the changes before and after Watson ran his programme. "The kids accelerated with their learning capabilities. Kids who had a really low level created an understanding of play and games. Those at a high level increased as well. More kids understand team games and leadership roles inside of games." There were clear changes on a daily basis as well, he said.

"You get the feedback, the acknowledgment from the kids, that they understand when they can thrown and catch, and kick a ball. The joy it brings to kids where that's not natural for them. It's amazing." He wanted the fundamental movement skills to be a part of the pupils' everyday lives. "It's everyday fundamental movement skills, it's most important they are picking up those skills and don't forget it." Watson said they focused on positive reinforcement, giving stickers and water bottles to the children who improved the most. "Not to the kids who are really sporty, to those kids that generally, if they are going outside and taking part in PE, it's a big thing for them. So when they do well, to acknowledge that is pretty cool." Watson is teaming with sponsors to also focus on healthy eating and lifestyles. Energie Fruit had donated 8000 apples to be given out through the year. He is looking at how to incorporate nutrition in the programme and has been asking schools for feedback on this idea. Richmond School teacher Jo Stevens said the programme had helped the children's co-ordination and confidence. "It gives them more enthusiasm to get out there and do things." She said the students looked forward to the weekly classes. Nelson-based adventure racer Nathan Fa'avae is also involved as a director of the programme. "I think it's a fantastic programme getting kids outside promoting health and sport and physical activity. "It is a great thing for the region." No Child Left Inside is at Mapua, Upper Moutere, Tasman, Mahana, Appleby, Ranzau, Hope, Richmond, Henley, Stoke, Nayland, Enner Glynn and Nelson Central primary schools.



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