What Our Clients Say About Us…


It is without hesitation that we endorse Home Trends Builders Ltd to prospective buyers seeking excellence in design construction and finish.

Mid 2020 we decided to relocate to Christchurch and after researching properties for sale on line via the usual channels we set off to Christchurch to check out if our short list of properties did in fact satisfy our requirements.

One property that we were attracted to was a development by Home Trends Builders Ltd. However, before we departed for Christchurch we received confirmation that the property had been sold. Peter de Gouw of HTB suggested that as we planned to be in Christchurch he would show us that property to get a feel of the ambience and then visit a new development underway in Merivale.

From the moment that we stepped into HTB’s office and met with Peter, Elaine and Lonnae we both had a good feeling about HTB. We were presented with detailed plans and specifications and pricing of the Merivale development. Over coffee Peter took time to walk us through the plans and address our many questions. Prior to a site visit that confirmed that HTB was a professional organization.

We elected to proceed to purchase “off the plan” a townhouse in the Merivale development. The contract and agreed specifications were fully documented, variation requests were handled promptly and the build completed on time. Through the process Peter’s excellent communication made for a positive experience.

Final inspection confirmed we had purchased a quality build with attention to detail and finish by the professional HTB team.

Warmest regards

Mark and Margaret


Winning a Gold Award at the 2018 Canterbury House of the Year awards was the icing on the cake for our 233 sqm townhouse built by Home Trends Builders.

The design and craftsmanship were second to none, the process was enjoyable, on time and on budget.  Communication was key to the process and the Team at Home Trends excelled in this area.  It’s an absolute pleasure to wake up every day to be enlightened where we both share the pleasure of our new home.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Home Trends as a partner in any building project.  Thank you, Home Trends, for inspiring us to think outside the square, challenging us and building the house of our dreams.

Andrea Goodsir and Peter Kearney


As expats we searched throughout NZ for a new home that would meet our exacting specifications. Our search identified a new build in Merivale, undertaken by Home Trends Builders Ltd, a well credentialed and long-established Canterbury builder with an enviable track record for the quality of their projects (including multi-awards from the Registered Master Builders Assoc. Canterbury). Our initial discussions with Home Trends owners, Peter and Elaine de Gouw were reassuring so we decided to purchase off-the-plan. Coming early into the build enabled us to make variations to fit our specific requirements. Nothing was too difficult for Home Trends (even though we were offshore buyers). The house was completed on time. Our expectations were exceeded and we are delighted with the stunning modern design and superior build quality – an outstanding new home to be proud of. Throughout the construction process, Home Trends were accommodating of our changing requirements, their professionalism, passion and focus on an exemplary product was displayed throughout. Peter and Elaine de Gouw and the team at Home Trends Builders Ltd are to be congratulated for a smooth, client centered build process and a superior build outcome. Highly recommended to prospective clients.

Jane and Peter Crisp


“There wouldn’t be many companies that could claim to be able to deliver a new build spot on budget and hand over on exactly the date they said before the build started, but the team at Home Trends achieved this. Pete and Elaine De Gouw have a fantastic team working with them. Communication was always fantastic and no question or change request was a problem. We are extremely happy with our new home and could not recommend the team at Home Trends Builders highly enough”


Melissa & Darren


In mid 2013 we began the process of looking for a builder to build our new home. We had some specific requirements for the house and produced our own design which we showed to all the main builders who showed varying degrees of interest. We were then told of Peter de Gouw and Home Trends Builders Ltd by a former client of Peter’s.

Immediately on meeting Peter we were made to feel welcome and quickly relaxed into what would become a very open and relaxed relationship all the way through the build. Peter was happy to accommodate our needs, gave us good advice and remained flexible all the way through the build from start to finish.

The standard of workmanship was high with no major dramas either during the build or after. This is the third time we have built a house and it was by far the best experience we have had. I whole-heartedly recommend Home Trends Builders Ltd.”



Hello Peter,

Thank you for putting me onto Terri and Alan when I asked about renovating our upstairs exterior at Kennedys Bush Road

A fantastic couple that listened and then advised. Then your Team arrived and we have to say, we are impressed again with their workmanship and energy.

My darling wife Marilyn came home today and I am having trouble wiping the smile off her face, she is just over the moon with the finish to date.

Thank you so much Peter, it makes for a great reward to know that we can enjoy top service and workmanship from others as we both pride ourselves in giving the same to our clients. Already I have passed on Alan and Terrie’s contact to a gentleman looking for a top notch Builder. 

Its great to have your brand on our fence. We do recommend Home Trends Builders Ltd

Thanks heaps

Linds and Marilyn 


Don’t let this one get away.

The Mews development on Mandeville Street was a chance meeting. The location and size was right. I wanted my own space with intelligent layout and functionality for my life style and the clincher was that while I “bought off the plan” I could have input into the finished product through the build process.

A sense of trust was an important component of the building process. Home Trends Builders Ltd provided excellent on site management that was accessible and proactive in liaising on individual matters and site activities generally. Their team was well mannered, considerate and eager to assist with tasks. And delivered champagne when I moved in!

Home Trends Builders Ltd made the process easy, enjoyable and problem-free. I can truly recommend them.

And I have a home that reflects my tastes and lifestyle and feels warm and still. I’m glad I didn’t let this one get away”.



Due to our previous home being ‘Red Zoned’ we chose to build a new home as a self managed rebuild. This was a fairly long process of dealing with Insurance and Southern Responses, which is how Pete became involved.

I approached Pete for advice through the Insurance process which was forthcoming and greatly appreciated hence our choice in Builder.

Once we were underway building ‘Home Trends’ foreman was our first point of contact which worked well. The build went to plan with no major hitches and was completed within a fantastic time frame. Nothing was a problem and the end result was just great.

Pete and his team have done a wonderful job and we are very pleased with our new home.

We would have no hesitation in recommending ‘Home Trends Builders Ltd‘”.

Stephanie & Mark 


Hello Peter

“Rex and I just want to let you know how happy we are with our  home and with the great standard of work.  With it being well over a year we are more than happy and very grateful when you hear all the horror stories out there.  We found the building experience seamless.  Big thank you”.

Lorraine Green


I am delighted to write a testimonial for Home Trends Builders Ltd who (in conjunction with our Insurance Coy) were chosen to undertake the repairs at our home in Dallington.

When approval to proceed was given – the value exceeding over $250,000 – a significant amount of work was needed to repair our home including the repair of our foundations – this necessitating the complete removal of all furniture and flooring and fittings from our house.

The Project Manager was in regular communication with us in regards to the work being undertaken and its progress, discussing any issues and requesting information from us on matters such as colours for painting, decking and so on.

More importantly, I have been very impressed with the Company’s reliability and the quality of work that has been undertaken by the staff of Home Trends Builders Ltd. The tradesmen who were contracted to do work such as painting, electrical and the like also produced work of very good quality.

The time frame for returning to our home was scheduled to be 22 weeks and I was delighted by the news that our home will be ready for our return in 20 weeks – that is two weeks early! Overall, a great job has been done by the builder who has a good team of passionate workers who care about the quality of their work!”

Mike & Brigitta


Let me begin by saying that Home Trends Builders Ltd did a fabulous job on our Fletchers/EQR repairs.  Apart from redecorating the entire downstairs, Home Trends Builders Ltd needed to re-level a kitchen floor and address cracked exterior Summerhill stone cladding.  

Before the repairs took place, they developed a project plan for us, using the EQR scope of works and our own commitments to finalise a date for completion of all the work.  The project management was brilliant!.  Although surprises did occur (as they always do with any building project) Home Trends Builders Ltd were able to quickly adjust their plan, bring in skilled staff as required: fast, efficient, responsive, flexible, quality and cost conscious.  

Now that the EQR repairs are done, I would not hesitate to contact them again for future redecoration or building work.  Truly, a first-rate company.”

cheers Jan


I have recently had Home Trends Builders Ltd do the earthquake repairs on my property and I found them to be easy to work with and they did a great job.  Alan, the Project Manager kept me well informed during the process and fitted in the extra renovation work I wanted done along with the repairs with no problems at all.  

I would recommend Home Trends Builders Ltd to anyone wanting to repair or renovation work as well as building a new home”

Bill Peoples


I am writing to thank you for the repair job you have recently completed at our home.

After a frustrating time dealing with EQC our job was finally handed to our insurance company.

From the time your company secured the contract until it was completed we were extremely impressed with the communication between all parties. We were kept fully in the loop all along the way and knew at what stage the repair was at all times.

Your thoroughness has ensured that the end result is amazing. The house is now restored to its former glory and looks stunning.

We have heard so many bad stories of shoddy work and shortcuts so were relieved to have a company such as yours completing our job.

We would recommend Home Trends Builders Ltd to anyone as you  worked like true professionals and always had our interests at heart. Thank you Alan for keeping it all moving along and staying in touch with us at every stage.

Once again thank you for all you did and we are very happy to be contacted by any potential clients as you truly did exceed our expectations.

Cheers and thanks

Paul and Helen 


We were a little apprehensive at first about the prospect of the building process but the team at Home Trends Builders couldn’t have made the journey smoother. From the day we purchased off the plans Peter’s communication and reassurance were without fail.

The team went above and beyond to ensure our timely move-in. A special thanks to our site foreman for keeping us sane and laughing during what traditionally can be a very stressful time. Thank you Home Trends Builders – we love our new home.

Deb and Rod


Home Trends Builders built us a beautiful and high quality home.  They take pride in their work and we regularly get positive comments from our friends.  They kept us informed during the building process, delivered what was promised and on time and nothing was too much trouble.

Overall a first class home from a first class building company.

Dave and Denise 


We are delighted with our new Home Trends townhouse.  The open-plan living area is sunny, stylish and functional.  The kitchen is a joy to work in with plenty of drawers and a convenient pantry.  Upstairs, the bedrooms are spacious with generous storage and the lake view from the master bedroom is a wonderfully serene way to wake up each morning.  Thank you to Pete and the team.

Pete and Jude


It is my pleasure to supply a reference for Home Trends Builders Ltd after the completion of my new home.

From the start Peter and his team from Home Trends Builders presented themselves in a professional and respectful manner which comes from being leaders in their industry for such a long time.

They maintained excellent communication and regular site meetings with us throughout the construction and completion phases raising issues, providing advice and making suggestions all of which were very much appreciated.

Their attention to detail and their supervision of the sub-contractors ensured a high quality finish.

We have no hesitation in recommending the Home Trends team for both their building and project management skills. This was my third home built by the team and they delivered exactly what was promised on time and within budget every time.



Thank you so much for your lovely job. Really enjoy it. Will be happy to recommend you guys.

Best Regards,

Su Ling Shih



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