Testimonials / What our CLIENTS say...

We are proud of the great work we have done.  But don't just take our word for it. Here's what our clients had to say about us.



We had HAMR Home Building Contractors build a new retirement home for us, in 2017.  This house won several awards from Master Builders in the Auckland region, in 2019.  That award confirmed our view that the quality of the work completed by Rich and all his team and sub-contractors was excellent. 


During the build we continued to live in Hamilton so the electronic service he used to keep us informed was critical.  We visited the site from time to time.  We must say, upon reflection and having seen other homes built in Whitianga since we got here, that HAMR Homes stayed on the job until it was completed.  This was important to us as we wanted to get into our new home as soon as possible. 


In addition, the follow-up service, looking after any questions or issues we had has been very impressive.  Rich has answered us and helped us very promptly all the way.


We have often remarked to each other that we would have them build again for us if that were required.  Hence we have no hesitation in commending them to any prospective purchaser.


Richard and Gini  



Managing a building project from the other side of the world (Luxembourg) was made very easy by HAMR.  Having acquired the section on Aquila Drive from a  good friend we were always intending on building the house to serve the joint purpose of rental investment and long-term personal use (when we eventually bring the family back to gods own).  Once Richard understood this joint obvectives he was very helpful in designing an appropriate plan.  The design was elegnt yet practical and it has, with the passage of time, proved to be a winner with offering 5 bedrooms, 2 living areas ( to make best use of the views and sun's trajectory) to the tourist/beach holiday demand that is undersupplied in Whitianga.  The demand for the house (via Bachcare) has well exceeded expectation.  


HAMR managed the enitre process from design, planning application, the build and all decorating, furnishings and fitting out ready to rent.  The budget was sensible and was achieved (also within projected time frames).


It was very helpful to have Hannah take care of all the furnishing, fittings and outside areas.  The end result was a house ready to be rented out to the tourist and beach holiday people in November 2017.  Hannah and Richard have continued to provide help and support when needed since then with managing the few maintenance items (always get a few items with a house this big and being rented), gardens and house washing.  


We only get positive feedback on the quality of the house and its layout from those who enjoy staying there.  It was 18months before I got to see the finished result and was very impressed with the place ..... I am contemplating another similar project in the coming years and will definately use HAMR.  


I am very happy to provide a reference for HAMR and happy to have discussion with a potential user of HAMR services (tony@whiteman.lu).



Tony Whiteman  



We were so lucky to work with HAMR Home on our first home!  HAMR Home were brilliant to work with; we had such a smooth process from start to finish.  We already had established a working history with Richard and Hannah, and HAMR Homes; they had built some of our designs through our architecture business.  Even a showhome for HAMR Homes, which was beautiful and a true representation of the quality building that we went on to receive.  So it was a natural choice to use them for our own home. 


From the beginning of the contract they were very professional and thorough.  We made a couple of amendments during the construction, typical, but still, a bit of a curve ball....!  However, Richard received the news with a positive manner.  Never making us feel like it was a hassle at all.  Quite the opposite, he was so accommodating and ready to move forward with those amendmnets.  The completed project was properly completed, with Code of Compliance achieved prior to handover.  We were so impressed with our new home, which we have now lived in for two years.  The house has seen a few seasons now, including a few storms, it's so sturdy and strong.  It still looks as beautiful as the day we moved in, even better with time as our gardens are no complimenting the house.  Our house was entered into Master Builders House of The Year 2018, this was such a fabulous experience for us and even better when it won a gold for it's category!!  Definitely an endoresement of the amazing workmanship that we received from HAMR Home for our house.


The HAMR Home team is a great group of builders.  They are switched on; absolutely committed to each project and using their skills and craftsmanship to set their finished homes in a league of their own.  Hannah and Richard are good, honest people.  They are both great at communicating, and we felt so confidant that all would go well from the beginning, and it certainly did.  We now call Richard and Hannah our friends, which is a huge accolade considering some horror stories you hear of client / builder relationships!  Our friendship is a testimony to their characters and how well the process went for us.  We recommend HAMR Home to anyone wanting a seamless construction process and a beautiful, well constructed building at completion"


Kirstin and Matt



"Testimonial - Engagement of HAMR Home Ltd

In May 2015 we sought quotations from construction firms in Whitianga, to build an Architecturally designed single level home of circa 310m2, canalside in the Whitianga waterways.


Richard and Hannah Warwick presented the most detailed / descriptive and cost effective proposals to construct the home, on a "full contract" basis, struck up a business relationship with Dan O'Connor our Architect at an early stage and both interpreted and enhanced the designs in a creative and helpful manner. 


We have a home that we are fully satisfied with and Richard and Hannah and their very competent sub trades in drainage / plumbing, interior fittings, electrical, concreting, have all done a job that they can rightfully be proud of. 


The home came in at around their budgeted price to us and at all times Richard was attentive to our requirments and changes and was professional in every respect.


We are pleased to recommend HAMR Home to anyone looking for a home which exudes quality in construction in every respect and whose Principals are engaging and passionate about what they do."


Fiona and Graham



"My husband Heaton and I would definately be very happy to recommend Richard Warwick for any building project you wish to undertake.  The HAMR Home Team have just recently built our new home, I don't think it was the easiest of houses to build but we never ever saw a problem even though there must have been some at times.  Richard and his team of builders are of the highest calibre, professional, honest up front and absolute craftsmen a real pleasure to employ." 


Raukawa and Heaton



Dear Rich and Hannah,


Wow, what can we say, how fantasstic that our house has taken both awards at the Master Builders House of the Year 2014, both the Regional and the National.  We just want to say how appreciative we are of the effort you put into building us such a beautiful home and for making the whole building process such an enjoyable experience.  


You took ownership and your enthusiasm from the time you received our plans, to the day you handed over the keys never faltered.  Your input into ways to build our home within our budget, without compromising the quality of the build was really appreciated.  


The fact that we did not live in Whitianga was never an issue.  You kept us well informed on all facets of the build, and finished our home within the allocated time frame.  To carry on running our business in Rotorua with only 4-6 weekly site visits was an added bonus.  


To your team, Neil, Dan and Karl and all your subcontractors that built us our home, our dream is now reality and we love it, thank you all so much for a job well done.


Shirley and Allan Springer



It is with much pleasure I  write  this testimonial.

Our initial plan was to purchase rather than build as we, are aware of so many “hair raising” stories some have  experienced when building.  Plan  A was shelved and we went for Plan B and decided to build and selected Richard Warwick/HAMR Homes.

Richards passion and commitment for building was very evident throughout.  He is extremely particular in every detail, is well organised, innovative, courteous and is a very good,  communicator and is thoroughly trustworthy.  Nothing was ever a problem.


Importantly we found Richard has a good working relationship with  his sub-contractors.  We are extremely pleased with the quality of workmanship Richard and his team produced.-as evidenced by the many favourable comments we have received. 


The project was completed on time without any surprises and without a cross word.  At completion, a Code of Compliance Certificate was issued without any requisitions.  Richards wife, Hannah supplied the blinds, who also did a very professional job, and again we were delighted with the result.  The project has been a very enjoyable experience.


We have no hesitation in recommending Richard Warwick/HAMR Homes to any prospective customer requiring a quality job, and would be happy to discuss further if requested.


Garry and Pauline Madill

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"We have found Richard and Hannah from HAMR Home very helpful all the way through our building process.  Richard's quotes were very detailed and we could see where the extra options were.  Richard had some very good ideas along the way which we could consider.  Richard and his staff's workmanship are to a very high standard and we are very happy with the detail and finish.  Hannah was very prompt with the paper work and both always responded promptly to queries.  We would be very happy to recommend HAMR Home to any prospective clients."


Walter and Anita


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Based on a recommendation we contacted Richard and Hannah at Hamr Home to undertake the reclad and renovation of our home in Whitianga.  Richard and the team were professional, positive, friendly and capable. If there were any problems during the build, we never got to hear of them. The project was completed without a hitch with great results.

Richard was very focused on achieving a quality finished result, and took the time to explain why he was recommending one choice of building process or material over another. Neil, Gareth, Dan and Karl were likewise helpful whenever we had questions or wished for advice, and Hannah was very helpful with the paperwork.

We have since undertaken another building project and used Hamr Homes, and have no hesitation in recommending them to prospective clients.



Suzanne and Grant Fisher

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"It was Placemakers that recommended Rich Warwick from HAMR Home to us. We had just purchased the ‘worst house in the street’ and were looking for a builder to give it a real makeover. We met up with Rich and found him professional and courteous. His quote arrived a few days later and we gave him the go-ahead. We were very impressed with his work ethic, the high calibre of his workmanship and the way he calls a spade a spade! There were no hidden surprises with his accounts – he was very transparent and honest with us at all times. We have since used Rich and his team many times to do work for us and we don’t even bother with quotes anymore – we trust him implicitly. We’d have no hesitation in recommending Rich and his team to any prospective customer. PS. Rich’s wife Hannah did a very impressive job with our window coverings, too!"


Greg and Margaret

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"We at OCEANSIDE MOTEL, WHITIANGA, found HAMR Home to be extremely reliable and professional at all times.


Richard was innovative and committed to achieving the new look for our business and completing it on time and on budget. He was highly organised, presenting us with a time frame of tasks and subcontractors to be on site which was strictly adhered to and we could rely on him to keep a good dialogue going with both ourselves and the other sub-contractors. He ran a good team and a tidy job. Richard and Hannah also measured up and fitted all our Venetian and Block-out Roller blinds with the follow-up service being exemplary. We would have no hesitation in recommending this highly proficient team to anyone and will certainly be calling on them again for future projects."


Chris and Rhonda

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"We acted as Project Manager for a large architectural home in Matarangi with Richard Warwick / Rod Percival Builders during 2008/2009. The contract was approximately 13 months in duration, a project value of $2,400,000 and a client that demanded an exceptionally high level of detail and finish. This required extensive coordination by the Main Contractor with over 20 specialist sub-trades and several consultants.


Richard Warwick (as our primary contact on site as foreman) and his team delivered the house within the project’s deadlines and met the quality level in all areas. However, over and above the outcome, we believe that the dedication, organisation and communication during the contract period ensured a hassle free delivery.


The key strengths of Richard Warwick in relation to supervising high quality construction are:
1. High level of organisation including meeting schedules, key issue reporting and financial updates.
2. Effective programing and anticipation of key items to maintain the project’s critical path.
3. A fully consolidated construction team dedicated to quality and the overall project’s interests. 
4. Professional site presence including health and safety.
5. An ability to meet the clients’ expectations commensurate with high end residential construction.
6. An understanding of local authority regulations and obligations of both resource and building consents.


In summary, we have pleasure in recommending Richard Warwick to any prospective clients and would welcome further discussion or clarification if required."


Richard Mora Project Management

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Everyone who looks through our house comments on how beautifully finished it is. It is a credit to Richard, our builder. Throughout its construction, Richard was cheerful and diligent, taking pains to see everything was meticulously performed. He also had good, practical ideas of his own, which he executed, thus complimenting those of our architectural designer.

We highly recommend Richard to anyone who wishes to have a home built to the highest standard.


Adele and John Birkbeck


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"We celebrated the successful completion of our new home in April 2009. The celebration marked the end of a 12 month building project with Rod Percival Builders Ltd.


The foreman on the job was Richard Warwick. Richard added significant value to the project by providing well thought through solutions to problems and enhancing design elements. His creative ideas and quality workmanship are obvious in the home and we found that the way he kept us informed and enabled us to be involved, made all the difference. Richard was readily available to answer our questions and discuss options. He took real ownership of the project and pride in the outcome.


Our new home is a joy to live in and testimony to the excellence of the work are the multiple awards the home has since gained in the 2009 Master Builder House of the Year competition. We would have no hesitation in either commissioning Richard for a future project or recommending him to anyone considering their own building project." 


Rob and Julie


This House Won the Following Awards at the Registered Master Builders Awards:

2009, House of The Year Auckland Regional , Pink Batts Ultra Energy Efficiency: Award
2009, House of The Year Auckland Regional , Sustainable Homes $500,000 to $1,000,000: Gold Reserve & Category Winner.
2009, House of The Year Auckland Regional , New Homes Category $650,000 - $1,000,000: Gold reserve and Category Winner.


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"We are delighted to provide this reference for Richard Warwick. Richard acted as Foreman on our beach house build at Opito Bay. We came to know Richard in September 2006 when the project started and have kept in touch with him since then.


We are absolutely delighted with the job that Richard and his team did on our beach house. The quality of the workmanship is superb, as testified by the Gold Award achieved at the 2008 Master Builder Awards. The project was completed on time and exactly to our expectations, despite many challenges presented by our difficult building site.


This project was our first experience with building a house, so we were no doubt ignorant and indecisive clients! Being located so far away from the site in Hamilton, we were keen to work with a builder of excellent reputation to ensure the project went well. The site proved to be a major challenge, and Richard had to think on his feet a lot as the early works progressed. He kept in excellent contact with us, explaining the issues as they arose and the options for addressing them. He even contributed to necessary re-working of our site landscaping, making very useful suggestions and reconfiguring aspects of the layout and retaining walls to better suit the needs of the site. It is clear that Richard would have been in a stressful situation as our project began and the unfavourable site conditions emerged. He rose to the occasion and worked hard to ensure that everything was resolved to a high standard – with minimum stress passed on to us, the clients, I might add!


It was obvious to us that Richard was well respected by his team on this job and maintained a very positive team spirit and approach throughout the project. He was clearly proud of what he had achieved for us and we were delighted to share in the moment he received the Gold Award at the Master Builder Awards for his efforts.


Richard has maintained an active interest in our beach house and has popped in several times while we have been there at weekends, to check that we are happy with everything. We have requested one or two minor changes since the project was completed in July 2007 (nothing reflecting problems with the build – just us changing our minds!) and Richard has always been prompt in dealing with them.


We have no hesitation in recommending Richard as a talented, hard-working and reliable builder and foreman. He is a very pleasant person to deal with, even when under stress, and takes a great deal of personal pride in his work. His standards are very high and he certainly met our every expectation for our Opito Bay project."


Grant and Deryl