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Moore Construction

Technical competence: Moore Construction

The vision for Christchurch’s changing skyline has needed contributions from many different areas of expertise to start to bring it to reality. Moore Construction is one such company with its focused technical competence in earthmoving and pile driving.


Moore Construction


Invariably the first contractor on a site to prepare the ground for the subsequent construction, Moore Construction has a reputation for being well-equipped to take on complex projects. “A recently finished project at Christchurch Hospital for a bridge linking the old and new parts of the hospital, involved installing screw pile to a depth of 24m into Riccarton Gravels,” says General Manager Nathan Moore.  “Our hard working and technically experienced team saw this project through multiple site restraints and complexities to a safe completion.”

Another piling project in the CBD was on St Asaph Street for a new commercial building. Here seven days of work saw 24 screw piles installed to 13.5 metres. “With surrounding existing buildings restricting the amount of space for our work on the site and a strict programme, the results are a credit to our team.”

Moore Construction constantly looks to expand its resources to provide services for their clients. “A recent acquisition is a compact directional drill from Italy, a light unit ideal for drilling soak holes and retaining walls for residential or commercial buildings.” Versatility is definitely the by-word with this company.


You can contact Moore Construction on 027 549 9670 or email


Red & Black Construction

Clean lines, Clear winner: Red & Black Construction

Grant Waghorn, Director of Red & Black Construction is thrilled as a first-time entrant not only to win Reserve Gold in the NZ Master Builders House of the Year competition for his Thornycroft Street build, but to bring home the National Award for Heart of the
Home – Kitchen.


Red & Black Construction


The five-bedroom north-facing contemporary home was a challenging but exciting project for Grant. “Building on a long narrow section that backs onto a stream brought a logistical challenge, the delivery and storage materials were carefully choreographed before building began.”


Red & Black Construction
Clad in cedar with plastered concrete block, the build had to meet the homeowner’s desire for a suspended concrete floor slab for the second storey, minimising sound in the house while maximising ceiling height for the floor below. Designed by Nott Architects, Grant loves the spacious feel of the home, the clean lines with luxurious edifice finishes. “The totara ceilings are amazing. It’s a smart home and a lot of thought and precision construction went into it.”


Red & Black Construction

The design centres on the kitchen with all surrounding living spaces connecting to it, and “is a cook’s, entertainer’s and families’ dream,” according to owners Craig and Rochelle.  Flooded with natural light, Interior Designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors enhanced the illumination, tying in the white walls and stone bench tops with timber cabinetry and engineered wooden floors. The ensuite won the 2017 Trends International Design Award for Angelique with its stone bath, twin stone vessel basins and Hansgrohe rose gold bathroom fittings.


Red & Black Construction

The natural stone fireplace and bespoke timber joinery by Advanced Joinery are design statements, along with the floating engineered timber staircase. A state of the art heating system with many chambers has been carefully constructed to be hidden from view, while outdoor living is central in the design and construction.


Red & Black Construction


The black cedar fins that connect the deck to the roof are a visual delight, while Grant says the spa area is a favourite, with a complex timber-clad electric retractable deck that covers the spa when not in use. Building for 20 years, Grant loves crafting quality homes, working to ensure the client gets the best quality home and has a great experience too.

Led by foreman Mike Baker, Grant says the tight crew thrived on the meticulous craftsmanship challenges of this Fendalton home.



Trevor Hone Builders

Huntsbury Heaven: Trevor Hone Builders

As a first-time entrant, Trevor Hone Builders was the Mid and South Canterbury Region House of the Year New Home over $2 million winner, before making the list of the country’s top 100 home builds, as a national Reserve Gold finalist in the House of the Year Awards for 2018.


Trevor Hone Builders



Director and Master Builder Trevor says the Huntsbury Hill house was a phenomenal building challenge, but one of the the best things about this intense build has been the interaction with the owners and their happiness with the finished product. Designed by Cymon Alfrey Architects, the house is a melange of angles and detailing, about as far from a box on a hill as you could imagine.

As with every project, Trevor was “passionate about realising the architect’s vision: if you’re not passionate you can’t do it. The complex architecture and engineering details have to be absorbed, understood, questioned and implemented”.


Trevor Hone Builders

Engineered to the latest requirements the house has a reinforced concrete spine. The tricky steep, all-rock hill site has a foundation that has multiple layers, cut into the rock. The tiered retaining landscape walls form part of the foundations too. The roof is clad with Coloursteel tray roofing and a Viking Enviroclad roof garden, while the wall cladding is a combination of pitched Basalt stone, Alucabond, Cedar and tiles.

The interior of the three-bedroom home again utilises the Basalt Stone, with floors tiled and carpeted. The striking Mondrian style front door gives way to the art-gallery feel of the entrance hall that is tiled on both walls and floor. North facing decking runs the length of the upper and lower levels, with glass balustrading to ensure uninterrupted views.


Trevor Hone Builders

The curved spine of the house, clad in pitched Basalt, which forms the main structure, runs externally and through the house, creating a spectacular feature. Trevor says this is one of the stand-out builds of his 20-year career for the level of technical difficulty and the stunning end result.

A perfectionist himself from the foundations up to the minute finishing details, Trevor acknowledges the commitment to an outstanding result from his team, and subcontractors JPM Contracting, High Spec Electrical, AVI Automation, Greg Sutherland Roofing, Whitehead Plumbing and Gas, Application Specialists, Metro Performance Glass, Dyer Decorating and Monarch Aluminium, for the aluminium joinery as well as the spectacular Mondrian front door.



Making the Cut!

Making the Cut!

There’s no doubting the innovation and restoration that is at the heart of the rebuilding city and now these attributes have been recognised in a more formal capacity, with the city coming out on top at this year’s Registered Master Builders 2018 House of the Year Awards.


Making the Cut!


Christchurch has been the proud recipient of both Supreme Awards, for a Redwood home and Merivale renovation. Christchurch company Metzger Builders Ltd (MBL) was awarded the coveted title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Supreme House of the Year for the home in Redwood. It also took out the national category win for the New Home over $2 million Award and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award.


Making the Cut!


Meanwhile, Takahe Construction Ltd won the title of Registered Master Builders 2018 Renovation of the Year, for its superb renovation of a Merivale home. The company also took out the national category win for the Renovation over $1 million Award and the Outdoor Living Award.


Judges were impressed with MBL’s clever and balanced design, with this home showing a considered approach in every respect. “The large home sits boldly on a rural site, but peacefully in its landscaped environment. The impeccable crafting and attention to detail demonstrated by the builders and subcontractors is truly exceptional.

“The collaboration between client, architect and builder has made this a home that perfectly suits the needs of the growing family. It is a deserving winner of this award.”


Making the Cut!




Judges remarked on the amazing quality of the Takahe Construction Ltd’s renovation of the house, which was extensively damaged in the Christchurch quakes. “Originally built in the 1990s, the client chose to engage the original architect to complete a full re-design, whilst retaining the elegance of the original home. A collaborative approach between client, architect, engineer and builder made this project a success. The quality demonstrated in both the rebuild work and the overall renovation is a credit to the team involved.


Making the Cut!

“This is truly a spectacular home, which the builder should be extremely proud of.” Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly says, House of the Year epitomises building excellence and showcases Master Builders as the custodians of quality and innovation across all types of homes and price brackets.


Making the Cut!


“Residential building continues to fuel the construction boom, and while these homes need to be built quickly and cost effectively, it must not be at the expense of quality. House of the Year sets the standard of what is possible, both in quality and innovation.“The craftmanship demonstrated within all of our finalists shows that our members are building quality homes for all New Zealanders. From the luxury homes, to the cost-effective builds, to apartments, these homes are some of the finest in the country.”


Making the Cut!


For more information about the competition, visit


Sumner’s Esplanade

Esplanade’s Exceptional Newcomer: Sumner’s Esplanade

The renovation of this 1900’s arts and crafts style house on Sumner’s Esplanade is a favourite project of Ben Brady, from Linetype Architectural.


Sumner’s Esplanade


The result has exceeded the client’s expectations: they described the lifestyle sought but weren’t prescriptive, leaving Ben plenty of space for ideas. Ben says the outcome is something that might always have been there. “It essentially respects the existing house, but transports it to 21st century living.”  The exterior is finished in white to let the architecture speak for itself and the addition of a first-floor deck is paint-finished to stay in harmony. An external black painted stainless steel spiral staircase incorporates the ladder-style details of the original windows, referencing early 20th century French design. The front entrance design features a stunning painted stainless-steel gate and highlights the existing sculptural ‘bonsai-on-steroids’ tree.

The challenge was fitting the desired living into the footprint. “It looks like a large building but is really not,” Ben says.
Internally, colour is pared back: white spaces balance timber while its orientation to the sea is enhanced with accents of blue. The high stud exalts the coffered ceiling, which in turn defines the spaces beautifully, with an existing beam finding a second purpose as a frame.
Ben comes to architecture from a background of painting, sculpture, music and sheetmetal working. “Architecture is a great mix of business, my trade, and art. I always design buildable homes, understanding how they will be constructed.” The construction firm, New View Construction, specialises in new, particularly hillside properties, and owner Steve Pike says this renovation was a unique opportunity. “We pride ourselves in our top quality craftsmanship but this renovation also required a respect for heritage and history.”
Ben says, “This house looks as good close up as far away”.


Sumner’s Esplanade


Steve is thrilled with the exterior deck and staircase. “It was a huge task, but the result reflects perfectly the property’s style: additional external living space integrated to inside living, plus a connection to ground floor living and outdoor spaces. The windows are another highlight, 21st century double-glazing in timber sashes replicating the original design era. “Working with Ben and the contractors was a pleasure, and I’m delighted with the completed construction, a genuine heritage property providing 21st century living. I know the owners will enjoy many happy years in the home.”

Tony van der Plas of Timber Tru Ltd joiners has enjoyed working with Ben again, helping to bring another of Ben’s visions to life in making the kitchen, laundry, ensuite, entertainment units and wardrobes for this project. “The use of solid American White oak bench tops (in particular the large 80mm thick angled island top weighing in at around 85kg), and shelving with the white cabinetry looks great, and the detail of matching the on-bench cabinetry doors with the window style makes it blend with the outside walls. We look forward to more projects with Ben in the future.”



New View Construction

Phone: 027 589 2700


Phone: 03 389 2986



First Windows and Doors

A tightly knit team: First Windows and Doors

Located at 7 Langstone Lane Papanui, First Windows and Doors Christchurch knows more than a thing or two about high-quality windows and doors.


First Windows and Doors


Able to offer the full range of residential aluminium and uPVC joinery, including thermally broken options, this is the definitive go-to for countless consumers. The company also manufactures the Smartwood range, which is a timber/aluminium composite product. From the inside it looks just like traditional timber joinery, but with aluminium on the outside, you save all that sanding, painting and maintenance.
Within the tightly knit team, there are more than 450 years of collective experience in the industry. Customers are crucial to all businesses, but without good staff you’ll never keep those customers happy.

Staff culture is a massive priority for First Windows and Doors. From the shop floor through to management, there is a real family feel to the team. Everyone looks out for and supports each other in times of need, and the company offers ‘no questions asked’ counselling for all staff.Six employees have worked there more than ten years, one employee has for twenty, and four employees have worked there more than 25 years. This is a company that celebrates our modern multi-cultural society and the team reflects this.

First Windows and Doors is also very excited to welcome Tony Borlase as the new General Manager. With his skills and experience, Tony is set to lead First Windows and Doors into an exciting future.


For more information visit or phone
03 375 0700.


Viden Group

Buildable, practical solutions: Viden Group

The professional expertise of structural engineers is integral to today’s construction industry. It is they who deal with the design assessment, planning, construction and management of infrastructure such as roads, tunnels, bridges, buildings, utilities and other projects, ensuring that structures are efficient and stable.


Viden Group



“We like to think of ourselves as providing buildable, practical solutions to architects, builders and developers,” Viden Group Directors Tim Day and Mark Patterson explain. “We have a great deal of experience in a wide range of engineering disciplines from structural and architectural to seismic, forensic and civil. It is our role to scrutinise the details of a project and we are really prepared to give the necessary time to this work. If you iron out as far as possible the potential glitches of a project there is far less chance of things going wrong during construction.”

During the Christchurch rebuild the team has enjoyed a truly varied selection of work. “Mark’s previous experience includes being the engineering manager for the Justice and Emergency Precinct. We have collaborated with a number of local architects on high-end residential builds, particularly on the hill suburbs with site constraints and complex design features. We have extensive experience completing detailed seismic assessments, designing complex hillside architectural homes, passive homes and utilising modular construction.”

The rural sector is another area where the Viden Group specialises. “We can assist with rural design work such as stock underpasses, rural bridges, sheds and tanks and other farm structures.”


To take advantage of the Viden Group’s engineering experience phone 03 741 2064 or email


Juken New Zealand Ltd

Innovative wall linings: Juken New Zealand Ltd

Triboard TGV – manufactured by Juken New Zealand Ltd [JNL] is an innovative engineered wood panel that offers an alternative to plasterboard.


Triboard TGV


“This product is specifically designed for the lining of high-impact areas such as garages and rumpus rooms”, explains Gordon Wilmshurst, Sales & Marketing Manager for JNL. “These areas are commonly lined with plasterboard products. “Holes in the plasterboard are often caused by car doors being opened onto the wall lining or kids’ bikes scraping down the wall, which often requires a trade person to carry out remedial repairs.”

Triboard TGV – tongue and groove panels, have been developed specifically for high impact resistance. The three key benefits are speed of installation, ability to be joined off frame and the fact they are paint ready. Manageable sized sheets mean they can be easily installed by one person, reducing construction time and cost.

There’s nothing better than having positive fixing in the garage or rumpus room. To be able to fix a shelf or dryer directly onto the walls without fixing to studs is hugely beneficial. Unlike plasterboard wall linings, which generally require a tradesperson to prepare the surface for paint, Triboard TGV is ready to paint, eliminating those preparation costs.


If you would like to know more about Triboard TGV, contact us at


DJ Hewitt

Behind the construction scenes: DJ Hewitt

“We are happy to hold their hand every step of the way,” says Daryl Hewitt. The whole package can be provided from working with engineers, designers, and the council, through to interior design – Tara Hewitt’s professional expertise.


DJ Hewitt


After nearly a quarter of a century building residential homes, the Christchurch-based company is synonymous not only with exceptional quality on every single project, but for making the build stress free and enjoyable. “Strong, tough, reliable and good looking – and that’s just the builders!” says Daryl, the hands-on director who combines a sense of humour and passion for the job, with a perfectionist’s work ethic. Transparent honesty is both Daryl’s weakness and his strength – which also takes stress out of the equation, as does the fact that he helps you make the decisions. “You get what to you pay for,” he says. Described as “a human calculator” Daryl makes the right decisions to ensure every job stays to budget. He will work through the advantages and cost-effective and future-proofed outcomes for each scenario, for the client’s benefit in the long run.


DJ Hewitt

“Most people say they’ll never build again before they start – but we’ve had people say this, only to build three more homes with us!”
The company’s forte is architectural builds, including bespoke smaller homes – which have gained popularity with couples and singles – and also extensions and renovations. The team of 20 works anywhere within 40 minutes of Christchurch. They can help choose a site, or assess the best way to utilise an existing section. Smart homes, energy efficient and stronger, safer, affordable builds is the specialty.
“We build to suit the client’s needs, and their wish list. I’ve always been very fussy, so our clients get the same quality of workmanship and service, whatever their budget. Each package is tailor-made to suit.”


DJ Hewitt

“One client went away for three months, assured a better job would be done without his presence!” The proficient office team ensures regular updates on every project, no matter where in the world the client is based. DJ Hewitt is about relationship building. “We get many comments from neighbours, on our work ethics, how tidy we leave the site, and how courteous our guys and subcontractors are,” he says. “Kevin, our builder, has been with us 23 years and Noel 19 years, and we’ve trained many an apprentice. Some of our subcontractors have been with us over two decades. Loyalty goes a long way. They know exactly what I expect with each job.”

Trust is key. “I want the clients to be happy, no matter what – that’s my goal.” DJ Hewitt’s in-house magazine, Home 2, has 140-pages of inspiration.


Visit, follow on Facebook, or phone 03 3847470.


Jennian Homes

Every step of the way: Jennian Homes

When you’re dealing with Jennian Homes, you’re dealing with a locally owned and operated team of professionals with a long history in the building industry.


Jennian Homes


What’s more, you get the security that comes with dealing with the owner of the business, one that is supported by a loyal construction team, trades and suppliers. With the ability to build any type of home across a wide range of budgets, you can get the house to meet your needs, from entry level to a designer home and everything in between.  The Jennian Homes process is designed with attention to detail in mind; a clear 11 step process that ensures you get the home of your dreams and know exactly what to expect every step of the way. So how does this all come together? Step one involves what you want your home to look like; the style you want, how many bathrooms and bedrooms you need, with a great range of plans to select from.

Step two is time to gather your thoughts. You have your own login to get constant communication and pictures, ensuring you are up to play with any exciting updates on your building adventure. Step three is a personal consultation. It’s time to tell Jennian about you. Your personal consultant is there to listen to your needs and aspirations on the journey to creating your dream home. When it comes to step four, it’s time to choose the right house design for you. Choose a plan or create a masterpiece from scratch. Step five: Money talks. Based on your requirements, Jennian will put together an estimate.

Step six is where the drawing begins and your dream home starts to take shape. Step seven is time for the quote and, once you’re happy, it’s final quote time. Step eight is when permission is granted and you get to sit back and relax while Jennian takes care of the requirements needed to get building underway.  Step nine – your dream home gets started! Step 10 is the big day; here come the keys! Then, by step 11, you’re living the dream.

If you want to see how it all comes together, visit one of the four display homes in Rolleston, Rangiora, Ashburton and Timaru, from Wednesday though to Sunday 12pm to 4pm or by appointment and let the team show you through to give you an idea of just what Jennian can build for you.

Don’t forget Studio J at 212 Main South Road where you can find the display centre, showcasing the features that you can find in a Jennian home. Phone 0800 536 6426 or email

With a company philosophy ‘Combining your personality and our expertise so we can build you a home that is perfectly suited to you and your family’s changing needs’, you know this is the place to go. Jennian will be there every step of the way, helping you to achieve your building dreams.