Christchurch Builders


christchurch home builder3JMI Construction are local Christchurch builders servicing Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region. Specialising in new home builds and renovations the team at JMI Construction have established a solid track record in achieving top quality results when tackling even the most challenging construction projects and renovations.

As Registered Master Builders and Licensed Building Practitioners, JMI Construction are able to provide the much desired assurance of being certified builders. Quality workmanship, top notch customer service and an attention to detail are just a few of benefits you’ll receive when working with a certified builder.

Whether renovating an existing home, building a practical first home, architecturally designed masterpiece or large family home with room for all the kids, JMI Construction should be at the top of your preferred building company list. Over the years we have built strong relationships with a handpicked selection of sub-contractors who are able to consistently provide reliable results to the highest standards. In addition to our fantastic subcontractors our background in architectural design allows us to see beyond the bricks and mortar and fully comprehend the complexities of the construction process. The end result – a top quality new build or renovation completed on time and most importantly on budget.

Building In Christchurch

The most recent defining moments in the history of Christchurch’s building industry has been the earthquakes. Building in Christchurch in the post-quake environment faces many unique challenges; geo tech, engineers and builders reports have become a necessity, architects have a new rules and regulations to consider and businesses providing trade services like tiling, scaffolding and house lifting have boomed creating skill and material shortages.

One of today’s biggest complications when building in Christchurch are the very obvious changes to the ground that we now build on. Liquefaction, subsidence and unstable hillsides to name just a few have become major factors when preparing to build or renovate.

Many parts of lower lying river side areas like Avonside, Bexley, Dalington, Avondale and Burwood have become unsafe to build upon without severe land remediation. The remaining housing in these areas and beyond are subject to an increased focus on foundation and geotech requirements along with potential flooding issues.

Hilltop suburbs in the Port Hills like Mount Pleasant, Redcliffs and Cashmere Hills face their own set of extenuating circumstances; steep hillsides, restricted access and high winds all add to the difficulty of the build process.

Coastal suburbs like Ferrymead, Sumner, Lyttleton and New Brighton although having suffered greatly throughout the earthquakes with liquefaction being a major issue have shown resilience and strength with increasing rebuild and renovation activity within their borders.

The city centre redevelopment as laid out by the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan has led to repurposing central city space into specific precincts housing different industry sectors. The expected return of businesses to central city locations is set to drive the need for inner city living options. The “East Frame” has been designated for providing more compact central city housing options like apartments and townhouses.

Outlying suburbs like Halswell, Hornby and out towards the Christchurch International Airport have experienced a growth surge as people have naturally migrated inland. Christchurch construction companies have completed many new construction projects both commercial and residential in these areas, with many still underway.

Further afield in the Selwyn district to the South West of Christchurch city, an explosion of new home builds is occurring in Rolleston, West Melton, Prebbleton and Lincoln. With available land seen as more “stable” it is snapped up hastily for all types of new home builds. Population growth in Selwyn is expected to double over the coming years.

To the North across the Waimakariri River, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend and the relatively new settlement of Pegasus are also experiencing huge growth, with new developments and subdivisions providing the necessary land for substantial increases in new home builds.

Changes To The Way We Build Post Quake

The ramifications of the Christchurch earthquakes have been immense within the building industry and extend beyond the immediately obvious changes in the Christchurch landscape. Stringent post-quake re-build regulations and requirements have been put in place to future proof buildings not only in the Christchurch and Canterbury region but for the whole of New Zealand.

Following the changes in regulatory requirements, there has been an increased focus on The Building Code which has seen a shift towards an increase in accountability and consequences associated with building materials, meeting budgets and targeted delivery timeframes.

Here at JMI Construction we have chosen to place emphasis not only on meeting regulatory requirements but consistently delivering results above and beyond – creating better, more resilient homes for the future.