Richwood Building Specialists

Carpentry and Timber Joinery since 1984


Phone Rob 021 040 8730 or email

March 2020

Rob was great to deal with, giving a lot of thought to the renovation of our c. 1920's bungalow, so that new additions complimented the original.  Rob provided practical and effective input from the very start of the project, making it very easy to brief the architect.  Onsite Rob and his team did a fantastic job and were a great team: working efficiently, taking care, paying attention to the details and leaving the place clean and tidy at the end of each working day.  Rob is an experienced builder and good problem solver, providing cost effective and compliant solutions when faced with issues that come with an old house.  It was a pleasure to have Rob and his team around and I would have no hesitation in recommending them as professional, reliable and trustworthy builders.

Christine and Helen.


November 2017

Our heartfelt thanks for all the work you have done for us and the way you have kept the job going organising the tradies.  What you have achieved here,  we never dreamed our home could look so good!  We have waited a long time for this and  the result is way beyond any expectations we had.  I hope you know how grateful we are,  we will remember the hard work and effort you put into the job.  Did you know you are the best building company in the whole universe?    Rob's tidyness, professionalism, hard work ethic and attention to detail are second to none.  His high level of communication, organisation  and project management skills are a huge benefit which has helped us to navigate our way through this renovation.  We recommend Rob and his team for anyone looking for any type of renovation or home improvement.  

Wayne and Lea.


November 2016

Rob Sutherland  of 'Richwood Building' is one of the most co-operative and competent builders we have ever met. We carried out renovations on our last three properties but this time we  employed in Rob someone who delivers on time, and whose work - including all the joinery - is of the very highest standard. Rob was easy to work with, efficient, listened carefully and took the initiative to suggest some good ideas. We fully endorse and recommend him.

Kay and Bruce Farthing

November 2016

We’ve had Rob Sutherland complete work on our rental house at Papamoa, and also our own residence at Mt Maunganui.  We thoroughly endorse Rob as a no fuss, very easy to deal with individual, whose workmanship is of quality, and his staff are all professional.  We’d also like to add, that Rob has gone out of his way to refer other subcontractors, who all have the same work ethic and easy to deal with manner that Rob has.

I Johnston

September 2016
Rob and his team of builders make a formidable group of craftsmen.Their attention to detail, work ethic and ability to adjust to any problems when renovating or building a new house are fantastic.Each member of his team have their own expertise and can suggest better ways to solve problems  that pop up whilst building and renovating.We highly recommend Rob and his team to any one undertaking building a new house, replacing windows or renovating.
Thanks for all you have done for us and we hope that you will be part in other projects we might start.
Cheers from Geoff and Esther Burnie
March 2016
Rob recently completed a home renovation for me and my family.  We found Rob to be an extremely, conscientious, reliable and hardworking building professional. His attention to detail and ability to think outside the square is an asset when having to plan home renovations.   Rob and his team are honest and trustworthy and are always on the job on time.  Their work is of an incredibly high standard.  We found Rob's extensive skills and background in the industry encompassing not only with mid to high end major renovations but his ability to do quality cabinetry is what makes him a specialist in the industry.   We found Rob and his team to be an asset to our major renovation and highly recommend him to anyone considering quality home renovations.  
L Smithson
November 2015
We recently had some home renovations completed by Rob Sutherland and his team.  We really enjoyed having the guys on site, they clean up their work daily, they all have their own vehicles and are non -smokers.  We found them to be professional, respectful, tidy and hardworking.  Rob's specialised background was comforting to us as he has the knowledge to complete very difficult renovations. Something we found other builders shy away from.  He is easy to talk with and will always talk us through the process of what is required at any given time.  We have no hesitation in referring Rob and his team at Richwood Building Specialists for any one doing any kind of renovation. 
H Tearrson
April 2015
Rob Sutherland did a great job of re-creating our laundry, which was in a right old state.  In a little over 3 days he transformed the area into a showpiece room, finishing off the bathroom/toilet/laundry renovations to a very high standard.  He also made suggestions of how better to achieve outcomes that we hadn't even thought about, which was very much appreciated.  I would recommend him to anyone looking for a real craftsman, wanting a high standard of finish in any building or renovating work.  I am happy for you to call me on 07 576 0161 for any further information.
Graeme Martin
February 2015

 We employed Rob Sutherland for a recent extensive repairs job to our rental house, at Papamoa.

Rob was very accommodating, a great communicator and easy to deal with, as well as being quick and efficient with the build work also. 

We unreservedly would recommend him to anyone looking for any building work.

I Johnston



October 2014
I oversee the Property Management Division of LJ Hooker Tauranga and Rob Sutherland has done quite a bit of work for us over the last year from small repairs to a large project on a house with watertight issues.
I have always found Rob to be honest and reliable and his work is of a high standard.  Our tenants have reported that he is always polite and courteous to them too.
I would not hesitate to recommend Rob as a builder/cabinetmaker to anyone looking for a quality tradesman.
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Tess Johnson, LJ Hooker, Tauranga
March 2013
From September 2011 through to March 2013 Rob worked for me on an extensive renovation. The renovation consisted of:

-Adding on approx 27m3 of internal rooms with partially double glazed ceiling. The new concrete floor matched the existing floor levels throughout three passage ways. These rooms were lined with T&G clear pine. All exposed beams were lined with clear pine.

-Adding on approx 45m2 of exterior porch with concrete and tiled floor and extensive single glazed floor. All exposed beams and steel posts were lined with clear pine.
-Removing two flat roof areas and framing them up to form gables. Replacing the entire old steel roof with new coloursteel corrugated steel. Fitting new timber finials each gable end.

-Replacing old steel fascia and fibre cement soffits with wooden fascia and wooden T&G soffits throughout.

-Replacing old single glazed aluminium windows with new double glazed insulated aluminium windows throughout.

-Removing old insulclad plaster finished exterior cladding. Retro treating the Douglas Fir frames and installing new wool insulation in the walls. Fitting new pine weatherboards throughout.

-Replacing internal floor covering with solid Malaysian hardwood Balau and Australian Spotted gum T&G flooring, either fitted direct onto existing wood substrate or onto new plywood substrate. Water proofing any new concrete floor and fixing any imperfections in the existing wooded flooring prior to laying the wooded floor.

-Recladding the staircase in the same Malaysian hardwood Balau and fitting a new solid Balau banister.

-Replacing all three showers and WC with new. Making any necessary wall repairs. Removing all wet area tile and replacing with    Malaysian hardwood Balau T&G flooring.

-Removing the kitchen, remodelling and replacing on top of the new Malaysian hardwood Balau T&G flooring. Replacing the old MDF cabinet doors with solid Victorian Ash doors and panels.

-Removing all old rimu architrave and skirting and replacing with new.

-Moving a fireplace and installing a new internal flue going up through a bathroom.

-Remodelling a solid kauri door and constructing a solid Kauri entranceway to fit existing leadlight that were sandwiched inside a double glaze panels.

-Building a 26m2 pool shed with outdoor spa and electric shower.

-Building a 120m2 pool patio area with hidden draining ready for tiling.

-Fencing a /4 acre area with a mix of wooden and galvanised fencing and gates.

During all of the work Rob played a major role acting as foreman and providing invaluable advice and direction to me and to other builders and trade staff on site. Rob has clearly demonstrated a great pride in his workmanship not settling for anything that was not ‘as it should be’ to use his words.

I do not hesitate to recommend Rob as a genuine craftsman, talented builder, and excellent project manager and true "Jack" of all the building trades.

Sincerely, Bruce Buchanan 
4 April 2011
We are Commercial Property Managers for our clients who own a variety of commercial, industrial and retail buildings in the Tauranga, Mt Maunganui area.  As part of our management requirements we undertake a range of maintenance and refurbishments from small basic jobs through to complete office fit outs.
We have enjoyed our relationship with Rob as he has provided a high level of service and through his wide ranging carpentry skills always delivers a quality product.
We highly recommend Rob and would be more than happy to speak to anyone requiring verbal confirmation.
April 2011
Rob was employed to build a new 270sqm high quality home at Campbell Rd, Mt Maunganui. Rob was always well presented and pleasant to have on site.  Rob displayed a wide variety of skills which are rarely found with the advent of new training schemes for carpentry.  One very useful attribute was his ability to manufacture joinery products. 
Rob was always very communicative to ensure everyone had a clear understanding of what was required.  I wish Rob well in the future and would not hesitate to recommend him for any future employment.  For verbal verification I can be contacted on 027 329 7838.  Peter Martelletti.



Phone Rob 021 040 8730 or email

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