Maintaining the highest of standards

Maintaining the highest of standards
Gibb Building Wanaka has built many high-end architecturally designed homes in the region.

For Gibb Building Wanaka, successful building projects are all about happy clients, and this drives company managing director Nevin Gibb and his team to hand over new homes or alterations to their owners, completed on time and to the highest standard.
After 20 years of living and working in Wanaka, having completed his training and built for a number of years in Canterbury, Nevin and his team have built up strong relationships with a regular group of subcontractors.
“I’ve used the same subcontractors for the past 10 to 15 years,” Nevin says. “Just like my team, they equally set a high standard of workmanship and can relate and understand our clients’ requirements.”
Nevin’s standards have been recognised by architects which has also allowed him to build up great rel ationships with both Dunedin’s Gary Todd Architecture.
“When they have clients building in Wanaka, they’ll recommend Gibb Building Wanaka for tender,” Nevin says.
Nevin moved to Wanaka in 1998 and went to work for another building company before going out on his own. He built quite a few spec homes for himself as well as building some homes for architects and draughtsmen in Wanaka.
The market was hot in the early 2000s, and when it started to dry up in 2010, he took the initiative to ring around a few architects to see if anyone needed a builder in the Upper Clutha area.
Gary Todd was one he reached who did have a project in Wanaka.
Gibb Building Wanaka won the job and the relationship continued from there, with Nevin now having completed another four Gary Todd Architecture homes.
Last year Gibb Building Wanaka finished a large Gary Todd Architecture project in Wanaka for a couple from Sydney who were building their dream holiday home for themselves and their extended family.
They had a 4000sqm section in the elevated Far Horizon subdivision, for which Gary Todd Architecture designed a 350sqm holiday home to cater for extended family and friends.
Three pavilions are linked by flat roofs and glass walls, a modern interpretation of Central Otago’s gabled-roof barn shapes.
The pavilions are arranged in a T shape, providing privacy from neighbouring properties while also creating an entry courtyard on the south side and an outdoor living courtyard on the north side.
“We used a lot of natural materials including cedar, stained black to match the roof, and bagged schist walls,” Nevin says.
“The home included extensive north-facing glazing to maximise the sun and the panoramic views, heated polished concrete floors, thermally broken aluminium joinery, and heavily insulated walls and ceilings.”
The home was a national finalist in the Window Association of New Zealand awards. With the owners in Sydney during the construction of their holiday home, Nevin emailed them weekly with photos and progress reports.
Construction in Wanaka is still booming, decent staff are hard to find, and Nevin is working hard to plan his upcoming builds to ensure he can continue to be able to do what he says he is going to do.
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