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Hamish completed a substantial house extension for us that included a new study, deck and garage including the driveway. Noting that we have done several major alterations on past houses and worked with many excellent tradesmen, Hamish and team impressed us as being amongst the very best.

If Hamish is responsible for a job you can be assured that it will be done to the highest standard, in a timely fashion and at fair and reasonable rates. Hamish and all of his team were friendly and highly competent. His apprentices impressed with their attitude and were well supervised.

Most importantly, we felt Hamish communicated with us as his clients as well as could ever be expected and he was totally in control of all aspects of the project. He is an excellent organiser both in relation to the work required and his team’s performance. He also took whatever time was required to understand what we wanted and sort out any issues we might have had.

He simply is one of the best builders in the industry.

Willie Palmer and Susan Rowe

I am pleased to provide a supportive professional reference for Mr Hamish Ritchie, builder.

Hamish was responsible for major extensions to the upper storey of a large two storey wooden house originally built in 1928. The extensions consisted of making four extra small rooms adjoining the two major bedrooms. The extra rooms are used as study, walk-in wardrobe, childrens bedroom and ensuite bathroom.

I shall mention promptness of start and completion of the project, workmanship, adherence to quotation, and professional relationship.

Hamish submitted a quotation within a few days and started the project on time. Any extensive work to an old wooden house is inevitably unpredictable and as the project progressed I requested several modifications of the original plan. The project over ran from an estimated two months to five months but during this time work continued uninterruptedly apart from a short break at Christmas. At any one time there were up to six workmen and one tradesman (tiler) came at weekends. I personally had expected the project to take at least six months from the outset so was not dissapointed by the slight over run.

The workmanship was high quality throughout and Hamish subcontracted to good, efficient specialists such as electrician, plumber, tiler and painters. The workmen arrived promptly every day at 7.15am and were often working until 6.00pm.

The original estimate for the project was for the creation of the extra rooms as a "dormer" extension and I am sure that if the project had not been modified by me on several occasions, it would have come close to the original quotation. However, during the project I asked for expensive Rimu flooring and ceiling linings as well as Rimu shelving to match the character of the exisitng house .

I found Hamish very agreeable to work with. He kept my wife and I informed at all stages of the building and asked appropriately when decisions had to be made on site. He also informed us well whenever there was any change in the building activity so that we could plan around this in advance. Hamish was very receptive to suggestions that I made whilst the project was proceeding and invariably found a way to accommodate my suggestions.

I look forward to working with Hamish again on further smaller projects on the house and have no hestitation in recommending him as a good natured, reliable and competent builder.

Peter Thornley

What can we say, the biggest thank-you ever... for building our "absolute dream home". From the first time we spoke to you about creating the home of our dreams, to the final finishing touches, you have been extremely easy to deal with. You took our concerns and wishes seriously at all times, and have done more than you were contracted to do throughout the process.

Some people thought we were absolutely crazy having a house of this difficulty built in Canterbury while we were living and working in Auckland, but you made our experience an enjoyable and exciting one.

We know that you and your builders treated the building of our home as though it was your own, and you took a lot of time thinking through the difficult challenges that was faced with our design.

You seem to have a talent for working with, and alongside, trades people and other companies that we had employed to carry out other areas of our house - and we all know that can be trying at times...

Your project management of our house was outstanding, and it was a relief we didnt have to entrust that job to someone else.

You have created a home that will be lived in and loved for many years to come. We have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone who requires an outstanding builder and project manager. We wish you the absolute best for your future developments and thank you personally from the bottom of our hearts.

Kate, John, Luke & Mackenzie Dowman

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