Reigning supreme in new home builds

Reigning supreme in new home builds
This stunning home took out the 2018 Canterbury Gold Award and the National Gold Reserve Award in the Renovations over $1m category.

Christchurch building company, John Creighton Builders Ltd is a leader when it comes to award-winning excellence in the home building market.
The company’s impressive awards’ haul includes the inaugural New Zealand Registered Master Builders’ Sapphire Award, which is only given to builders who have already achieved three regional supreme awards for either renovations or new builds.
This is a new award that had not previously been presented. Last year, it also received the highly prestigious platinum award in recognition of fi ve national category awards.
In 2017, the company won the Supreme House of the Year title for a new home built in Mt Pleasant, along with the new home over $2m award and the craftsmanship award.
Last year produced more outstanding results. As well as making the National Gold Reserve list, the team also picked up a Canterbury gold award in the renovations over $1m category. These are really only the tip of the awards iceberg, as the company has been a consistent award winner going back many years now.
The awards list encompasses not only impressive new builds and renovations, but also new kitchens and bathrooms. When John founded the company in 1993, he began with only himself and an apprentice. Today, he has a staff of 30.
“One of the keys to success is the people you surround yourself with,” he observes. “I’ve got many long term employees, guys who have been with me for over 15 years. They’re passionate about building and enjoy being able to work on some pretty special projects.”
Looking back, there is no single pivotal moment he can recall that launched the company on its upward trajectory. Rather, it has been a slow and steady journey in which John’s focus has long been on building houses in the elite category.
“From the outset, I wanted to build exceptional houses. “You don’t get into that overnight but you can gradually build a brand that people will trust and it evolves from there.
“People at the top end of the market have done their homework and their research. “We want to make sure we’re on that list of builders those people will seek out.”
There is a special and unique work culture at John Creighton Builders that contributes to its ongoing success. The company and its staff members take pride in what they do and in fostering dependable and productive relationships with clients.
The foreman, leading hand and other staff assigned to a particular project will be on site daily, from start to finish and the company uses a team of proven sub-contractors and suppliers. Solid relationships with leading architects have also been established over the years.
“The bottom line is that we’ve never wanted to be the biggest builder; we want to build the nicest houses in town and we have a reputation for doing so.”
Good management and planning is pivotal. John’s role in the company today is as its overseer, relying on his capable team to manage projects on a day to day basis. “They’re just so good at what they do and they are the key contact on site for our clients.”
While the majority of their work is Canterburybased, John Creighton Builders has also completed homes in Central Otago and is currently working on a project in Banks Peninsula. The high end residential market in Christchurch also remains buoyant.
“As well, we’re looking at doing a project in Auckland this year,” says John. And with their track record to date, John Creighton Builders is sure to be a prominent name in the Master Builder Awards for many years to come.
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