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Keane Building

Punching above its weight: Keane Building

A stunning combination of contemporary style and rural charm was used to create one of the 2018 top 100 homes in New Zealand – designed and constructed by Keane Building.


Keane Building


Nestled in North Canterbury, the L-shaped, barn-style abode won Gold at the recent Canterbury Master Builders House of the Year awards, in the up to $450,000 category. Described by judges as a ‘family home punching above its weight’ and ‘oozing style,’ it has also been named a Gold Reserve finalist for the national awards in November – representing the top 100 entrants from across the country.

Chris Keane established Keane Building in 2009, after completing his apprenticeship with his father, a local builder who serviced the Hurunui district for more then 30 years. The depth of experience and knowledge he gained during this time has proven invaluable in managing his own company today, which he runs with his wife Beth, leading a team of six builders.

A true family business, his two brothers are part of the exceptional team – one of them drawing the concept for the award-winning home. “We are over the moon and immensely proud,” Beth says. “Without our team’s commitment, dedication and expert craftsmanship, pitting ourselves against the best in the region – and the country – would not have been possible. Bespoke and architectural new builds is where our strengths lie, and the quality of our workmanship is backed up by the award.”

Although a compact total footprint of 131sqm, nothing is compromised in the spacious design. Clad in black Colorsteel and cedar shiplap cladding, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home features a dark-walled kitchen with white-trimmed ply cabinetry, a concrete benchtop and flooring. Another stand-out element of the home is one of the bathroom’s mismatched patterned cement tiles, which create a stunning contrast to the white subway tiles, black-framed shower and black tapware. “The home was designed beautifully by Matt and crafted by our builders with outstanding attention to detail. Being recognised for our hard work is a real pat on the back and a true reflection of Chris’s perfectionism.”


Keane Building


Running the business by the adage, ‘less stress, built best,’ Chris prides himself on providing a personal one-on-one service, with exceptional communication and dedication to every project. “I work really closely with my clients and I’m passionate about delivering them with the ultimate result, through meticulous planning, throughout each stage of the process.”
Ensuring the entire experience is fun and enjoyable, from start to finish, is very important to Chris, Beth adds. “Building relationships is such a strength of his that clients turn into friends.”



For more information, visit, follow on Facebook and Instagram, or phone Chris and Beth on 0800 303 598.


Jason Whitelaw

Creating an ‘extraordinary’ city: Jason Whitelaw

“There has to be a point of difference,” says Jason Whitelaw, hospitality specialist, developer, builder, foodie and regular globetrotter.


Jason Whitelaw


Jason practices what he preaches; even back in in his living in London days, he ran an upmarket Mayfair pub – so far, very Kiwi, but Jason’s pub became renowned for hosting the a-listers. It was, after all, none other than Guy Ritchie’s establishment, The Punchbowl in Farm Street.  Jason clearly has his finger on the pulse and he knows the places that we are seeking before we do to enjoy good food, drink and style. Our city’s rebuild has attracted criticism for an obsession with glass and steel, missing the opportunity for creating an ‘extraordinary’ Christchurch. Jason however, seems to be onto it.


His current hospo masterstroke is Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar. Sophisticated but not overblown, its owner, like Louis XV, is keen on architecture, design and innovation and Jason has produced one of Christchurch’s most stunning and elegant bars around. Having had a lot to do with horse racing, combining champagne and glamour, naturally there is a focus on Cup Week at Louis, with events held right through the spring carnival, starting with Melbourne Cup through to the Hagley Park Polo in January.
Next door is Red Light District, which is cleverly concealed behind the drycleaner’s façade, Charlie Winston’s of Chelsea. Themed around a Chinese opium den with an emphasis on high-end cocktails, Red Light District captures the atmosphere and character that those of us who come of age in Christchurch have been craving for these past eight years.

New venture You Hanoi Me, Pho Disco and Honky Tonk will complete the trifecta in the foodie, cocktail destination that is the Vicinity Precinct on Victoria Street. Despite recent negative press about the street, business is booming and may just be due to Jason’s insight. With another new destination looming for Jason’s Hospitality Group, Bar Bar Black Sheep Ltd sees the old Saggio site, a gentle stroll away, set to be a new Greek restaurant that Jason is launching.
Jason really is diverse and and burns the candle at both ends; developing and building keeps him extremely busy with projects on all around town. From the 300 worker accommodation that is the innovative Workotel in Riccarton, to hugely successful developments like Flemington and Clearwater Springs, Jason keeps going and has recently launced his latest project, Verdeco Park at Lincoln.


This is set to be New Zealand’s first ‘Wellness Subdivision’ and Jason says our country is making great strides in environmental sustainability. “But I want to extend that to the whole development, from the ground up,” he adds.
With innovative design and eco management, this could possibly be a benchmark for developers going forward. It’s obvious that Jason has worked hard. A strong work ethic and ‘blue sky thinking’ enables him to put these deals together and produce some quite extraordinary venues. An ability to see what we want and execute it has put both himself and his projects firmly on the map in Christchurch and it appears that there is more to come – so watch this space.



McLeish Construction

House atop a hill: McLeish Construction completes yet another stunning home in Westmorland

A stunning build in the ever-growing suburb of Westmorland completed by McLeish Construction looks right at home on the top of the hill. The grand entranceway is eye-catching enough, but as the front door opens you see it is much more than an entranceway.

McLeish Construction

The stonework goes from the entrance exterior, right the way through the centre of the house and then back outside again. A two-sided fireplace utilises this stone feature, enhancing ambiance and the feature’s ingenuity further.
With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, three car garaging and every other conceivable essential, this home is clad in a mix of plaster, cedar and stone. “The team enjoyed the unique challenges and certain level of difficulty a hill build presents. It is always satisfying doing a build with excellent high-end products. The homeowners are very happy with the final product and my team is proud of the result,” says Hamish McLeish of McLeish Construction.
This architectural home was designed by Peter Hawtin and completed within nine months.
Licensed Building Practitioner Hamish McLeish has 20 years building experience. A family operated business, it has a reliable and enthusiastic team based predominantly in Canterbury and can cater to projects further afield.
“We take immense pride in the quality of workmanship and attention to detail in every aspect of our work and offer a ten-year guarantee. Our projects are completed on time and within budget by a team of qualified builders and apprentices.”