I highly recommend Smith & Sons Manawatu. I will be using them again for any building projects, especially if it has to look good. As a ‘do it yourself’ bloke, I had my doubts about using professionals but the results are far better than I could have achieved. Best of all, it was all done within budget and completed on time -- the quick completion was a MUST for the main bathroom, but would also be true for kitchens, as each day costs more in takeout food.
As there weren't many builders reviews available in late 2014, we decided to go with Smith & Sons because we felt we could trust them.
Firstly, they are a professional service with good project management. Secondly, they had good ideas - practical solutions to getting the finished bathroom we wanted. This really showed in their knowledge of current products and experience with similar jobs.
They didn’t have to lowest quote, but it was fully itemised, easy to understand, and they had a great relationship with the subcontractors.
In the end, the final cost was LESS than the quote for two reasons: we didn’t change our minds on any major, and there wasn’t as much re-building as initially thought (you couldn't tell until the demolition was finished). Most importantly, everything was finished and tidy when they left -- no little follow-up jobs or call backs required.