On 1st July 2008 Cachét Homes officially opened its doors. It was the amalgamation of two local companies, Mandurah Building by Design, a design and drafting business owned by Cliff Kearns, and Lilcon Pty Ltd, a small residential construction company owned by Chris Lillis.
Both Chris and Cliff had identified an unfilled niche in the services available to clients in the Peel District and surrounding area who wished to build an individual, uniquely designed home, showcasing quality construction and craftsmanship. Chris and Cliff wanted to provide a new and unique service for the Peel area; one that would see more local businesses and trades people utilised, providing more opportunities for regional growth and giving greater control over the quality and price of their product. They wanted to make the building process as enjoyable as possible for their clients, allowing them the opportunity to work closely with both the designer and the builder, and not feel like just another number in the queue. It started with a vision and through hard work, great clients and a master trade base we continue to achieve excellence in new home construction.
Chris Lillis and Cliff Kearns are both leaders within the WA building industry.
Chris Lillis and Cliff Kearns are both leaders within the WA building industry, and are the founders and directors of Cachet Homes. Chris and Cliff’s combined passion for the construction industry and the Peel region meant that it was only a matter of time before they decided to pool their talents to create Cachet Homes, the leading custom home builder in Mandurah. Finding a name that represented quality, excellence and pride in their product became a long and thoughtful process until the discovery of Cachét, which means ‘quality that attracts admiration’; a clear definition of what this venture truly represented. Chris and Cliff both have extensive experience in their respective fields.
Cliff is very familiar with the building and construction sector as he grew up with a dad who was a builder. With his exposure to construction and growing up in a town experiencing constant development Cliff became passionate about offering a service with a point of difference, so established his own successful design and drafting business 14 years ago. Cliff’s understanding of sustainability and orientation, plus experience with small and large parcels of land gives him the ability to create homes that are environmentally clever, comfortable and affordable. His goal has always been to get to know his clients and understand what their needs and requirements for a home are; to help people in creating functional living spaces with appealing elevations creating a home that the owner can be proud of. Cliff holds Diplomas in both Building and Construction and Building Design and Drafting as well as being a registered builder in his own right.
Chris entered the building industry in 1994 via a traineeship program after completing Year 12. He then enjoyed a successful career with a fast rise through the ranks to become a Director of one of Perth’s leading integrated construction companies, Pindan Pty Ltd. Here he spent 15 years gaining extensive knowledge of the industry including commercial, residential and large scale developments. Chris became a registered builder in his own right in 2002 and won the prestigious and highly contested Master Builders’ Association (MBA) Ric New Award for Excellence in 2006. Chris was also a finalist in the 2007 WA Business News Top 40 under 40 and in 2012 was awarded Master Builders Australia’s “Young Master Builder of the Year”. Chris was a member of the MBA WA Housing Commission for 5 years and was held the position to treasure the MBA WA Board for 5 years until 2016. In his drive for perfection Chris desired a partnership with a designer, where together they could work one on one with their clients and be available to them throughout the construction process. His goal has always been to produce a high standard of quality home that others can admire.