Testimonials

I was required to complete a full reclad of my 3 story house to obtain Council code compliance. I contacted a number of builders to obtain a quote. Jesse came round to view the property and submitted a very competitive quote and was easy to deal with. I selected them without hesitation.

The job itself turned into a bigger task when they took the existing cladding off. Hadleigh managed the job from start to finish and was amazing. He made me feel at ease, kept me informed the entire way, offered solutions for challenges uncovered and delivered an amazing result. He even offered to, then took down and disposed of a large dead tree in his own time, at no cost.

I’ve now achieved code compliance, have an amazing looking house and have achieved a sale in no time at all. I couldn’t have achieved this without the help of Hadleigh, Jesse and their team. I would have absolutely no hesitations in recommending DRD for any job, large or small. If I have any further need of a builder, I know exactly who I’ll be contacting!
Elliot, Johnsonville – Reclad 2014/15

We have been completely satisfied with the recent full roof ,window and door replacement undertaken by DRD Builders on our house. The roof replacement was very complex and both Hadleigh and Jesse kept us informed throughout the process. Any unforeseen problems along the way were dealt with professionally and the job ran seamlessly from start to finish. We were pleasantly surprised with the level of communication from DRD Builders having not experienced this level of attention to detail and focus on minimal disruption before. They were very attentive to every detail of the build and made life easy for our family of six throughout the process. With in excess of 10 tradesmen of site at any one time we were very impressed with the way DRD Builders organised their own staff and sub contractors on site. We would not hesitate in recommending DRD Builders to anyone wanting a high quality, cost effective building solution . Their ability to work alongside architects, councils and to coordinate their building work with sub contractors is outstanding and a credit to the team they have built.
Richard and Gina Lousley, January 2015

Things that come to mind in our time working with you:
Professional
– GANTT chart sold me on DRD’s proposal (1 of 3 builders’ proposal we reviewed), which was also professionally put together with examples of both domestic and commercial builds that they had successfully delivered.
– great communications – kept us up-to-date with progress as well as regular onsite meetings with the architect.
– changes to plans were explained well and provided with an ETC, so that we could decide whether we wanted to proceed.

Practical
– fixes to small jobs onsite (leak in bedroom cupboard; underfloor insulation) were completed with leftover material. By this I mean – DRD resolved non-visible/not in public areas issues, by using material that was still of use, but others may have thrown away/charged us more for. As a client, we appreciated this.
– discussions around the value of a change (de-squeaking the stairs; not over engineering a portion of the ceiling insulation) were provided to us in terms we could understand, so that we could make the right decision for our spend.
– really good organising subcontractors and seems to have a good team of people around him.

Impressive
– fixing a leak in the roof, prior to starting the rebuild, and not charging us for it. (It was winter, it was wet, we have a young child). Jesse didn’t have to do that.
– design flourishes like the “beading” around the beams and staircase.
– leaving a tidy worksite
– offering to drive me home, to our temporary accommodation when I had visited the site.
– always contactable
– followed up on tasks, and checked back with us to ensure that we were happy.

We have recommended DRD to several people, and plan to use Jesse and DRD for any future work.
Jesse is the only builder who has ever turned up when he said he would, kept us up to date and made sure that other tradespeople did the same. If only all builders were like this!
Andrew Black, January 2015

What impressed us from the beginning was the attention to detail and the timeliness of their quote compared with other building firms we’d gone out to tender with. Both Jesse and Hadleigh are straight up guys and have been great to deal with throughout the entire build.
Hadleigh took on the role of managing a small team of builders, overseeing all aspects of the build to ensure it was to the highest standard. He kept us informed every step of the way and often used great initiative to overcome some of the problems encountered. He was up front about any variations of work to the original plan and sometimes offered more than one solution.
The team were always punctual and courteous, mindful that we continued to live in the existing house and providing us with ample warning when we needed to move out of our rooms to allow the build to progress. The DRD team kept the worksite very tidy/safe at all times.
We are extremely pleased with the finished product and are looking forward enjoying our home for many a year to come. We’ve received numerous positive comments from people in our street and passers by.
One happy customer, January 2015 (Read more…)

Our house is 100 years old & sustained a major fire. There was extensive fire damage, water damage and smoke contamination. DRD Builders won the contract to reinstate our home and put it back the way it was. This entailed complete rebuilding of the top story and major work downstairs. We found both Jesse and Hadleigh good to deal with throughout.
Hadleigh had oversight of the project. He is a good communicator – he always answered calls and kept us well informed as the job progressed. The quality of workmanship was excellent and Hadleigh & his team took a pride in restoring the many period features as well as installing two modern bathrooms.
They are honest, hard working and meticulous tradesmen. Their charges are reasonable and they completed a six month building project on time.
We would use them again as our first option and can confidently recommend them.
Deryk and Jan McNamara, September 2014

Our 1906 Villa was desperately in need of help – the downstairs flat was in disrepair, the bathroom was falling to pieces, it was cold and there was water coming through one of the walls.
DRD were already highly recommended from people who had already used them, and their quote was fair for the scope of the project. We appreciated the general professionalism of their website and their quote so felt comfortable with offering them the project. It was a decision, now that the project is at an end, that we have not lived to regret.
It has been a pleasure having DRD and their team as part of our lives during the project.
Jesse and Hadleigh are honest and very hard working guys who have done everything in their power to make the project the success it has been. They have a great crew behind them and have delivered in every way that you would hope that the builders working on your house would.
The downstairs of our house is now warm behind the solid construction of the retaining walls, double glazed windows and insulation, and everything is the same high spec of the upstairs.
DRD went beyond the scope of the job to make sure everything was done properly, including replacing rotted piling and adding additional structures and decking to ensure that everything was as good as it could be.
If you are looking for a building company that is not going to give you the run around and deliver a high end job with the minimum of drama then DRD are the people you want!
David And Caroline Abbott, July 2014

Prompt, professional work performed to a high standard. Very satisfied with the job done and the price quoted. I would recommended DRD to anyone looking at having alterations done to their home, no matter what the size!
Jonathan Wierenga, Petone 2014

We had Jesse and Hadleigh from DRD Builders over to help us fix our garage. They were reliable, hard-working and did such a good job we got them to come back and do our bathroom too.
Seth Zorn, Lower Hutt 2014

I have known Jesse for a number of years and since he has been in business on his own and he has undertaken building maintenance projects on my private residence over the last 3 years. Jesse has always been professional in his approach to his work – from the quote through to the completion of the project, including clearance of the site. I would certainly recommend his services to others and would be happy to give a reference.
John Little, 2012

We have just completed our first ever renovation project and Jesse made the whole process easy and as painless as possible.
He provided a realistic quote for the work; and was incredibly professional, clear on what services he could provide, supported what we wanted and gave good input to help us reach our final decisions. The quote was professionally presented, he took time to address any questions we had, amended it when necessary and even organised the sub-contractors.
Jesse was punctual, starting as soon as we obtained building consent. His part of the job was completed on time, to an amazing standard, and we were impressed with the quality of his work.
We love our renovated house, the building work is exceptional and the experience was a breeze.
Mike and Nicola, 2012.

We contracted Jesse to do some internal renovations to our house which is an old wooden villa. Jesse provided us with good practical advice which we much appreciated. From the initial quote to the completion of the job Jesse was professional, prompt and took the time to keep us informed on the progress.
We can vouch that Jesse’s workmanship is of a high standard, as are his expectations of his subcontractors involved in the renovation. We had organised the electrical work separately, however we would in future have Jesse organise and oversee all subcontract work.
We also found Jesse approachable and accommodating when, as inevitably happens when doing up an old house, we requested a number of changes to the initial scope of work.
We are very happy with the end result and the cost of the work done, and would have no hesitation in using his company again in the future or recommending them for any building projects.
Maria & Bruce Peddie, Newtown 2011

Jesse managed a project for us that involved a chimney demolition, making good the roof and wall, re-painting and related tasks. Jesse was eager and pleasant, very organised and neat, and his workmanship first class. He was recommended to us and we have no hesitation in recommending him to others.
Peter & Gayle Williams, 2011

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