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Cunningham Construction – Building Dreams In Nelson

Kiwis have always loved the challenge of upgrading their homes. From buying an old Villa and making some layout changes, adding a new deck area, or making the kitchen/bathroom areas bigger and more functional. It’s a magical process where an idea from a magazine, or a TV show ignites a spark, and the dream begins. A combination of ideas turned into a reality can build ownership and excitement in the home environment.

This is where the team at Cunningham Construction come in. They are making waves in the local building and renovation scene with some impressive projects that have received high accolades. The before and after photos of their residential transformations say it all.

Owned and operated by Edward and Laurie Durbridge-Hunt, Cunningham Construction boasts a team of four skilled builders with a passion for residential construction and renovations.

Edward and Laurie, who were high school sweethearts, attended Waimea College and Garin College respectively. They now happily raise a young family in Nelson, where they cherish a lifestyle filled with sports, outdoor adventures, and quality time with friends and family on weekends.

Under the mentorship of his father-in-law and previous owner, John Cunningham, Edward embarked on his career, refining his skills over 14 years, and now leading the team effortlessly. Laurie manages administrative responsibilities, leveraging her keen insight into client requirements and industry dynamics.

The previous owners John and Sue Cunningham are still around making sure Edward & Laurie are doing a good job. Sue is now an employee and works primarily on quotes and invoices and is a very appreciated and valued member of the team. John will pop into the office from time to time for a coffee, a gesture greatly appreciated by all.

“I enjoy browsing homes in magazines, online, and on Trade Me, drawing inspiration from photos. There’s something special about transforming a house into a home for a family – t’s a true passion of mine.” says Laurie.

Edward and the team are experts in removing walls and recycling as much as possible to save the client time and money. Having this skill set can save you thousands, and the renovation specialists know there are many ways to transform a space. For example, they need to consider the era and style of the house and have a sound knowledge of the building materials that match and enhance the look and feel. Utilising natural lighting is another factor that can make the biggest difference.

They also manage the joinery aspect to seamlessly complement your renovation, ensuring a unified service experience. Tim Hardiman, a highly skilled and innovative craftsman, excels in crafting diverse solutions such as storage solutions and cabinets. Renovating homes truly is an art form in their hands.

“For many renovations, the clients are still living in the house, so being respectful and keeping the site tidy and safe is very important. It can feel a bit disruptive for some, so we work hard to keep to the timeline and have healthy communication with our clients. Once the job is done and photos have been taken it’s a happy day for everyone and we enjoy this aspect very much.”

Cunningham Construction brings a ‘family feel’ to the table, and a level of quality that sets them apart. They are a lovely, genuine, and hard-working local family that has a good rapport with all they encounter.

This client Testimonial says it all.

“We have had Edward and the team from Cunningham Construction provide building work for us on a number of occasions. From an office and retaining wall build, to a new bathroom and the creation of our visitor’s suite, and recently fully replacing windows for new double glazed thermally broken windows as well as fitting new doors on our 2-storey home. Edward is brilliant to deal with, easy to communicate with, calm and efficient. The team are great and works together efficiently. Their joiner/builder Tim is an expert at finding solutions to the tricky issues that arise and is a craftsman when it comes to those important finishing touches. We always go back to Cunninghams as our experience has been so good and we trust both their skills/workmanship and their integrity as business owners. We can relax knowing Edward and Laurie are managing the building. Thank you team Cunningham for making the renovation and building process so much easier!” – Alex

For those considering home improvements, Cunningham Construction invites you to explore possibilities. Contact them today to discover how their expertise can elevate your home.

Find their office at 146 Vanguard St, Nelson South

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