Expert Christchurch Builder, Paul Reed, is committed to excellence in building

Demolition is about to begin on Viv and Steve’s earthquake damaged period home, but not before the solid timber rimu staircase is removed and restored. This will be reused in the replacement home which is a similar but updated take on the original homestead, by Nick Courtney of Courtney Architects.

Awesome and exciting carpentry opportunities to be working with traditional materials for this new home build. It’s awesome to be part of an ever decreasing group of professionals that do this sort of work.

Give me time for a coffee and chat about your project, and I’ll give you my enthusiasm and experience!

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NZIOB Study Tour At Christchurch Hospital Acute Services Building

Experienced Canterbury Builder, Paul Reed, is committed to excellence in building


Paul Reed NZIOB Study TourI’m a proud member of the NZ Institute of Building. The institute’s motto is “Bringing individuals together with a commitment to excellence in building”. The reason I am a member is so that I can immerse myself in a higher level of learning through connection of people and projects.

Today’s study tour was at the Christchurch Hospital Acute Services Building. What an amazing building that includes earthquake resistant base isolation and the most complex design and execution of pipework and wiring that I’ve ever seen.

Have a look at my 15 second rooftop Helipad video. What a great view, but more importantly great resource
for emergency patients in lifesaving situations.

If you’re looking for a real builder that has real and relevant knowledge – please call me for a chat 0274331657


How Our Clients Get Expert Tips Picking The Ultimate Kitchen

We caught up Steve from CabinetCraft and asked him what to consider when deciding on the ultimate kitchen to suit your lifestyle and new home.

Where do you start when planning your kitchen?

Building a new home, or even planning a renovation, can be an exciting time and also a little bit scary, as you have all these ideas floating around in your head as what you would like in your new home. One of the rooms that you will have a wish list for is the kitchen area and maybe even the laundry room. Today the kitchen is not only a place where you prepare the meals it also has become a social hub within the house with open plan living. Long gone are the days when the kitchen was tucked in the back corner of the house and everyone was up in the front room.

A good place to start is jot down a list of what you may like in your kitchen and do a plan/drawing of what cabinets you want where. Try and lay out your kitchen in a working triangle if you can – this can be a little more difficult if you have a galley type kitchen. Once you have a general idea of what your requirements are the team at CabinetCraft will sit down with you and between us we’ll design your new kitchen using our 3D design software and show you what your kitchen will look like.

How does CabinetCraft work in with Paul Reed Homes?

The team at CabinetCraft consider ourselves to be part of Paul Reed Homes’ team and have developed a close working relationship with them over the years. Paul, will make contact with us and forward your details so that we can make arrangements to meet with you and help you with the process of designing your new kitchen. You may already have a design by a kitchen designer – which is great! We are able to show you all the latest colours and products available to help you with your choice and fit within your budget.
Once we have a concept, the team at CabinetCraft will contact Paul Reed Homes and submit the details of what has been discussed. Once confirmation has been made CabinetCraft will look after the process of manufacture and installation of your new kitchen and any other joinery requirements – like laundry, wardrobes etc.

A great TIP for someone starting a new build or renovation is…

A kitchen has to be practical and work for you. Magazines are good to look at for some ideas and have designs with lots of kitchen gadgets – but be mindful these can take up a lot of cabinet space. Use drawers where possible, as it saves having to bend down into the back of cupboards to get at an item.

All the best with your kitchen planning!
The Team @ Cabinet Craft

*For inspiration from past projects head to

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How Our Clients Get Expert Tips For The Perfect Colour Palette

Choosing a colour palette for your new home can be a daunting task. We caught up with interior designer, Rosanne Huxham, from Nextdore, and asked for her expert advice for picking the perfect colour palette for the interior and exterior of your home.


Where do you start?

It is often a lot easier to tell us what you don’t like than what you do. Clients often aren’t sure that their ideas are going to work, we are here to make them work for you. Trust your initial response – that gut instinct is based on an emotional response. Whilst this may not be where you ultimately stay it gives us great direction of what you like.

Don’t be afraid that you are making something too personal. Unless this is somewhere you are putting straight on to the market, this is going to be your home, making it work to appeal to you is the biggest thing.

Budgeting is crucial – great ideas and concepts don’t always have to cost the earth. We will try our best to guide you in your selections so that you can make the most value for your money.

When coming to see us (at Nextdore), we will generally start with your carpet. Clients often have more of an idea of what colour, texture or material they want for this than anything else. BUT if you have a particular tile, wall colour, timber floor that you have fallen in love with – tell us – we will use this to build into your scheme.


How do you come up with a colour palette for an entire house?

We will generally also consider the exterior (if not choosing this with you) when creating a colour palette. The colour, materials and architectural style of your home outside often reflects the style and preference of a home-owners’ interior.

It’s fantastic to personalise individual rooms or create a “theme” for a room rather than a whole house, but also have a flow to the rest of a home.

There are ways in doing this as well that are then relatively easy to change, without costing significant amounts.

Keeping the bones of a home as a base to a scheme is crucial…. Tiles timber and carpet are not easily changed and will cost more than changing soft furnishings such as drapes, blinds, cushions or wallpaper.

Their style or colour can have an influence on the style or colour pallet of your home, how will those things sit in your home.


A great “colour” tip for someone starting a new build or renovation….

We have fantastic resources in some really good magazines showing current trends and different styles, show-homes and open homes are even a great way of seeing a lot of different styles and ideas.

But don’t just list what you like – take note of what you DON’T like.

Think about those key items – they have meaning to you or you won’t be replacing them anytime soon. (A piece of art, your lounge suite, a sideboard from Great Aunt Mildred)

This job is our passion, we love our work and the reaction of client’s feedback when it has all come to fruition is the most rewarding thing.

Nothing makes my day better than receiving a call or an email from a client saying how much they love their new room or home.

*For inspiration from past projects check out


Award Winning Christchurch Builder, Paul Reed, shows you how to get million dollar home quality for a fraction of the budget

Join me as I give you a tour of this architectural designed quality home built to meet the needs of the KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme. Just because you haven’t got a million dollar budget, doesn’t mean you have to put up with basic or poor quality. It’s really nice to be providing this end of the market a scaled down version of what we do in the million dollar plus categories.

To get in touch with me phone 03-385-8574 or email

How to get million dollar home quality for a fraction of the budget


Building With The Bellbirds

Building with the bellbirds and taking in the beautiful views amongst the native flora and fauna on Balmoral Hill. This five level home is reaching new heights with stunning views out across the estuary and beyond to the Southern Alps.


Hodgins-Scott House

With views out across the city and beyond to the Southern Alps, this house, located at the foothills of the Port Hills in the suburb of Hillsborough, was a challenging build.

With the original 1930’s bungalow a write off after the Christchurch earthquakes a full replacement house was constructed on the original site. The result, a warm and spacious family home which boasts unobstructed views of the city and Southern Alps.


What am I doing on Facebook?

For those of you who know me, you might have picked up that I’m not the sort of guy who feels comfortable sticking my neck out. But I recently learnt about the extent of the needs of some people living in my home town. I knew the housing situation in Christchurch was dire but I wasn’t aware there was so much immediate need for basic food and warm clothing here. I can’t fix this situation but I decided that I needed to get over my reserve, make a noise, and do one little thing that might help. I’m posting regular updates about it on my Facebook page. Maybe you’ll check it out. It’s your home town as well.

Christchurch City Mission does an incredible job of helping those in need but they could always use more help…
Follow Paul’s story and learn how we can make a difference.


The Human Touch

Paul dropped off gloves from Untouched World to the Christchurch City Mission this week, and we are getting very excited to reveal over the next couple of days how anyone can get involved spreading the warmth to those in Christchurch who need it most. Head over to our Facebook page to keep up to date for how you too can get involved. #thehumantouch

Here’s Paul dropping off gloves from Untouched World to the Christchurch City Mission. We are getting very excited to reveal over the next couple of days how anyone can get involved with spreading the warmth to those in Christchurch who need it most.