Bennie Builders


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Bennie Builders is a privately-owned company situated in Arrowtown and run by James and Mia. Projects include award winning private residences, small subdivisions, shop fit outs, large and small renovations and outdoor areas. 

What makes us different; Bennie Builders is unique to other building firms as it has two workflows. Firstly, where we finish works for clients and the second we design and construct our own properties to sell. This secondary work flow gives us the advantage of understanding what is vital to our clients as we are the client. We appreciate the importance to keeping to a budget and avoiding overruns and ensuring that the project is finished on time. Another advantage of our mixed structure is that we have a "store" of work capacity that we can divert from our own projects and used to excel progress on your build when needed.

Our business philosophy is to provide top quality workmanship at a fair cost. Regardless of whether a build is a multimillion dollar project or a modest build we apply the same level of workmanship and personal eye to detail. Our boutique structure means that responsibility for quality isn’t delegated out and not monitored. Mistakes cost money for both the client and Bennie Builders so we try our utmost to do it once and do it right the first me. Our structure means that our clients consistently have a two person check at each stage of the project. First with the foreman of the site who is on the job 100% and whose work performance is measured against the success of the project and secondly with James’ supervision and personal monitoring to ensure the quality of Bennie Builders projects are maintained. Bennie Builders name and reputation will be forever attached to your project so it is important to us that your project is completed on time and budget to your satisfaction.

James is a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) with class level two. This means that James is qualified to oversee a wider range of building work. He has the expertise and working knowledge to liaise with everyone in the building process from client to architect and subcontractors. A great asset to have in any building project.

Mia is a practising solicitor with seventeen years’ experience. Ten spent in corporate practice specialising in Resource Management and Consent processes, seven in a local firm in Queenstown. Mia undertakes the procurement on the land purchases for our spec builds and obtains all building, resource and subdivision consents needed for those projects. As she is very familiar with the Queenstown Lakes consent process she also assists our client navigate those processes if needed.

We are member of Registered Master Builders. Master Builders have been representing excellence in building in New Zealand for over 100 years. To become a Registered Master Builder applicants must demonstrate that they meet stringent criteria in: building experience, trade and professional qualifications, practical management experience, workmanship (previous clients have been contacted to ensure their work is of a high standard and has satisfied their expectations) and financial responsibility (written references have been provided from their bank, accountant and building material suppliers). You can build with confidence knowing that we have met the quality assessment demanded from New Zealand’s best known industry standard.

As a registered Master Builder we can offer clients the security of a Master Builders Guarantee. Master Builders are the oldest and largest provider of guarantees in New Zealand. They offer the most comprehensive building guarantees available, including cover for defects in materials, structural defects, rot and fungal decay (leaky building).

Hazard Co; Bennie Builders are registered with the Hazard Co Health and Safety Plan. They are engaged for each project to produce a site specific health and safety plan. This ensures that hazards unique to each site are identified and managed to minimise, isolate or eliminate. Bennie Builders has never been subject to any compliance or enforcement action by Worksafe NZ.

“James was on board with our build from Day 1 as we worked through the construction methodology with him while we prepared the plans. Our house included thermal detailing that was new to James but his team took on the challenge of building an 'airtight' house and they succeeded in achieving the blower door test. On site the team were friendly, focused and they took great pride in their workmanship. James was excellent at coordinating the key trades and the house was built to our timeframe and our budget. We enjoyed the whole building process with the team very much.” - Louise Wright Registered Architect, and Partner of Assembly Architects

“James and his team at Bennie Builders delivered everything that they promised. The fit out for our third establishment had to be completed in a short timeframe but still finished to a very high standard. James demonstrated a real ability to manage and juggle subcontractors and suppliers while keeping the job moving under very testing conditions due to weather and unforeseen problems with the pre-existing building shell. Many of the bespoke finishings within the café were technically difficult to install as they were unique and had not been done before. We are thoroughly impressed with the results and would definitely use Bennie Builders for our future projects.” - Chris Vile Owner of Vudu Café, Vudu Café and Larder and Bespoke Kitchen

“I was thrilled with the way Bennie Builders helped me through a project building two townhouses in Queenstown. Not only was the construction of very high quality but James and his team were most helpful throughout the project, helping to solve all those problems that inevitably fall through the cracks between design and construction detail. Mia too was most helpful in being able to guide me through the process of subdivision which involved obtaining Council Consents, liaising with a surveyor and obtaining new titles. I cannot speak highly enough of this great team that made this complex project seem so easy.” - P. Le Heron

“We've had the pleasure of using James and his team on several home renovation projects, from kitchen improvements to custom bookshelves, and we've been pleased with the results on every level. As project manager, James has always been able to understand our whims and fantasies, and he usually has a better solution on offer when needed. The members of the team have always been tidy and efficient, and very easy to work with. We look forward to working with them again, and recommend Bennie Builders without reservation.” - Dale Gold

“We bought our 'Bennie Builders' built house at Jacks Point as a new build. From the moment we walked in, we fell in love with the simplicity and openness of the design, as well as the build details that brought everything together into a purchase. The positioning of the house to maximise views and the clever use of window placement to maximize sun throughout the day results in a real 'wow' factor. We dealt with both James and Mia during the purchase and they were both very helpful in making sure we knew everything there was about the house and we've been more than happy recommending 'Bennie Builders' to a number of friends and colleagues since moving in. Highly recommended and you'll be in great hands.” - Kevin Dibley and Rachel Taylor;

  • Master Builders Category Winner – 2017
  • Master Builders Gold Reserve Winner – 2017
  • Master Builders Gold Medal Winner – 2017
  • Master Builders Silver Medal Winner - 2015


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