Brothers Darren and Nigel Smith always joke that they’re “just a couple of brickies who wanted to build a few houses” but they always prided themselves on quality, professionalism and attention to detail.
This passion and commitment has truly paid off and now the family-run business enjoys a reputation that is second to none.
They believe the main thing that sets them apart from competitors is attention to detail – every house that they build is constructed as though they’re going to live there themselves. Consequently, they will never accept second-rate materials, craftsmanship or construction methods.
Their ethos is: “Getting it right, first time… and every time”
Darren Smith Homes is fortunate to have recruited and retained a long-established team of experienced and directly employed tradesmen, who share the brothers’ passion and commitment and work exceptionally well as a team.
Darren says: “Despite the awards and accolades, there is no room for complacency – we aim to expand and learn from our success and constantly strive to perform even better. That is our company benchmark – and our excellent testimonials prove that these aren’t just empty words but we deliver too. The legacy is our development and we always say we build “homes” rather than properties! Take a look and you can see that for yourselves…”
Like his brother, Darren, Nigel has worked for the family firm throughout his working life and is an advanced craft bricklayer.
He is also responsible for onsite management, including first aid and health and safety training.
Nigel prides himself on first-class work and also strives for excellence – an ethos which saw him declared a NHBC Supreme Winner in 2018, beating off competition from 16,000 other small builders. View the press release.
He says he doesn’t have a lot of spare time but enjoys playing golf and watching Rugby League.
Nigel said: “There is a great team spirit at Darren Smith Homes and a huge amount of job satisfaction. We are always striving to improve our excellent standards and take immense pride in what we build.”
Nigel has won the NHBC Supreme Award twice in back-to-back years, for 2017 & 2018’
Darren has worked for the family firm for 33 years - so man and boy!
A brick-layer by trade, Darren also carries out many other tasks, as well as working to ensure the day-to-day running of Darren Smith Homes and ensuring the company’s wheels are turning smoothly.
Mirfield born and bred, he has a strong sense of community and aims to help out local groups with sponsorship and practical support where possible. In his spare time, he enjoys family time and watching rugby and football.
Darren said: “I can honestly say that I enjoy the challenge of every new development that we ever embark upon. Each development is unique and often bespoke. This keeps the interest in my job at a maximum and I’ve always loved coming to work in the past 33 years.”
Tony is a carpenter by trade and has City and Guilds qualifications in this vitally important aspect of house building.
A former professional footballer, who played for West Bromwich Albion, he ensures that all internal trades work is completed to the highest standards and on schedule.
A Mirfield resident, Tony is a former coach of Battyeford Girl’s Football team and maintains a keen passion for the game.
Tony said: “The thing that makes it so worthwhile at Darren Smith Homes is the commitment to the highest standards and quality.”
Darren and Nigel Smith still remain ultimately hands on and work physically on site to ensure that the quality of each and every home is built to the highest standard.
They pledge to:
…is not just a cliché and this is certainly true of St Paul’s Lock. Set within a conservation area, this is an ideal backcloth for this new development of luxury, age-exclusive homes.
Here at Darren Smith Homes we devote considerable time and resources to acquiring the finest sites available. We believe that each site is totally individual and aim to design every home with this in mind to produce a truly bespoke and unique final product.
This starts with the initial drawing and the plans for the layout of the new development. We work with the best specialist sub contractors, consultant engineers, architects and planners to ensure that we deliver the optimum designs to suit today’s life styles.
We also aim to harmonise with the locality and setting of each development and to ensure we go above and beyond our commitment to local residents and communities.
The old adage that “you cannot build a house half way up” may sound obvious but it’s key to everything we do.
From the foundations to the roof structure, if the construction methods aren’t first class the rest of the build becomes a series of compromises – paving the way for problems and unhappy residents.
We believe in getting it right from the very foundations of all properties, so we can attain the supreme finished article more easily.
We take great pride in aesthetics and durability of the external masonry, joinery and roofing and our exteriors guarantee the kerb-side “Wow Factor”.
We also showcase sustainability, energy efficiency and all those other unseen elements of construction to ensure that your new home’s performance matches its great appearance.
To demonstrate our company’s pride in their work we have invented a new brickwork aid called K.I.P (patent pending) which will help deliver an even better, more aesthetically pleasing final product for you to enjoy.
We guarantee that we won’t undertake any internal works until the roof is on – and water tight. This helps to greatly reduce shrinkage and cracking that often occur in new properties after completion.
We know that the internal features of your new home are just as important as the exterior
We consider the most practical and up-to-date options for plumbing/heating and electrical installations and we only use the finest of carpenters/joiners and plasterers.
Once they’ve done the all-important initial work, we then bring in our teams of experienced painters and decorators to give every home that all important finish.
Our interiors teams work closely with the home owner to ensure that the new residents can stamp their own personality on their new property. For example, residents can choose:
As a welcome gesture, each house buyer is given a welcome package to ensure that it feels like “home” from day one!
Here at Darren Smith Homes we are proud to publicly display our commitment to trading as a socially responsible business, both internally and externally.
We firmly believe in maintaining the healthy balance of our triple bottom line of the social, environment and financial objectives – people, planet and profit.
We believe that it is crucial for us to make a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work.We strive for perfection and work hard to ensure that our endeavours are limited solely by our commitment to responsible sustainability.
As well as delivering first-class new homes, we also:
Darren Smith Homes were quick to step in to offer support to Yorkshire Ambulance Service employee, Sarah Watkinson, who founded Winter Warmers, a West Yorkshire-based charity that helps the homeless and other vulnerable families, in November 2017.
The charity covers an area spanning Huddersfield, Dewsbury and as far as Leeds.
Walk-to-school project celebrated
An innovative walk-to-school project celebrated a milestone this week with buns and banners outside Mirfield Library.
Crowlees School parent Dianne Watkinson devised and launched the Hoppa five years ago and is delighted with the success of her walking bus / park-and-stride hybrid idea.
Dianne explained: “I set up the scheme to help ease congestion around my sons’ school, teach children that walking to school can be fun and encourage parents to work together to
In adherence with government guidelines and observing strict social distancing for your safety, we are now able to open for viewings by appointment only.