- the architect's choice -



We tackle tailor-made new residential builds of all kinds, shapes and sizes and have built a diverse number of homes within the Ashburton region.

Let us know what stage you are at with house plans. If needed we can give you the contact details for recommended design teams who will get your dream designs underway. We will work from there and submit our offer of service to you to make sure we are the correct fit for you and your project. Following this, we will put together a tailored package to suit your needs before getting construction underway ensuring your requirements are top priority every step of the way.


The Canterbury Renovator you can rely on.

Our team of experienced renovation experts have spent the last 15 years creating beautiful renovations to our clients’ specifications.

From the first to the last day we will guide you through the whole renovation process, ensuring you know exactly what we’re doing before we do it. If we run into complications, we will ask your advice before conducting large changes to the pre-set plan, And that’s why we’re Canterbury’s favourite construction and renovation experts.

We are more than happy to provide specialised advice on whether your new home would require consent, proper plans, or other preliminary work, and of course, an itemized quote outlining everything you will be getting for your money, to make it easy for everyone involved.


We create custom builds informed by the architects we consult.

We've completed a BestStart preschool, a church and purpose-built sheds, to name but a few

If you're interested in using our services, we’ll visit you to discuss your needs, and come up with a bit of a plan to get started with the pricing, and then go from there to give you a transparent quote including all materials and labour.

From there we can organize consents, order all materials and get on with a shed that you will not be disappointed with.

Please visit the gallery for more photos of commercial builds.


  1. We have no charge for completing an initial estimate.

  2. Our estimates are based on your plans, a project questionnaire and any additional conversations we have.

  3. If you are happy with the estimate and the service you receive, we’ll offer you the option to have a full project assessment done, complete with a fixed price offer.

  4. Our full project assessments include a full review of the consented plans (if applicable), a site inspection and full needs assessment interview with you.

  5. Our fees for completing a full project assessment is $180.00 payable prior to the assessment. If you choose to build with J Rive Construction this fee will be rebated against your final invoice.


  • Scheduled maintenance
  • Insurance quotes and repairs
  • Feasibility studies, and advice
  • Concrete work and repairs
  • Office and shop fitouts
  • Remote work
  • Bespoke/detailed carpentry
  • Kitchen and bathroom design and alterations
  • Decks, balconies and landscape construction/project management
  • Residential fencing
  • Demolition work
  • Re-roofing
  • Project management


Feel free to give Jonny a call at 027 678 4222, and let's see what we can do for you.

Expert Construction Services

The J. Rive construction team have the skills and experience to help you get started on planning
and building your new architectural house.

We are Certified Builders. Building with an approved member of NZCB ensures you’re in good hands. The NZCB is the only builder association in New Zealand with strict entry criteria where the minimum entry requirement for all members is a recognised industry trade qualification.

We pride ourselves in having the tidiest sites around which is a cost-effective way of keeping the day to day activities on site running smoothly, while at the same time, ensuring a much healthier and safer work environment, and promoting better quality workmanship by all trades on-site.

Our success is based around the non-existence of re-work, which means we don’t spend precious time fixing work that was done to a lower standard – we make sure the job is done right first time, every time.

Our team is well-informed, and respect the image of our business-therefore we have no need for the unnecessary costs of project managers, and sales people-these things just add massive costs to some businesses.


Jonathan Rive established J. Rive Construction in January 2015, but his experience as a builder goes back much further.

In just a few years his company has grown into an expert building team involved in some of the biggest projects in and around Canterbury.


The J. Rive construction team have the skills and experience to help you get started on planning and building your new house, shed, or completing your renovation.

  • Light Commercial Buildings
  • Multi-unit high-spec Apartments
  • Churches
  • Houses
  • Renovations
  • Sheds


We tackle tailor-made new residential builds of all kinds, shapes and sizes and have built a diverse number of homes within the Canterbury region.

  • New Zealand Certified Builders Association
  • Licensed Building Practitioner
  • 15 Years of building experience
  • Expert Construction Team