Hill Build Experts

Hill section builders for Christchurch, Canterbury, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell, Southern Lakes, Central Otago, Tekapo, Twizel. Paul Reed Homes have a reputation for building superb Award-Winning architectural homes on difficult hill sections, using innovative solutions and materials to create stunning new homes with exceptional value for money.

Considering Building Your Dream Home on the Hill..?

But are you losing sleep, thinking about all the ways your new hill build could go wrong..?

Paul Reed Homes have been building and renovating high-quality architectural homes for almost 25 years, while specialising in hill-section projects and our experience in this demanding area is second to none, which is why we are able to  ensure sure the entire process is stress-free and enjoyable for you and your family.

Being the experts in hill and architectural homes, I understand that building your own home is an incredibly exciting decision to make, but can also be overwhelming and confusing, which is why  I’m happy to provide you with a full building and project management service if you require.

And as director of Paul Reed Homes – and career professional builder – I’ll guide you every step of the way, from concept plans through to your projects’ completion.

And of course, you don’t have to have your own plans before meeting us, as we work with a range of highly-experienced architects that will match your project and personality to design a home you’ll be delighted with.

Hill Build Experts

Paul Reed

Paul Reed Award-Winning
Master Builder, Christchurch

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Why clients have chosen to work with us over the past 22 years

With 22 years in business, find out what sets Paul Reed Homes apart from the rest.

Trusting a builder to build your home, or undertaking a large renovation on your existing home, is a stressful process. I wouldn’t have anyone on site I wouldn’t trust to build my own parent’s house. (I can say this, because I recently built my parents’ home.)

With 22 years in business, you can have confidence that Paul Reed Homes are around for the long haul.

Paul Reed Homes are proud members of the NZ Registered Master Builders and the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce. Also, I am personally a member of the New Zealand Institute of Building.

We have a history of House of the Year awards for our homes; we continually strive for and are regularly awarded top awards including Gold Awards, Supreme Awards and National Gold Reserve Awards.


The Brief

After the Christchurch earthquakes that badly affected Rob and Mel’s home, they were in dire need for serious repairs. Added to the scope of works were significant internal and external alterations. Two thirds of the floor, supporting walls and foundations needed removing in preparation for replacements. Alongside the repairs and remodelling, they wanted to mine into the existing hillside to create more rooms and space. The family wanted to keep as much of the heritage aesthetic as possible while ensuring on site safety throughout the building process.


Finding the right team to execute this project was crucial for Rob and Mel. With tasks such as mining into the hillside and undergoing new support systems for the skeleton, this was no easy feat.

Paul Reed Homes offered quality assurance with our commercial construction knowledge and liaised weekly with architect and engineer. Paul Reed Homes kept in contact with the family on the project’s progress through weekly meetings. This helped Rob and Mel work through each alteration and maintain the house’s character and traditional structure.

Our team brought its expertise and systems into each meeting with the family to build a personal relationship and trust that would make the building of Rob and Mel’s home tailored and efficient in the building process. Architect and builder updates were exchanged regularly to support these meetings and add to the family’s involvement and decision making. Safety regulations were second nature to this highly trained building team which was outlined by the family as a primary step to prevent any injuries and future risks.

With expertise comes little trial and error. Paul Reed Homes were able to accurately follow client, architect, and engineer plans, specifications, and vision. This meant identifying and prioritising Rob and Mel’s wants and needs, such as maintaining and enhancing the home’s character.

The Result

As a result of our Paul Reed Homes systems and planning, Rob and Mel were delivered a safe, warm home that reflected their original brief. Furthermore, their home was entered into House of the Year awards, winning a local Gold, Category win (Over $500,000.00 Renovation), Supreme Renovation Award and finally the National Gold Reserve Award! Rob and Mel were rewarded in their choice of builder with reduced stress and expert knowledge.

Staying updated at every stage is key in not being overwhelmed when it comes to making important decisions about your build process. To ensure you’re fully up to date we use a world class project management system that ensures nothing is missed and that you have a clear understanding of your build timeline and budget spend at every step of your build process. You get your very own login that allows you access to your build at any time and place.

In addition, the dedicated project manager for your build is available to have weekly meetings with you to discuss any questions you might have about your build progress, budget plans, and help answer all your questions.

Finally, our Quality Assurance checklist ensures nothing is missed, and every detail is covered. Head over to our How We Work with You page to give you an in depth breakdown of how this process would work for you.

Precision, flexibility, comfort, and quality are things we guarantee you will encounter building your dream home with Paul Reed Homes. Want to see how unique, innovative and customisable our new builds are? Check out our Case Studies to see the total satisfaction we have provided for our past clients.


Case Study

Recently, we were asked to take a project over that was ready for building consent application but had been stopped by the client at that stage. The reason being the project was considerably over budget. This was a technically challenging site on the port hills that had a combination of issues including landslide, retaining walls and bearing capacity.


It was quickly evident why the budget had been exceeded. The designer was engaged by the client to produce a nice design. The engineer was engaged by the designer to produce a foundation solution. A builder was to be chosen and engaged by the client based on lowest price tender. In this scenario no one was working for the client or an overall expected outcome. So what went wrong?

Having never built before, the client relied on the designer, not knowing some designers don’t work as a team. Some clients adopt the old fashioned approach that the building cost is set by the lowest price tender, and completely miss the value an Architect-Builder-Client team approach can add to the project.

The engineer wasn’t aware of the client’s budget nor the true cost of his foundation engineering solution

No building contract was awarded

The client was out of pocket tens of thousands of dollars because the ‘Tender Price’ was above budget and the work to date was pretty much redundant.

Guess which industry was blamed for expensive building costs? The Builder.


So how did we help? Click here to find out

One of the most frequently heard stories I hear from potential clients I talk to is about how long over time their friend’s house took to build.

One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked is, “How do you ensure my project will run on time?”

I recognise how stressful it can be planning your life around the construction of a new home. MY comprehensive project plan ensures you get exactly what you expected, and BuilderTREND’s online project calendar lets you follow the progress of your build every step of the way.

OUR PAST HILL WORK [Click photo for Gallery]


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