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Joinery expertise bonus for firm

Liki Udam Aug 8
Joinery expertise bonus for firm
Hand crafted kitchen joinery, villa renovations, stairs and new builds are all catered for by Hawke’s Bay company Christie Builders and Joiners

Providing the Hawke’s Bay with professional building services which stand out from the pack, Christie Builders and Joiners has a proud reputation for quality workmanship and professional service which extends over four generations of builders.

Peter Christie has followed the footsteps of his grandfather Davey and his dad Ben into the building trade, and likewise his own son Mike has now joined the industry having completed his building apprenticeship following his initial career choice as a plumber, gas fitter, and drain layer.

Peter says running a full joinery workshop as well as a construction team allows Christie Builders and Joiners to successfully deliver the whole job from start to finish, along with a good team of subcontractors who have worked on Christie projects for a number of years.

“Having our own joinery shop makes it easy for us to manage the type of work that links both of these disciplines,” he says.

“We specialise in a lot of renovations to old houses, so whenever we’ve got something special like a rolled verandah on an old villa where we’ve got to make a whole lot of curved rafters, our joinery shop takes care of that, in conjunction with our construction team. We can complete all of the joinery requirements for new builds as well, in terms of kitchens, stairs, and anything else which is required.”

Peter and Ben both trained during a time when apprentices could qualify in both carpentry and joinery at the same time, and the joinery shop now boasts something like 300 different moulding samples, collected by Peter and Ben over the years, and some of which were used in the region’s earliest buildings.

Peter now runs a tight knit team of hardworking builders, joiners, and apprentices who are dedicated to maximising their efficiency so their clients can enjoy their new build, renovation, or repair in the shortest timeframe possible.

As builders with a difference, Christie Builders and Joiners is regularly sought out by clients who want something different, and k now the company is capable of meeting their wishes.

One such recent project was the build of an off the grid farmhouse near Eskdale in Hawke’s Bay.

“It had old relics form the farm, like a rifle and bits and pieces of old farm machinery which we laid into the concrete floor, and we made a kitchen using a lot of timber from around the farm, including old 350 by 350 totara bridge beams,” Peter says.

Joinery expertise bonus for firm

“They had a shed full of macrocarpa timber which we made all of the interior doors and door frames out of in our joinery shop.

In the bathroom, to separate the shower off we used two great big 1.8m high limestone rocks that were down a bank off the farm. We cast them into a strengthened concrete floor and you walk between these two rocks and into the shower.”

With Mike’s skills and experience now bolstering the Christie Builders and Joiners team, more synergies were found on another recent new build where he provided all of the plumbing and drainage work.

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