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I’ve known John Cole for 3 years after he and his team completed an extensive renovation to my property in Sandringham and then a number of smaller projects.

I like dealing with John as he is direct, pragmatic, honest and easy to deal with. I’ve always been happy with the quality of the job he does, time in which it is completed and integrity with which he backs up his work. He has significant experience in renovations and older properties, and I found his advice and knowledge really helpful in getting a result that was beautiful but in character with the property.

I’d have no hesitation in recommending John.

Katrina Ritchie
Sandringham


I am writing to commend you and your team for being such an excellent company to work with. As you know you listened to what we wanted to create (a verandah for the north of our house like the existing verandah to the west), you cleverly designed plans to achieve that, and your team delivered what we wanted. Your team were also willing to undertake some additional repair work we needed: replacement of rotten weatherboards, including an exterior wall of a front bedroom and installation of insulation in that wall, repairing a sash window and undertaking some fiddly wood turning for lights, amongst other things.

You and your team were always on time and turned up when they were scheduled to be here. You and your team were very good at communicating about progress against the work programme. Your team were friendly as well as having plenty of helpful suggestions for our wider plans. They were happy to engage with our young, curious children and their great interest in the project. Tidiness of the site at all stages during the project was particularly commendable.

You and your team also provided helpful recommendations for a few other trades people, which we appreciated. In no particular order, I think we had electricians, a locksmith, insulation installers, a plumber and a number of painters on site at the same time as your team. Your team demonstrated that they could work well with the schedule of others.

You knew that, being additions to the exterior, most parts of the verandah are on show. So you were very careful to have excellent attention to detail. We receive compliments about the end product continuously. As the building inspector said to us, when he passed our code of compliance inspection on the first visit, the verandah looks as though it has always been there. Further, the front bedroom is cosier and we’re still enjoying the novelty of having two sash windows that actually operate.

Oliver and I truly appreciate your care that you delivered what we were after. We would be happy to work with you again in future and to give a verbal reference to any of your future clients. They are welcome to call me on 021 521 299.

R M Devine
Mt Eden


We have worked with John on two home renovations over the past 12 years, and recommended him happily to friends and neighbours. We have always been more than pleased with the results. He can take either architects’ plans or vague home-owner sketches and make them work, maximising the results for the budget. John always solves problems creatively and anticipates likely trouble-spots, runs a very professional crew and has built up great relationships for suppliers for special or unusual materials. He has a good eye for design, which means you know you are getting a design that is buildable and works. We would be happy to supply further testimonials.

Catherine and Greig
Birkenhead Point.


John and his wife Essie are a great team. First of all they are honest, and Essie is prompt and accurate on the accounts. John is a very capable and versatile builder, he keeps the job moving and always has the solutions to that whole range of little issues and problems that arise on big alteration jobs.

He also has access to a good group of sub trades who come when needed and he employs competent staff. Most of all he's a good bloke. Phone me on 0274 534099 if you want a verbal reference.

Bill Davies


I have had the pleasure of having John Cole Builders doing the renovation and extension of my previous house in Western Springs. John kept us informed on progress and expenses and kept within the budget and time frame. John is very experienced and it shows. His eye for detail, planning and knows what works - and does not work, is fantastic. He is pleasant and well mannered. I highly recommend John Cole Builders and am going to use them again for the renovations of my new home.

Henrik Rylev
Herne Bay


I found working with John and Essie a wonderful relief after wading my way through a number of 'cowboys' in the process of reconfiguring my house and getting all the maintenance, that had been horribly neglected over the years, corrected.

John and his team are friendly, reliable, flexible, and considerate and all their work is of a consistently high standard, as well as quick, efficient and honestly priced.
I fully expect that deck to outlast the entire neighbourhood, not just the house :-)

Not only was John happy to take on the 'bigger' project but has been a wonderful support in returning to complete smaller jobs when I was able to afford them.
I would wholeheartedly recommend working with John and Essie on any renovation and/or building work you need completed. It's not just the fact that they do what they say they will and to a high professional standard, it’s also the way their team maintains an atmosphere of good humour, empathy and understanding with you in your home.

Ruth Jones
Kingsland


We asked J Cole Builders to build us a closed in porch at our back door - it has turned out much better than we expected! It's more like an extra room, complete with covered landing.

It adds value to our house, adds extra room and looks great.

We thought it was a small job, but really it is a small house - it still has four walls, a roof, guttering, door, covered landing and stairs.

The job started on time and John and his team were great coming up with ideas to improve on the plans we already had. They also worked well with council, so we had no problem receiving our Code of Compliance soon after the job was finished.

J Cole Builders are also very trustworthy - we had no problem leaving them a key to the house while we were at work.

We would use them again for any building work we might have in the future.

Jakki
Western Springs


John Cole is a very experienced builder who can do anything and raises all the options available to maximize the choices available and increases the level of satisfaction. He makes it all look so effortless and is happy to adjust when you have changed your mind. I will and often do recommend him, like I did for a major renovation of my sisters' house in Herne Bay. Great job with a fantastic finish!

Salesi Lelaulu


l have known John Cole of J Cole Builders for over 20 years and have used him on many occasions while renovating a two story villa in Hamilton Rd, Herne Bay. More recently I have used him in a drafting capacity, as well as dealing with Auckland City Council obtaining building and resource consents. I have no trouble in recommending his services in these areas as he is very professional, honest and knowledgeable as a builder and draftsman. My contact details: Svein Sandoy - Mobile 02102281471

Svein Sandoy
Mt Eden


Throughout the whole renovation process on our family home, John and his team @ J Cole Builders were professional, on time, on budget and very approachable. We really appreciated John’s honesty around our building project which helped decision making that much easier. We would have no hesitation to use him again and will always refer him onto friends and relatives as his workmanship speaks for itself.

Joanna & Philip Nua
Pt Chevalier


I had John Cole Builders do some renovation and alterations to my house in Mt Albert. John kept us informed on progress and expenses and kept well within the budget and time frame, to the point that we had room financially to include extra work which we had not originally planned for. John is very experienced and came up with solutions that worked extremely well and the end result was fantastic, definitely added value to our home. The extra little details that make for a very professional result shows in all aspects of the final result. John and his staff are pleasant and well mannered and great to work with. I highly recommend John Cole Builders and I will definitely use them again for any future alterations.

Ken Hargraves
Morningside


We were very impressed with John's work at our house in Ponsonby. He restored an original bedroom that had been opened out into the lounge, and was happy to work with reclaimed doors that I sourced, even taking a kauri door to be stripped of old paint.

We also had John install built-in wardrobes in all three bedrooms. He made some suggestions to the design which helped them blend in with the character of the house and they look as if they've always been there.

He was also very helpful organising subcontractors to plaster and paint. We certainly recommend him and his team to anyone who wants their house rennovated with care and attention.

Al Webb
Ponsonby


We would recommend John to anyone looking to get a solid renovation done at a reasonable price. For our renovation, we had a limited budget and short timeframe and John was extremely helpful in identifying the best things on which to spend our money (without cutting the quality). He was also very good at providing practical advice in the design stage which helped with getting the Council to approve the plans the first time they were submitted. We ended up with a renovation that we are extremely happy with, all done within our timeframe and at a reasonable cost.

Tim Hamilton
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