Meet Your Team 2018-03-21T09:41:43+12:00

World-Class Residential
Building Expertise

Our solid reputation as a residential building company is complemented by the commercial work we’ve successfully completed as sister company Ninox Construction. We’re proud to have delivered exceptional builds, including iconic Wellington buildings and substantial private home improvements.

Our involvement in many types of commercial and residential building projects gives us the flexibility to help you create your perfect home. A major strength of our residential building company, Design & Build Homes, is meeting tight deadlines while never compromising on quality.

About Your Team

As a husband and wife-owned and operated residential building business, we bring a unique perspective to your project. We truly understand the pressures involved, and our approach is changing the landscape of home building in Wellington.

What we know is that we can design and build your new home to your specifications for an off-the-plan price. That means you don’t have to pre-select someone else’s design, but you truly get free rein to create the home of your dreams!

Design & Build Homes is giving Wellington home seekers better and smarter options to create their ideal homes.

Quality Team of High Performers

Every member of our residential building team is specifically chosen, from our apprentices through to our carpenters and leading hands.

Our apprentices are top performers from premium institutes, and they deliver quality results under careful guidance.

Our carpenters have experience on commercial and residential sites, giving them the knowledge and expertise to make smart decisions.

Our leading hands have risen through the ranks and earned their stripes and our respect. They always have a solution at the ready – because that’s what you want.


General Manager

Craig started in construction over 25 years ago as a keen apprentice and never looked back. Working his way up through the ranks, in the 1990s he delivered iconic and budget-critical projects including Te Papa, the Beehive and Parliament Buildings along with high-end commercial builds.

More than 10 years ago, Craig started Ninox Construction; an acclaimed commercial contracting firm that now regularly employs a crew of more than 50 people.

Managing Director

Melissa brings a clear focus to your build. She’s a smart operator with a wealth of negotiating experience that helps make more of your budget every step of the way.

Melissa is also qualified in environmental science with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate Diploma in Science in the subjects of ecology and biodiversity.


We partner with top Wellington architectural firms that have a reputation for delivering design-led quality, affordability and sustainability for residential and commercial new builds.

Together we complete all pre-design services, including site analysis, feasibility studies, planning rules and constraints, title covenants and easements affecting the site, following the seven stages of architectural services as specified by the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Explore Recent Builds

Get inspired by exploring some examples of our recent builds. We’ll design and custom build your home at an off-the-plan price, while ensuring a high-quality outcome.