ABOUT US

You’re in great hands

Run by the dedicated-duo of Russell Clark and Sonja Mail, Licensed Renovations is the number one choice for Aucklanders renovating their home. A builder since the age of 15, Russell knows what clients want; better pricing, believable timelines, high standards and a great finish. Sonja’s extensive knowledge of construction and renovations comes from more than 16 years working in the building industry. She’s an expert in finance and dealing with Council.

No budget blowouts

Our business is based on experience, transparency and great communication. We believe in identifying the true cost of your proposed renovation from the get-go, with the aim of saving you time, money and energy. Our in-house Quantity Surveyor, Peter Chen develops a realistic and accurate budget early on, giving you control over cost savings, scope and your stress levels! Find out how we work.

An experienced, qualified team

Our hard-working, friendly crew firmly believes in bringing renovation dreams to life through teamwork and a shared love

of creating unforgettable homes. We’re supported by a trusted, core team of qualified tradespeople and subcontractors that goes the extra mile, offering exceptional service and quality craftsmanship.

Full project management

We’re with you every step of the way. Licensed Renovations provides quality building and project management services from go to whoa. Owner and Managing Director Russell Clark and our experienced foreman Ollie Thurlby are hands on with expert advice and direction from the early days of your designs or existing plans, right through to project completion. Meet the team.

Registered Master Builders

Enjoy peace of mind knowing Licensed Renovations is a proud member of the Master Builders Association of New Zealand. Only qualified or personally trained building apprentices are renovating your home. Plus, we’re residential renovation specialists and always have been. That’s our focus and our passion.

TRAINING APPRENTICES

A keen advocate of apprenticeships, we support the training and development of young builders, offering them opportunities to learn, grow and progress as part of the Licensed Renovations family. Here are a few of our award-winning apprentices.

WHY CHOOSE US

Licensed Building
Practitioner

Our standards are always high. Managing Director Russell Clark, our Quantity Surveyor Peter Chen and our site managers are all Licensed Building Practitioners. Plus, all our builders are trade qualified. This means we’re building and renovating homes to New Zealand’s high quality standards.

Quality
Assurance

We dot the i’s and cross the t’s! We check, double check and check again. Working to our own detailed 97 point checklist, the team is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve your renovation. You can be confident your renovation.

Save money,
time and energy

No more budget blowouts. We believe in transparent cost breakdowns that allow you maximum flexibility during the design and build process. Identifying the true cost and scope of your proposed renovation at an early stage saves you time, money and headaches.


Our
Guarantee

We’re building and renovating to New Zealand’s highest standards and back our work with a 7 Star Guarantee. This means you’re reaping the rewards of working with a team with 35+ years of unrivalled residential renovating experience. Enjoy your renovation project with dedicated, communication-focused site managers and trade qualified builders. Read more.

Renovation
specialists

We’re experts in residential renovations and we love our work! We believe transparent communication, seamless project management and smart budgeting means you'll fulfil your renovation dreams with less stress and more time to enjoy the results. Read what our happy clients have to say.

Seamless
communication

No secrets, no games. From pre-construction meetings to regular follow ups, we keep you in the loop on timeframes, budgeting, delivery and updates. Using professional, simple systems that maintain transparency and momentum, you’re always kept in the loop. Talk to us now.


Our Process

Facing a renovation project? We know it can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help you enjoy the experience. With more than 35 years managing residential renovations, we know every building project is different and every client has a diverse set of needs. That’s why we take it step by step, guaranteeing you building success.

1Let’s talk

Our first step will be a phone call to follow up your enquiry. We’ll chat about your building project goals and work out how we can offer the services you need. We make a time and place to meet for a more in-depth discussion.

2Let's Meet in Person

Got renovation ideas? We’re all ears! Our Director, Russell Clark, will come to your home for a renovation consultation to discuss thoughts, ideas, wishes, budgets and time frames.

3Concept drawings

A good design process is key to a successful project. Your design will evolve over time as you and your architect discuss, digest, think and rework ideas until the best solution is found. If you don’t have an architect, we’ll introduce you to our own. It’s important that we be kept in the loop at this stage to ensure your design and scope are in line with your budget.

Bright idea: How about using sustainable building features at this concept stage? Making your home more eco-friendly and energy efficient saves you long term costs while adding value to your home. Ask us for ideas.

4Preliminary Budget Assessment

Once the concept drawings are completed, our Quantity Surveyor Peter Chen will evaluate the drawings and visit the site to ensure an accurate and in depth estimate is prepared. In some cases, our electrician and plumber come along as well to provide their expertise at this early stage.

5Present Preliminary Budget

We’ll now present you with the preliminary budget, which is a detailed breakdown of your costs based on the concept drawings. This is key to a successful renovation and protects you from budget blow out. Depending on your budget, we may need to work with the architect to amend your sketches until your budget and the drawings are perfectly matched.

6Working drawings

Once your scope and budget are aligned, the architect is given approval to start the working drawings and prepare documentation for the application for building consent and resource consent, if required.

7 Fixed price quote

Once you’re happy with your working drawings and documents from the architect, Licensed Renovations will provide you with a fixed price quotation and go through it with you line by line to ensure you understand the full cost and scope of your project.

8Sign documentation

The Licensed Renovations fixed price building contract is signed and all other documentation is put in place (i.e. Master Builders guarantee, builders risk insurance, etc)

9Let the Adventure Begin

It’s now time to meet the team. Our foreman will run through a health and safety briefing for your family. And you’ll enjoy a complimentary session with our professional colour consultant to ensure you get exactly what you envisioned for your renovation.

You’ll also receive a free Greenbox self-storage unit placed close to your home, in a convenient position, for easy and secure loading during your renovation project

Communication is key! Throughout the building process, we will:

  • Communicate with you, the architect and subcontractors on a regular basis
  • Make sure your renovation project flows in a timely and coordinated manner.
  • Update the job schedule frequently so you’re well informed of progress and able to schedule in the people you are working with outside of our contract.
  • Keep you informed of the health and safety site plan.
10Completion

Licensed Renovations will have completed the scope of work as per the contract. We’ll then:

  • arrange for the final inspection with council to ensure the renovation complies with required plans and specs
  • put together the final paperwork and apply for the code of compliance on your behalf
  • provide a professional cleaning of your home by The Clean Department

You’re part of our family

We’re a friendly bunch and always do our best to welcome our clients into the Licensed Renovations family. Our connection with you, your family and your renovation is personal and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Building trust is just as important to us as building your home. Funnily enough, many of our clients become fast friends and Russell’s always keen on a beverage or a trip out on the boat, so don’t be shy!

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Our Partners

Our crew are tried, tested and trusted. We work with a chosen team of contractors and sub-contractors, over and over again. Why? Because we know they’ll give you the best result.

What this means for you:

This means you get a close knit bunch who’ve worked together on a diverse range of Auckland-wide renovation projects, all year round. Our plumbers, electricians, painters, builders, gib stoppers, tilers, flooring team and more know each other well.

Best of all, they know our expectations. They work to our quality control procedures, keep the lines of communication open and respect our time constraints. Every contractor in the Licensed Renovations team meets our exacting standards for quality workmanship, friendly service, hard work and the willingness to go the extra mile. They’re family.

We’re extremely proud to work alongside these fine contractors, subcontractors, trade qualified builders and proven partners. Find out more about Licensed Building Practitioners’ standards and our designation as a Master Builder by clicking the logos below.

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