When Richard was building my open display shelves, before he made everything the same height he thought to ask,"Do you have anything you want to display that won't fit this height?". I did, so he adjusted the shelves accordingly. That's what he's like - he's thoughtful, he plans ahead and he discusses with you how best to approach the build. He's great to work with as his attitude is cheerful, energetic and can-do - luckily, considering how many new problems my build has thrown at him! Altogether, it's been a great pleasure working with him.
Richard Wilcock has been my first choice of builder for some years now. He has a great 'can do attitude' and will not compromise on quality. He is a pleasure to have around with his cheerful disposition and is very mindful of the mess he makes. Several times we have been able to do renovations and repairs and still live in the house.
He always has top notch sub-contractors but is happy to work with your own preferred sub-contactors. He also does our commercial work at Mahurangi River Winery. He is a very good manager of time and met the required deadlines even though they were tight. I can highly recommend Richard and his workmanship.
Solway Deer Farm
Mahurangi River Winery
Richard Wilcock is an Award winning master builder and has an excellent reputation in the Rodney District. We have dealt with Richard for a number of small renovation jobs over a number of years. He and his team have always done a great job. He has always had a professional attitude and an eye of detail, which has resulted in a quality job that has exceeded our expectations.
Whilst we have yet to build a home from the “ground up” so to speak, Richard Wilcock Builder would be our first and only point of call when we do so. We would thoroughly recommend Richard Wilcock Builder to anyone looking to renovate or build in the Warkworth Area.
Chris and Cath Hodder
After making extensive enquires as to the best builder in the area, my wife and I chose Richard Wilcock Builders to build our beach house in Omaha. His pricing was competitive and references were outstanding. We were happy to wait 6 months to start.
Apart from being a master builder with exceptional attention to detail, he is the most up front and honest builder I have dealt with. The architectural detail and resultant build was not easy but we found him easy to work with on the variations, modifications and features one makes during construction. His up front no nonsense and ‘can do’ attitude meant there was a solution to every little problem or site issue. Because we were based in Auckland and only on site from time to time, Richard project managed the sub trades and organised suppliers, once chosen, to ensure the project ran smoothly and was completed within budget and on time.
The quality of workmanship from he and his staff was exceptional . Richard Wilcock Builders was awarded “National Gold Reserve” and “Regional Gold” in 2008 for Master Builders houses over $1million build value for our home, in recognition of excellence in workmanship, creativity, and innovation. A beach house we are proud of and continue to spend most weekends and holidays with friends and family.
Denis and Lynne Horner
We are pleased to provide this testimonial to Richard Wilcock. Richard and his team undertook a major renovation to our residential property in Snells Beach in 2011. The renovation involved extending the main living area, rebuilding half the house to an open plan style, building extensive decking and installing a new kitchen.
Richard was recommended to us by our architect, but we did check his reputation with a number of local people. He is well regarded locally as a very good builder, and also as an honest and reliable businessman.
The job was well managed and there were no major hold-ups waiting for material or tradesmen. Although not specifically part of his contract, Richard was very helpful in sourcing and managing other tradespeople such as the tiler, flooring contractor, heat pump supplier and blind installer. We are not building experts, but the quality of workmanship seemed very good and certainly met our expectations.
Renovations never go exactly to plan and Richard was very good at guiding us through minor problems and helping us understand the decisions we needed to make along the way. He suggested a number of minor changes which added value to the job and on one occasion came up with a solution which saved us quite a bit of time and money.
We found Richard good to deal with – always cheerful, up-front and responsive. Richard was not always on site but we were very happy with his team and comfortable to have them working in our home. We have no hesitation in recommending Richard Wilcock Builder for building projects.
Don and Leigh Houghton
Our company has used Richard Wilcock Builder on two occasions, both in commercial developments - one a total commercial fitout and the other a major renovation. Richard understood what was needed to build to the relevant building codes, advised, supervised and managed all the subtrades. The work was completed to a very high standard, on time and within estimate right up to final permit sign off. As absentee owners, we were kept well informed of progress. We were impressed with his attention to detail and the fact that even minor things mattered. We will most certainly use Richard and his team again.
Richard proved to be a great find. He and his team always found solutions to problems and were able to make suggestions to enhance our plans. Nothing was a problem. This was all capped off with an engaging manner but all the time doing a very professional job and delivering an excellent product.
The construction of our home, on a beautiful bush site in Sandspit, commenced in 2003. We were living in Singapore at the time, and would be ‘building from a distance’. We had never built a home before, and were aware of the problems that can arise during building – even when you live in close proximity. Therefore it was essential that we work with a builder that we could trust completely, and who was also a good communicator. We found all of that, and more, with Richard.
Also, from a female perspective, it was important to me that I ‘could ask a lot of questions’, since most of what was involved was completely new to me, and I also wanted to be involved in the process as much as possible.
Richard’s workmanship had come highly recommended, and we had the opportunity to see some of his work. We were in complete agreement that it is not just the quality of the materials that are used that will determine the final quality of the build – it is the workmanship. And if we can say just one thing about our home that Richard built – the workmanship is superb. Not just Richard’s work, but also the work of the subcontractors that he brought to the project.
We wanted a well constructed, timeless home, that blended into its site – and together with our architect, that is what Richard delivered.
We built in stages, since our move to this new country would not take place until some years later, and Richard seamlessly managed the total build, whilst also incorporating the extended time frame that we had required.
It would be unrealistic to expect that there are no problems during building, and our home and site certainly presented some challenges, but we are hard-pressed to recall any real problems, probably due to Richard’s good problem-solving skills, and solutions.
We are thrilled with our home, it suits the way we live, and is a joy to live in, winter or summer – it is a home for all seasons. And as we wander around, either just enjoying our surrounds, or cleaning the windows or brushing away some spider-webs – we constantly marvel at all the work that Richard did – and to what an exacting standard.
Richard has returned a number of times, for some additional projects, but he has never had to return to repair anything – because that has never been necessary. Richard does something once, and he does it perfectly – every time.
No surprise therefore, that Richard began as our builder – and ended up as our friend.
Caroline Barrett & Rudi van der Zwaal
39 Beach Street
We employed Richard to add a second storey extension to our house. He was very easy to work with, honest, reliable, approachable and listened carefully to our requirements. He offered sound advice and worked well with the architect. We were very pleased with the end result and would be happy to employ him again.
Tim and Melanie Bentley
Richard was engaged to add an extension to our existing family home in Snells Beach in late October.
The extension consisted of underpinning the existing house to lay foundations for a double garage with a family lounge above. Richard, Matt and Ethan rose to the challenge with a finished standard that excels all expectations, the earth works and foundations being a major obstacle that required the patience and skill of his team.
The house is nearly finished coming up to Christmas to the absolute delight of the owners. The extension has been built to the highest standard and I would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and Matt to future customers.
My home is on display should prospective customers wish to view the high standard of workmanship. We thank you Richard and wish you and your family a merry Xmas and a well earned break.
Dave & Carole Garland
14 Apollo Place
PS You can’t miss us; it's the best looking house in the street.
When Richard asked if we would be happy to write a testimonial for the extension work he recently did on our house, it was an easy ask.
Richard Wilcock Builder is the best team we have ever used – very high standard of building, friendly ,good communication, organisation, planning, great problem solving, cleaning up after, thoughtful and considerate… the list goes on.
So thank you, especially Richard and Matt, for transforming our home from good to great!!
We would thoroughly recommend anyone considering to use Richard Wilcock Builder to go ahead…. We certainly will if we have future needs.