Who We Are?

Howard Construction is a Canterbury based building & construction company specialising in architecturally design homes, tailored to our client specific needs.

Owner/Operator Stu Howard started out as a farm boy in Kaikoura, “Mum always said I was born with a hammer in my hand, as I was growing up there was never any doubt I would become a builder. After 20 years in the trade, I now lead my own team of extremely large boys, an interior designer wife who keeps things looking pretty, an operations manager who runs my life and several groups of subcontractors whom I have complete trust in to do the job right first time, and then very occasionally, I even get the odd weekend away to go hunting. Life is good.”

Our Attitude

Your home is a big deal and a huge expense. It’s really up there with babies and marriages in terms of life milestone! So it’s important that you are looked after throughout the process and your money is well spent on something that will look great and stand the test of time.

We have friendly approachable guys. We get the job done right. We deal with your queries. We see your excitement with the end results. We are hands on, so if you want a builder in a swish suit with a big office you’ve come to the wrong guys.

We want you to enjoy your building experience. We work off referrals and we are always busy, so it’s our absolute priority that you are happy with our speed and quality of work.

Licensed Building Practitioners

Stu Howard

Director and Project Manager:
Stu is a licensed builder and would like to apologise in advance “I won’t look fancy when I meet you as I’m always on site ensuring the job is done right. I will most commonly be found using my powers of OCD to ensure the sites are tidy, clean and safe and progress is tracking smoothly”. Stu’s motto: “Do it once, do it right”

Bobbie Howard

Designer & Wife:
Its very handy being a builder and having a wife with a Bachelor of Design degree. Bobbie handles the design process for you from conception to build, keeping the communication flowing so nothing is missed and the result is you dream home. She does all this whilst handling a rather busy little toddler- don’t ask to see photos or it will never end. Bobbie’s Motto: “I love all colours, as long as its white”.

Bex Hunt

Operations Manager:
Another Kaikoura export. With her approachable manner and super human organisational abilities, she keeps everything under control across all the builds. Bex is a great go-to for our boys, suppliers and clients alike. Based in our office, Bex always has your answers at the tap of her finger tips.


We run our own small crews who focus on getting the job done right and at pace. We run a tight, well-oiled ship which keeps costs down for you and progress at a premium. Our guys are friendly, approachable, trustworthy and extremely handsome. They are always happy to talk you through whatever they are working on.

What Does Howard Construction Offer?

We offer a 100% personalised service.  We offer a warm, welcoming, friendly attitude to building that can’t be achieved in a stark office environment.
We are very experienced and specialise in architectural home builds.
A complete project mangement service.
We can offer a fixed price contract for your build or a more flexible cost + margin open book system may be more suitable to some builds.
We can work with you to design you home, taking in to consideration your ideas, budget, wants and needs.
If you already have a home design you love we can happily price this for you and crack in to this build.
We offer a range of design services from interior design, architectural design right through to landscaping design. We are a one stop shop.
We can create you an original design or set you up with one of our many core architects we regularly work with.