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At the building forefront


Having been locally owned and operated since inception in 1984, Fowler Homes Christchurch has been at the forefront of designing and building quality homes and commercial buildings for countless satisfied buyers for close to four decades.

 

 

As recipients of both the Master Builders House of the Year and the Commercial Project Awards, Fowler Homes Christchurch continues to offer the best value and products to all clients.

The company’s primary point of difference is clarity.

When you choose Fowler Homes Christchurch, Ivan Stanicich or Dustin Stanley will guide you through the whole process from the first line on your plans.

They will price what you want in your home, obtain building consent, project manage your build right through to completion, before handing over of your keys or the digital code for your front door.

The suppliers and contractors used by Fowler Homes Christchurch are some of the very best in Canterbury, guaranteeing you the best quality and value.

Also, all work is backed by a 10-year Master Build Guarantee so you can be assured you’re in safe hands.

Proof of this is the fact that more than 85 percent of all business is for repeat and referred clients.

We take this all seriously, while still providing a level of fun for you the customer.

So, contact Fowler Homes Christchurch today to find out more about how the team can make your dream home a reality.


 

Crafting Homes


When it comes to building on the hills, only the very best in experience and expertise will do, and that’s where renowned hill builders, Steve Brown Builders comes in. Director Steve Brown has been bringing dreams to life in conjunction with leading architects for 30 years.

 

 

“We offer our clients a quality service, we are approachable and personable, with communication as our hallmark, and that has naturally led to our longevity and great reputation,” Steve says.

“We are always incredibly proud of our end product and it’s a favourite moment to hand it to its new owner.”

A stunning project – not on the hills but requiring the ingenuity, craftsmanship and planning of the toughest hill build – was the authentically faithful like-for-like rebuild of a 1913 earthquake-damaged mansion that required complete demolition, much to its owners’ sorrow.

Today the two-storey brick and half-timbered home’s extensive ornate plaster ceilings, Italian marble fireplaces, leadlights and panelling are proudly in place.

“We don’t often get to build these and were delighted that the owner opted to rebuild, to illustrate our skills,” Steve says.

Forty-five years’ experience gives Steve a rare depth of knowledge about specialised builds, giving his team a huge advantage.

“In those days we did everything without the benefit of the specialist trades that now come in. I like to think that our apprentices gain the ability to do all the work if required, and are highly skilled in most areas when they become qualified,” Steve says.

“You can see the craft in the homes we build.”


 

City’s first 7-star showhome: Pringle Homes


Award-winning design and build company, Pringle Homes, has built Christchurch’s first 7-star Homestar-rated showhome and you can find it at 9 Falcon Road, Falcons Landing.

 

 

Homestar is a rating tool which measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses, and is administered by the Green Building Council.

Pringle Homes has a qualified assessor on their team to help you design a home that meets your efficiency and sustainability goals. This house was designed and built as a response to the growing demand from clients looking for a warm, dry and healthy home, built to consider its environmental impact. An increased level of insulation, thermally broken, low E and argon-filled windows, and a ducted heat pump, creates a gorgeous living environment in all weather and water efficient tapware, and a mixture of cork wood flooring and carpet created from recycled materials considers the environment in this stylish home.

Their very experienced team can expertly guide you through a comprehensive building process, partnering with experts in interior design and architecture, and securing only the best trades for your new home. Pringle Homes are committed to providing you with high quality showhomes to demonstrate their impeccable workmanship and showcasing the latest in design flair and technology.

If you’d like to visit the team for a chat, both 9 Falcon Road and next door at 2 Amur Crescent are open Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-4pm. For a virtual tour of these houses and previous showhomes, visit www.pringlehomes.co.nz.

 


 

Let’s talk architectural builds: David Magill Builders


New landmarks are rising in central Christchurch on a satisfyingly regular basis and the latest building to catch our eye will break ground before Christmas.

 

 

Built by David Magill Builders, this three-story home on the corner of Cranmer Square and Chester Street West will be a milestone on your journey north across the city, planting its roots and taking its place in the 170-year history of Cranmer Square.

In fact, we can look forward to a long future association with this home – its foundation comprises piling down to 16 metres, with a raft floor laid on top of that, and a comprehensive structural steel superstructure by Blueprint Consulting Engineers. The striking silhouette created by the semi-rooved deck on the top floor is complemented by the unusual charred cedar cladding. Originally a Japanese technique, the charring is done by Christchurch-based company Chartek. Once sealed the blackened wood weathers, but does not require the maintenance that ordinary cedar does.

 

The owners of the home are current inner-city dwellers who are keen supporters of a thriving centre and love the CBD lifestyle. Architect Kelly Rush of Krush Architecture has designed a clever home where owners and guests can operate independently if they choose.

The top floor hosts the master bed, ensuite and wardrobe and opens out to the partly covered deck. The middle floor contains the kitchen, lounge and living area plus another deck, while the ground floor is dedicated to three bedrooms, each with their own bathroom.

Director of David Magill Craig Freeman says completing this home will take 12 months, as it’s an interesting design located in a busy area which impacts on access. “This build is right in our ball park – all of our buildings have a degree of difficulty, whether that be design, location, client, or sometimes all three, and we are very comfortable with that.”

 

Craig assumed ownership of the company on the retirement of David Magill in 2016. Dedicated to continuing the values that David instilled in him and the rest of the team, Craig says, “Everyone has been together for a long time, including our subcontractors. The mission has always been to be well-respected among our peers, and we are so proud that no-one ever has a bad word to say about us.”

Craig brings a unique and desirable skill set to his role. In a previous life he served the country in the New Zealand Army. Discipline in all areas is innate to his approach, while communication with people is a real strength. “I can talk with anyone, and zero in on what is important to them.”

His training brings an incredibly valuable agility to a project. “We are not stuck in any comfort zone or set routine, so we react quickly and positively to any road block.”

 

Craig places a lot of emphasis on being proactive, rather than reactive. “It buys us a lot of time.”

Every job is worked on by in-house carpenters. “It is vital that their trade and craftsmanship is top notch”. The company works with contactors that they have had a relationship with for several years. “I went through my apprenticeship with a lot of the people who are now leading the companies that we work with,” Craig says.

David Magill Builders happily runs a gamut of homes from $2 million to first home and retirement homes, with five house and land packages becoming available at Ravenswood for $500k, and an entry-level show home at Ravenswood open next year. “What our clients have in common is that they want well-designed, bespoke and interesting homes but with value for money. They seek top-quality products but not necessarily the designer label on them,” Craig says. “And you shouldn’t have to compromise on your quality, your tradespeople, design or the interest on a modest budget.”

 

Driven by a determination to do a good job and honour all promises made to clients, Craig cannot understand why anyone would take the ‘over-promise under-deliver’ approach. He ensures his team go out of their way to hit targets and do a great job. “Regardless of size or price, in 20-50 years, I want people to say ‘who built this incredibly well-constructed home?’”

Visit www.davidmagill.co.nz.

 

 


 

Exceptional 1900s villa restoration: Nathan Cook Builders


For nearly 20 years, Nathan Cook has been building, repairing and renovating homes in Canterbury and beyond.

 

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His company, Nathan Cook Builders, has a reputation for its expertise in architectural builds, light commercial construction, and renovation of both modern and historic homes. Nathan’s qualified and skilled team has a wealth of experience that ensures quality workmanship and the satisfaction of exceptional customer service.

From barn conversions, decks, outdoor fireplaces, fencing and gates to an architecturally designed country home taking advantage of spectacular views of the Southern Alps, and the challenge of earthquake repairs to adjoining units in South New Brighton; Nathan Cook Builders has hundreds of satisfied clients.

Its latest challenge was an early 1900s villa in Opawa. After complicated negotiations with EQC and insurers, work began on the complex restoration. The house was lifted and new foundations were laid. Inside, many of the original fireplaces, pedestal sinks, stained glass windows, light fittings and rimu floors were retained.

A brand new feature staircase was installed, as was a new designer kitchen by Woodshack Kitchens in keeping with the period of the house. The entry and hallway were returned to the original style, and an antique, claw-footed bathtub was added to the bathroom.

The roof and chimneys were newly tiled, and original tiles were re-laid around the fireplaces. A single garage was demolished, and a two-storied garage with separate laundry and loft space was built. A new master suite within the existing roof space was constructed, and a dormer added.

After nearly two years, this lovingly restored villa is again ready to be occupied.

Visit nathancookbuilders.co.nz or call 03 347 7356.

 

 


 

Crafting Homes: Steve Brown Builders


When it comes to building on the hills, only the very best in experience and expertise will do, and that’s where renowned hill builders, Steve Brown Builders come in. Director Steve Brown has been bringing dreams to life in conjunction with leading architects for 30 years.

 

 

“We offer our clients a quality service, we are approachable and personable, with communication as our hallmark, and that has naturally led to our longevity and great reputation,” says Steve. “We are always incredibly proud of our end product, and it’s a favourite moment to hand it to its new owner.”

A stunning project – not on the hills but requiring the ingenuity, craftsmanship and planning of the toughest hill build – was the authentically faithful like-for-like rebuild of a 1913 earthquake-damaged mansion that required complete demolition, much to its owners’ sorrow. Today the two-storey brick and half-timbered home’s extensive ornate plaster ceilings, Italian marble fireplaces, leadlights, and panelling are proudly in place. “We don’t often get to build these and were delighted that the owner opted to rebuild, to illustrate our skills,” says Steve.

Forty-five years’ experience gives Steve a rare depth of knowledge about specialised builds, giving his team a huge advantage. “In those days we did everything without the benefit of the specialist trades that now come in. I like to think that our apprentices gain the ability to do all the work if required, and are highly skilled in most areas when they become qualified,” Steve says.

“You can see the craft in the homes we build.”

 

 


 

Creating architectural impact: David Magill Builders


Building your new lifestyle has never been easier when engaging premier architectural building firm David Magill Builders. The name has been a fixture in the residential Canterbury and South Island market for more than 35 years, and continues to thrive in an ever-challenging industry.

 

 

It is one thing to be skilled at building well-designed homes, but to be the go-to architectural builders in Christchurch takes a talented team of experienced and knowledgeable builders. “We are seeing the market continue to change, with a move away from the quarter-acre family plot to more lifestyle-driven living that offers individuality and easy care, yet still demands the welcoming feel of a traditional home,” says Director Craig Freeman. “Finding the balance of modern architecture and functional design with any family home takes years of knowledge and expertise – and that’s where we know how to get it right 100 percent.”

Elegant and architecturally designed homes do not need to be created at the cost of everyday function and practicability. Building your home is all about having a home that works with your lifestyle.

 

“If a build design happens to be outside the norm, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable to live in. We love problem solving, and we are always excited to work with complex, intelligent technical builds, even those on the hill,” he says. Not being a one-size-fits- all company, nor a volume builder, each architecturally designed home is an extremely personal experience. Every element of the design is planned in-depth to create the highest quality finish possible, not forgetting the finer touches.

“What many of our clients say about working alongside us is that we take the time to listen; we produce homes with well thought-out designs and grow real transparent relationships with them. It is so much more than just securing your job – its validating daily why you have made the right decision in choosing award-winning David Magill for your build,” Craig says. “We take ownership of the process from start to completion!”

 

Often the building experience can be uncertain, complex, frustrating, risky and downright overwhelming for some people. “We ensure the build experience and your experience with us is a safe and comfortable experience,” he says. No matter the scope of the build, all homes built with David Magill are given the same care and attention to detail.

“We can build from concept plans but also have a range of design choices available as a starting point if required,” says Craig, “Our eight-step process assures that every home is finished to the highest standard, on time and within budget. We are always looking for the latest in technological advancements and product choices that benefit and add value. Being a member of the Registered Master Builders Federation is a further guarantee of our authenticity as a company you would want to do business with.”

 

 

The ‘extended family’ network includes real estate agents, architects, engineers, surveyors, subtrades and suppliers who align with the same values-driven approach. An inhouse Quantity Surveyor to number crunch ensures clients get the best value for money.

Why should you do business with David Magill Builders? “We solve problems successfully; our professionalism, credibility and expertise enable us to find solutions that everyone is happy with.”

To view a spectrum of beautifully crafted homes that have catered to the site’s characteristics and everyone’s unique desires, visit www.davidmagill.co.nz.

 

 


 

How to bring a vision to life: Fleetwood Construction


Building a dream home should always be a great adventure that comes with an extremely satisfying and happy ending. There are things you can do to ensure that your vision for your home is brought to reality in every detail.

 

 

Sam Fleetwood of Fleetwood Construction talked to us about the process of finding a builder. “You need to ascertain their honesty, integrity, workmanship and ability to communicate. We advise going through these steps as a bare minimum, before you sign.”

 

 

  1. Ask around for recommendations. Once you find a builder you like, ask to speak to some previous clients about their experience. You can even ask to have a look around one of their current building sites to see how they work and meet some of their team.
  2. Look into how long your builder has been in business and if they have been doing the type of work you require for a long time. See what awards they’ve won for this type of work.
  3. Research your builder’s social media and website to find out what type of work they have done, and if they have the right skills to build your home.
  4. Establish the resources they have available – how many in their team, how many they would put on your job, and what qualifications do they have.
  5. Are they good at communication? How will they communicate with you? You can find this out in the very early stages of contact with your builder.
  6. Make sure the builder is fully licensed, or even better, a registered Master Builder.

 


 

Green by name and nature: Green Builders


Reuben Green, Director of Christchurch firm Green Builders, is dedicated to achieving the highest standards on all building projects and works hard to ensure the construction process is always as seamless and stress-free as possible.

 

 

With a 20-year background in building and time spent in Melbourne where he worked on high-end renovations, Reuben now operates a company that specialises in large-scale renovations and bespoke architectural builds.

Green Builders can also complete sloping site works, renovations or additions, as well as any scale of landscaping requirements. Whether you’re interested in developing your dream family home, or need a company to manage large and complex architectural projects, Green Builders can help turn your dream into a reality.

Reuben says the team is committed to providing a customised project to suit you, your budget and your lifestyle. “We offer a personalised service,” he says. “We’ll work closely with you from the design stage throughout completion.”

Green Builders has a good working relationship with top-quality designers, suppliers and the architects at IDSGN who they regularly collaborate with on projects.

They’re also quick to point out that ‘Green’ is not just the company name, they also encourage you to discuss increasing the energy efficiency of your home by incorporating environmentally conscious systems and products into the construction.

Based in Christchurch, they’ve also completed projects in Wellington, Kaikoura and Ashburton. For an obligation-free chat, visit www.greenbuilders.co.nz.

 

 


 

Solution-based building: Pringle Homes


‘Building confidence’: two words which perfectly sum up Pringle Homes. Yes, in the minds of many, the idea of undertaking a new home build of one’s own can be a terrifying prospect. However, it doesn’t need to be. Thanks to Pringle Homes, the stress we tend to experience after deciding to pull the trigger on our new humble abode, simply no longer applies.

 

 

With their solution-based building and construction plan, Pringle Homes has, for the last decade, gained a sterling reputation for helping everyone, from first-time home buyers to others wanting their second dream home, get the peace of mind of a job well done.

You only need look at the home of Di Lynes and Richard Hall. Built by Pringle Homes, it has won the Gold Reserve and Master Build Regional House of the Year. It is also in the running for National House of the Year too.

Built using the latest building techniques and the best possible materials and no expense spared, this home is the standard by which Pringle Homes is renowned for. Di and Richard were given building confidence by Pringle Homes. Just think what Pringle homes can do for you.