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"I can't recommend James enough. Having a builder that you can trust across a whole range of aspects is priceless. Coming from the UK you always new someone who could do a bit of work for you as a 'homer' which was always a better option due to all the horror stories you would hear from people who hired a builder that they didn’t know. It can be quite nerve racking hiring someome for the first time. With James, from the beginning, I have never been disappointed. From the design to the finishing touches James's attention to detail has been impeccable. The research that is put in to every job (from ensuring he has a absolute understanding of what the client wants to sourcing the best for materials and knowing the most up to date regulations) 

Having a two year old son, child safety was an added factor for me. On the first Job, doors (including frames) and floor boards were being replaced. It was safer to go away while the work was being completed. James worked above and beyond, putting in long hours and liaising with the carpet company to ensure that when we came home, everything was completed, ready for us to move back in. 

Our second job included a retaining wall, deck, roof section replacement and a feature wall that hides an ugly embankment. James was aware of my need for piece of mind around the retaining wall, and ensured that the strength and practicality did not impact visually on the end result. The pictures speak for themselves. With any of the jobs, if anything that came up out of the ordinary it was dealt to with minimum fuss. Including design changes I made half way through... and it came in on time and on budget! 

Stress free renovations and building work– you can’t beat it!"

Gillian, Whitby

"We were thrilled with the work James did in our garden – he was prompt with returning calls and turning up for work, listened to our far flung ideas and come up with a workable solution, and has done a beautiful job of the joinery in our raised garden beds. 
Thank you!"


Rebecca & Steve, Upper Hutt






This recommendation is way later than was originally intended!  James came in to help us with a large fix-up job on our house which is an old bungalow type house that had been extended. James came in and reviewed the work, offered us a quote that was realistic, well structured and straightforward for us to understand.  He was specific in the details of when he would start and when he would finish, the process and how he would manage all the other providers such as the painter, plumber, gas fitter etc. thus making it easier for us.  My family and me thought that it could not be that easy, given all the stories that we have heard about builders. 


On the day agreed for the start, James was there at the appointed hour with the scaffolding and all the other gear that was needed.  With almost no interruption, he had it all set up ready to go.  Soon after this, he got on to the job itself and was powering away. Apart from a day when the weather was very poor, there was no slowing James down. He was never "absent or missing" from the site and kept us updated and appraised on progress.


Before we knew it, the work was complete and James was dismantling the scaffolding.  The job itself was thoroughly professional in finish, as it was evident that James takes pride in his work. My family and I were delighted with the outcome and more so as it was effortless from our end!  I have a number of other projects that I am reluctant to start as I think no one other than James will be able to meet our expectations.  Thanks James for your help and I certainly look forward to your help with our other projects!  


Hari, Thorndon


We would definitely recommend 4by2 Builders to anyone and everyone in the Wellington region! Quality work, affordable, friendly, and no mucking around! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

K Sanders, Wellington

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