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Exceptional 1900s villa restoration: Nathan Cook Builders

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




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.

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Nathan Cook Builders

Personalised Perfection: Nathan Cook Builders

At Nathan Cook Builders, quality craftsmanship and working with customers to achieve their dream property is top of the agenda.


Nathan Cook Builders


Founded by Nathan Cook in 2002, the company has been operating in the Canterbury region ever since, completing numerous historic earthquake repairs alongside day-to-day projects. Operations manager Paul Robertson says the team works closely with architects and designers to help customers achieve the look they’re after and guide them through the process, all while sticking to budget.

“We aim for a more personalised approach,” Paul says. “We don’t tailor our customers to suit our mould; we mould to suit our customers. “Everyone who comes through the door has different criteria they want to work to and different personalities… some customers want to sit on the sidelines and watch; others literally want to be there swinging a hammer. We pride ourselves on being able to work in and allow them to be as involved as they want to be, ensuring their project is an enjoyable personal investment.”

Paul says part of their success has to do with a strong teamwork ethic and long-standing relationships with local subcontractors. If you’re looking to start a renovation, new build, or earthquake repair in the New Year, the Selwyn-based team looks forward to helping you out and making sure the process is as straightforward and transparent as possible.

“We keep everything open-book. Everyone’s on the same page; we pride ourselves on being upfront.” From architectural builds and commercial construction, through to outdoor living design and construction, the team can handle all aspects of your project.