The Block NZ, Renovation

The Block NZ, Renovation

- Libby & Ben Crawford

"The Block NZ is a pretty unique experience to have been part of and is definitely not the norm when it comes to renovation. My sister Libby and I literally renovated a depilated old Takapuna state house inside and out in just 10 weeks - with every move recorded for all of New Zealand to see.

The first challenge we had was to find a building company that could drop everything and help us out - we literally Googled 'licensed builders Takapuna' and Haven were the first result we found. We gave them a call and Ray was knocking on our front door within minutes. After looking around he asked when we needed someone to start - when we said 'today' he said 'why not' and had his guys around by lunch time - this enthusiasm and 'nothing is a problem' attitude became a signature trait throughout the project. 

And so began 10 incredibly intense weeks. Time and time again we were blown away with the quality of workmanship and how far above-and-beyond the Haven team were willing to go for us. They became great friends and an invaluable member of our team - not only as builders but as sounding boards for design ideas and innovative solutions that ultimately lead us to winning the series. The fact the auction room was sent into a bidding frenzy when our house went under the hammer is a credit to the craftsmanship and effort the Haven Renovations team put in for us.

There is no way we would have won The Block NZ without Ray, Garrick and the rest of the Haven Renovations team. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone seeking a building company in Auckland. In fact I was so impressed with the guys that they recently built my very own dream home for me and my wife Kylie." - Ben Crawford

Haven Renovations The Block NZ Libby and Ben Auckland Builders 1

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Haven Renovations was formed in 2005 after Ray Sale returned home to New Zealand from an 8-year stint traveling and managing high-end residential construction in London. Ray decided to establish a building and renovation company that would provide unsurpassed quality of craftsmanship and high-end construction knowledge to the local market. Haven Renovations have been in operation since then and we've completed numerous renovations and new builds around Auckland City Central and North Shore City. READ MORE


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North Shore City



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