Why choose us?

New Zealand Carpentry are dedicated to delivering solutions to your building and lifestyle needs, working within your budget and ensuring a quality finish to every project. Our focus is on intentional building that takes on the considerations of its occupants as well as the surrounding environment.

Established in 2018 we have been servicing the South Canterbury area and the greater South Island with new builds, renovations and a variety of small jobs including decks, fences and relocatable buildings. Attention to detail, clean lines and balance are just a few of the things we love about building and try to incorporate into every job.

Our specialty really stands out when it comes to constructing unique custom homes that are designed for the site they are situated and believe that no two projects should be treated the same. We provide a personal service that is tailored to you as our client and look at the bigger picture when it comes to meeting you and your family’s needs.

Whether you have plans already designed and ready to build or are just starting out planning your dream home we can help guide you every step of the way. We offer complete services which will save you time and money including:
  • determining what is feasible within your budget
  • finding you the perfect section to build on
  • offering alternative options (e.g. subdividing your existing property)
  • matching you with one of our trusted architects and designers
  • engaging speciality engineers (e.g. survey, structural and mechanical)
  • providing you with a full cost analysis of you project
  • complete design and build packages, including house and land options

Fully licensed and qualified with over 35 years combined experience and the backing of the New Zealand Certified Builders we are the perfect fit for your project and can’t wait to start working with you.

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Thinking about sustainable building?

We know you care about the environment, health and wellbeing of the people you share your home with, and we are really passionate about incorporating sustainable building principles into every build.

Everyone has their own take on building sustainable and we start with what we can control, from site run off and waste management, better managing the quantities and quality of materials and where they are sourced through to constantly educating ourselves as new building techniques become available.

How green your home is depends on you and your budget, and we will do everything we can to incorporate the things that are important to you ensuring that your home is built to you and your family’s dreams, wants and needs at the best price.

Thank you Josh, Sarah, Ben and Tak, you are a great team. It’s as though you and the team have a sixth sense for building, renovation and custom improvements. Extremely flexible, professional and punctual, to a level not commonly seen in the building industry, and certainly not in this location. Reducing the complex to simple and genuinely caring about the outcome. My wife and I would highly recommend the NZ Carpentry team for your next build or renovation. The reduction of stress, by way of quality workmanship and professionalism made all the difference to us at a personal level. Thank you for helping us out in our hour of need
Brooke and Kelly-Anne
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Recent Projects

At New Zealand Carpentry we are exceptionally proud of the incredible work that we produce and want to share that with you.

Click here to view our recently completed projects

Current Projects

Documenting the building process is an important part of what we do. Check here to view some blog posts from our current projects.

Click here to go to our blog page
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We at Makers are grateful to work alongside NZ Carpentry. Our experience of Josh & his team has only been positive. Their capabilities, organisation, care and energy to achieve a high quality design outcome for all involved has been exceptional. During the recent construction of a new CLT home in Marahau, I really appreciated the regular photos, updates, and discussions around key details during construction.
Jae Warrander - Director, Makers of Architecture

The building process

A step by step process to your new home

1. Initial consultation. We take the time to meet and discuss your requirements and options. This is free to you and you are under no obligation to work with us if you feel we are not the right fit for your project.

2. Design. If you don’t have plans already we will connect you with our personally selected architects and designers to bring your dreams to life and work with them to make sure their design works with your budget.

3. Selections. If you haven’t made these choices yet we work with you to select the fittings, fixtures and kitchen design to ensure that there are as little unknowns as possible when it comes to pricing your job.

4. Cost Assessment. We provide a full in depth cost assessment of your project so we can provide an accurate fixed price quote, eliminating as much risk as possible.

5. Contracts. Once you are happy with the quote we use a plain English contract provided by the New Zealand Certified Builders Association and sit down with you to make sure you understand your contract cover to cover.

6. Construction. Once the contract is signed and deposit paid we will confirm your start date and construction can begin. You will be given frequent updates via email and your client portal on our website, along with regular scheduled site visits so you can see your design come to life.

7. Handover. We carry out a detailed inspection of the completed works with you and rectify anything that needs attention before final acceptance and occupation. Once all monies owed are paid you will receive your new keys and guarantee for your new home.

8. Maintenance Period. We attend to any issues that require attention during the 12 month defects liability period and send you regular reminders when things need to be checked and maintained for the next 10 years.

To find out more about these steps and other building related information
click here.
Exceptional experience with Josh and the team. I am absolutely stoked with my new home, and Josh had great communication and detail in managing the process. Look forward to the next project working with these guys
Ben Groundwater, Timaru
Meet the team
After taking a 6 month break from building in 2018 to backpack around the world with my family we returned to New Zealand with the intention of creating smaller more intentional homes and established New Zealand Carpentry to achieve this dream. We were inspired by many of the AirBnB and cabins we stayed in during our travels especially throughout Scandinavia and the Balkans where the performance standards of housing are well above that of NZ.

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Joshua Drummond - Owner/Carpenter

I am passionate about building and have been from a young age after helping my father build our family home, a passion that continues after more than 15 years in the trade. After leaving school I went on to study carpentry and completed my apprenticeship with the BCITO and then a Certificate in Construction. I am dedicated to education and furthering my career as a carpenter, currently studying Healthy Buildings and working towards the New Zealand Diploma in Construction.

In my spare time I love hiking and spending time out doors in nature with my wife and daughter, travel is a big part of my life and I love meeting new people and making new connections.

I hope to continue learning and improving my skill while inspiring others along with me.

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Ben Rayner - Foreman Carpenter

I have been in the building industry for 9 years. Within that time I have been lucky enough to come across many things that I enjoy daily about being a carpenter. Working with my hands to create things that I can be proud of and the satisfaction that comes with that would be what I enjoy most.

Hobbies Include: Outdoors, Family time, Frisbee Golf and cars.

Goals for the Future: To challenge myself while maintaining a good balance of work/Commitments and leisure time. To continue to learn new things and help others around me.

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Takahi McNab - Carpenter

I’ve been in the building industry for 10 years and enjoy seeing the day to day progress on projects, from stacks of materials to functional creations, I enjoy learning the most efficient methods of building and aiming for quality outcomes.

Out side of work I enjoy quality family time, often spent outdoors, sports, and new experiences.

Goals include gaining all round residential experience, taking on more responsibility developing into running projects as the company grows.

Out side of work goals include finish my forever ongoing renovations, NZ road trip with the whanau and build a family home.
Don't delay any longer! Get in touch with the team at New Zealand Carpentry today to start planning your dream home.