integrity and passion

Phil Smith

Managing Director.
Quality workmanship and attention to detail were principles Phil learned from his father’s construction and joinery business, principles which shine through at Turnkey, which Phil established five years ago. Concentrating on quality workmanship and providing complete building solutions, Turnkey Homes has won numerous Master Builders Awards and in just five years has claimed an enviable reputation in the Wanaka residential market.

Chris Cole

Business Manager.
Chris has been self employed running his own business consulting practice for many years as well as working in an accounting business. The last few years since moving up from Dunedin to sunny Central Otago he has been managing and running a plumbing business. His business background and construction history has meant he is a great fit to be the business manager at Turnkey Homes.

Mel Mueller

Client Liaison Manager.
Mel is one of a rare breed of multi-skilled managers – she’s worked in engineering and roofing, has managed her own design shop and works closely with clients to achieve their desired interior fitout. A Diploma in Project Management and experience in managing international projects see her alongside the team and sub trades, ensuring the smooth running of our projects. Mel is one who goes the extra mile for clients. 

Kristy Jennings

Planning and Design Coordinator
Kristy has worked in the resource management field for over 15 years as a self-employed planning consultant and for a range of organisations including Councils, construction and mining companies and advocacy organisations. Her employment at the Queenstown Lakes District Council has given her a good knowledge of the local planning requirements. She has worked in Wanaka for a housing development company for 5 years where alongside Architects, she designed and specified houses. Her role at Turnkey Homes is to work with clients from the initial meet to help to produce a concept plan that is fully consented whilst maximising the potential of the site. In her spare time Kristy can be found training for triathlon and multisport events.

Kirsten Lucas

Client Liaison Support.
Kirsten has worked in administration and accounting roles for a range of companies from property developers, councils and real estate firms to fruit exporters, retail stores and tourism businesses. She brings a wide range of skills to Turnkey Homes along with an approachable manner, excellent attention to detail and a commitment to providing the highest standard of service.

Victor Martinovich


Construction Manager.
Victor's love for the outdoors and desire to "live, work and play" in such an environment has seen him make the move from Pukekohe to Wanaka, bringing with him 25+ years of residential building experience. Starting out as a qualified builder going on to run his own building company for many years gives him the skills and knowledge to understand and appreciate the requirements of both contractor and client. As a competitive long distance triathlete, Victor's focus, organisation and energy are key strengths he will bring with him in his role as Construction Manager for Turnkey Homes.

Jude Smith

Sales and Marketing Consultant.
Jude is the ultimate fit for Turnkey Homes – she’s a builder in her own right - of relationships, which is essential to the company’s success with its clients. Jude’s link with Turnkey started with a build. She and her husband Grant were so thrilled with their first Turnkey home they offered it to Phil as a show home, which it was for two years, and their new home is now the current show home. In her role Jude promotes her strong belief - that everyone should enjoy the same experiences they have.

Kylie Cooper

Administrator & Personal Assistant to Phil Smith.
Working in sales and accounts within the construction industry in Wanaka has given Kylie a sound background for her role at Turnkey Homes. Building-specific knowledge gives her the “key” skills to be part of the Turnkey team. While working earlier in an office-based position for a locally-owned building merchant she gained and honed these skills across all areas of accounts and sales. Within this role she was also responsible for pricing and building quotes for a large array of clients. Attention to detail in these areas fits with the high level of professionalism at Turnkey, where fixed-price quotes are part of the Turnkey “from concept to completion” promise. Turnkey keeps those promises.