Testimonials - Swish Builders

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Our old house was on the same hill site where our new Swish home now sits! A rebuild being necessary courtesy of the effects of earthquakes and the insurance process. The old place was demolished in August 2016.

From the get go Willy and Duncan Cartwright (building designer at Whitebox) came across as being professional, efficient and honest about the process we were about to undertake. Throughout the build the ‘A’ Team (Alan, Andrew and Arran!!) were responsible and accessible. Our questions about the build never seemed too much trouble to answer.

All the sub-contractors Willy used were high quality. Attention to detail ran throughout every part of the process. For those working on the ‘project’ there always seemed to be the consideration that this was our home and not a routine job.

We have now been in our house about 9 months and are finding the new home encompasses the best of all worlds – a modern home with character and warmth. Therefore we would have no hesitation in recommending Swish Builders.
Thanks for the journey Willy and best wishes to all at Swish for the future.

P.S. The dog next door also now has a Swish new kennel with the unwanted off cuts from the build…does he realise how lucky he is?!

David Brian & Ann Richards


After the Earthquakes our 1930’s home was a mess and after a first attempt to repair failed our Insurance company decided to give us a rebuild.  We retained the same Architect that we had been given for the original house repairs and were very happy with the design drawings they produced. But we now needed a Builder.

It was suggested to us that we use a building company called SWISH. We decided to take them on. That decision was one of best and most important we have ever made. It became easy from the sign up. Willy and his very professional team of tradesmen took over the project , all the time keeping us up to date on progress and the odd delay (usually weather).

We can be very fussy but could not find fault with any of their workmanship and the result is a magnificent home that we and I am sure they are justly proud of.

If you want a stress free easy build high quality home built, then Willy and his team at SWISH are for you. We found them a pleasure to work with.

Joy & John McCaskey


Our journey with Swish Builders began when we met Willy Thomson on site of our very quake damaged, yet-to-be demolished property on the lower slopes of Huntsbury Hill. This meeting would set the tone for all of our dealings with Swish. Our site certainly has its difficulties, but Willy’s enthusiasm, can-do attitude and hunger for a challenge were refreshing, and are indicative of the way he leads Swish Builders, and of the way a Swish build is carried out. We didn’t look back.

Once the build was in design stage, Willy was able to put us into contact with an architect (Kate Ginders of Ginders Architecture Ltd) who was an excellent match for what we wanted to achieve. An open, communicative relationship between us, Willy and the Swish team, and Kate, was naturally established and became central to our build. We believe it is this which contributes most strongly to its overall success. From design stages and throughout the build a strong cohesion was maintained due to extremely effective communication and management.

Visiting the Swish building site was always a pleasure, whether planned or unannounced. These are professional, skilled craftspeople who take tremendous pride in their work, and who demand that same level of excellence and accountability from all those who happen to be on site on any given day.

Our build commenced in October 2014 and was completed in June 2015 – on time, on budget, and with a level of care and attention to detail which we had always noticed, but appreciate more as we live in our house. Willy and his team at Swish genuinely care about building exceptional homes because, we believe, that they also see beyond the house itself and into the heart of it – that people are going to live here and that they want to live well, in a home which suits them and their lifestyle.

In short, Swish Builders deliver, and we have no hesitations in recommending them to any prospective clients.

Hollie and Liam Summers, Ramahana Road


We would like to commend Swish Builders who built our new home in 2012.

Our building project was completed on time, on budget and the workmanship was of the highest quality.

On our regular visits the site was always tidy and organised and it was obvious that they were a very professional group of people who took enormous pride in the project.

We found the whole Swish team very easy to communicate and work with.

It would be no exaggeration to say that in all matters Swish Builders exceeded our expectations.

Based on our experience we would have no hesitation in recommending Swish Builders. They would be our first choice for any other building project we undertake.

Sue & Mark Teague


In 2007 we commissioned Swish Builders Ltd to build our house at 4 The Terrace, Mount Pleasant, Christchurch.

We cannot speak highly enough of the professionalism and standard of workmanship we received from Willy and his team.

In 2006 Annoushka and I were living in a house we built at 16 The Terrace when Willy built 9 The Terrace directly opposite us. This gave us many months through an appalling winter to watch first hand as he built this house.
Needless to say it was very simple deciding who would build our next house.

Willy started for us in October 2007. Progress was quick and seamless. I had chosen to project manage this house and as I have no building background I came to rely heavily on Willy’s expertise, competence and above all patience.

Our house is a 350 metre square two story house built on a slope requiring extensive excavation.
Downstairs is a white tilt slab concrete box style construction cantilevered at the front to give a floating look.
Upstairs is a black timber, high stud, open plan, all very modern yet very much a home.

Being architecturally designed and a hill site always present challenges. Swish Builders never faltered, did the job within the allotted time frame to an exceptional standard.
Almost a year living here, and there are no creaks, leaks or any other issues associated with building in a high wind zone.

We recommended Willy to a friend who is equally delighted with the outcome of his project and plans to use him again soon as do we when the next house project comes along.

Brendon Clarke and Annoushka Paynter


To whom it may concern:

In April 2009 we engaged Swish Builders Ltd. to build our new home at 129 Puriri Street, Christchurch. Prior to engaging Swish Builders, we sought the opinion of professionals within the building industry and persons we knew who had recent experience of having a new home built. We viewed several works in progress and homes recently completed. Our decision to engage Swish Builders was based on these observations and discussions. William Thomson the principal of Swish Builders Ltd., also impressed us with his honest and professional approach to our project.

The build time was approximately eleven months during which time we were kept informed of progress, consulted regularly and as necessary. The build progressed in an orderly professional manner with impressive attention to detail making the process a pleasurable experience for us. We found William and his team always approachable and concerned that our needs were being met. Chris Wilson, Wilson & Hill Architects Ltd., designed the house and William maintained an excellent working relationship with the architect and engineer throughout the build.

The final inspection of our house was carried prior to the 4th September 2010 earthquake. The Christchurch City Council then carried out a second final inspection post earthquake before issue of the `Compliance Certificate’. Both inspections were thorough and comprehensive and it is testament to the design and construction of the house that it withstood the rigours of the earthquake with no problem or fault.

The completed house is everything we wanted and expected it to be. We have no hesitation or reservation in recommending William Thomson and Swish Builders Ltd. to anyone contemplating building.

Ken & Janet Brown


Swish Builders were recommended to me by architects, White Box Productions.

Contracted to build a bio pool, retro fit inside/outside living spaces, bathroom and bedroom, they also managed all the CCC compliances.

Am so grateful to have had Swish Builders undertake the work and Willy Thomson – the Director, manage the project – particularly during the challenging Christchurch Earthquake period.

Willy’s positive, enthusiastic manner, regular communication, understanding of customer service, high standards, attention to detail, gave me confidence in the process and their ability.

They were willing to accommodate tight deadlines, modifications and extra duties along the way, which was very kind and helpful. I even managed to go on holiday during the project knowing that the work was in safe hands.

If you are looking for honest, on budget, on time, quality driven professionals who are fun to work with, then I can – without hesitation – recommend the workmanship and values of Swish Builders LTD.

Suzi McAllister

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