About Us

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    Award Winning Builders

    We have earned our enviable reputation from over thirty years of delivering fine quality homes in the Wakatipu Basin. We take pride from this reputation and will continue to pay close attention to detail, use the highest quality materials and bring together the best team for your build. We have regularly measured our standards against the best in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Competition and in 2012 we received the prestigious Platinum Award of which is reserved for the very elite of the building industry, this award recognizes consistent high levels of excellence of workmanship in attaining more than five National Awards. Only seven residential builders in all of New Zealand have been recognized in 2012.
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    Introducing AJ Saville

    A.J. Saville Builders was formed in 1993 by Allister Saville. Having joined the building industry at 16 years of age he served his time with Melvin L McLellan Builders Ltd of Invercargill. As Just like any young men leaving school Allister was uncertain upon what he wanted to do however being a well-grounded country boy off a dairy farm in Myross Bush in Southland, hard work was not foreign to him. He had a strong work ethic and was keen to succeed. By chance Allister’s father had engaged some building contractors to build several hay sheds on the family farm and Allister yearned to arrive home from school, put on his working clothes and help these carpenters out. Fortunately for both Allister and the building industry this ignited a passion for building. He enjoyed the work, the camaraderie of building (a team game) and the great sense of achieving something tangible and permanent.
    Allister’s father, sensing that this experience had ignited a desire within his son approached Melving McLellan a long established family friend to enquire whether he would be interested in taking Allister on as an apprentice carpenter. Fortunately Melvin was agreeable and Allister’s duly started his apprenticeship with Melvin. Melvin fortunately was a classic heartland New Zealand resourceful builder who could and did turn his hand to anything and everything. This background and solid foundation in building was hugely appreciated by Allister as absolutely pivotal in his career development. He gained valuable experience building new homes, additions, and alterations, hay barns, bridges, culverts, and many more challenges. With life, change is inevitable; Melvin eventually chose to move his business to Wanaka and Allister went to the Clyde Dam for 2 long years. The calling of an overseas experience beckoned and London was calling so Allister went there for three years and set up a business named Alvenbrooke. Upon his return to Invercargill, Allister had a brief stint with a commercial builder as a Leading Hand/Foreman.
    Work was scarce in The Southland and Allister with his wife Diane and a young family made the leap of faith and moved to the Queenstown Lakes area. From here Allister’s career took off with an increasing workload of architecturally designed homes to build. He took the initiative and had the courage to enter his work in the New Zealand Master Builders Federation House of the Year Competition. This foray has proven to be very worthwhile with numerous category wins, Gold Awards, Lifestyle Awards and most recently in 2012 he won the Sustainability Award nationally. The winning of this award culminated in Allister’s fifth National title and consequentially decorated him with Platinum Builders status. This status is reserved for the very elite within the building industry; this award recognizes consistent high levels of excellence in workmanship. Only seven residential builders in all of New Zealand have been recognized for this Platinum Award since its inception in 2010. Since receiving the Platinum Award he has chosen to become a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Building and taken an active involvement in the working and understanding of the Green Building Council as it is of his belief that the planet must be sustained and handed over for the legacy of future generations.
    In summary Allister has remained true to his origin as a simple country boy from Southland and his quest to continue building high end challenging architectural homes for his clients such that they achieve the very best outcome from both himself and his experienced team.
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    Habitat for Humanity Project - Samoa

    In 2009 Allister Saville responded to a call from building supplier ITM for assistance with rebuilding Samoa following a devastating tsunami. Initially one of seven volunteers Aj Saville built temporary accommodation for the expected influx of volunteers over the coming months. Four months later Allister returned with two apprentices and a group of sub-contractors to help build a further 400 Fales.

    ITM article: http://www.itm.co.nz/Article?Action=View&Article_id=9

REPUTATION FOR QUALITY

 

We have earned our enviable reputation from over thirty years of delivering fine quality homes in the Wakatipu Basin. We take pride from this reputation and will continue to pay close attention to detail, use the highest quality materials and bring together the best team for your build. We have regularly measured our standards against the best in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Competition and in 2012 we received the prestigious Platinum Award of which is reserved for the very elite of the building industry, this award recognizes consistent high levels of excellence of workmanship in attaining more than five National Awards. Only seven residential builders in all of New Zealand have been recognized in 2012.

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RECENT AWARDS

 

  • 2015 Southern Supreme Winner
  • 2015 Gold Award
  • 2014 National Show Home  Gold Reserve and Category Winner
  • 2014 Lifestyle Interior and Design Award 
  • 2014 Lifestyle Kitchen Award
  • 2014 Show Home Gold Award and Category Winner
  • 2012 Gold Reserve National Finalist and National Winner Sustainable Homes over $1 million 2012
  • 2012 Platinum Award, 7th to receive in the Country 
  • 2012 Gold Award and Category Winner
  • 2012 Gold Award
  • 2012 Gib Livings Award
  • 2012 Kitchen Award
  • 2012 Interior and Design Award
  • 2012 Southern Supreme Winner
  • 2012 Sustainable Gold and Category Winner
  • 2011 Gold Reserve National Finalist and National Winner
  • 2011 Lifestyle Interior Award 
  • 2011 Lifestyle Bathroom Award 
  • 2011 Lifestyle Kitchen Award 
  • 2011 Southern Supreme Winner 
  • 2011 Gold Award and Category Winner 
  • 2010 Gold Reserve National Finalist and National Winner 
  • 2010 Gold Award 
  • 2010 Gold Award and Category Winner 
  • 2009 Gold Reserve National Finalist 
  • 2009 Gold Award 
  • 2008 Gold Award 
  • 2007 Gold Reserve National Finalist 
  • 2007 Interior Style and Finish Award 
  • 2007 Silver Award 
  • 2007 Gold Award
  • 2006 National Finalist and National Winner 
  • 2006 National Energy Efficiency Award 
  • 2006 Gold Award 
  • 2005 Silver Award 
  • 2005 Silver Award 
  • 2004 Bronze Award 
  • 2003 2nd National Finalist 
  • 2003 National Mico bathroom award
  • 2003 Southern Supreme Winner 
  • 2003 Regional Winner 
  • 2001 National Finalist 
  • 2001 Regional Winner 
  • 2000 X2 Merit Awards 
  • 1999 3rd National Finalist 
  • 1999 Regional Winner 
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