Chris & Shelley

Chris and I have used John Farrell Building for the past 6 years. We have used John Farrell Building to maintain our rental properties. From re-instating a fire damage roof, re-cladding a house with new weatherboards to fitting new door handles. We have also used them for consulting with painting our rental properties, which has made the job run very smoothly for both the tenant and us. We use them because nothing is a problem and they treat the small jobs the same as big jobs. We can rely on them to tell us what needs done and what might need done in the future, this saves us money in the long run.

We have also used John Farrell Building on our own home. Constructing a studio in our garage, closing in an open roof area, remodeling our deck and porch. We will be using John Farrell Building in the future! They are honest, reliable and great workers. I can’t recommend them highly enough.


L&G Holdings Ltd – Project Managers

We are a project management company based in the South Canterbury region.  We have used John Farrell Building on several occasions for a couple of our projects most recently for a remolding/upgrade at a local rest home.  Working in a Rest Home has its own unique challenges and John Farrell Building made the project run very smooth for both us as project mangers and the staff and residents at the rest home. We would not hesitate to use their services again and would highly recommend them for any medium size construction project.


Warwick & Mary McSherrry

We have been involved with John Farrell Building over many years, and would have no hesitation in recommending them for all building work.

We have engaged them on two new home builds , and they  have done several renovations on older homes for us.

Their work is always to a high standard, with minimum delays, and a “no problem” attitude to any difficult situations.


Adrian Kerr, Chalk Farm, Maungati

When wishing to do major alterations to a country house in 2007 I asked trusted friend Kevin Feely:  ‘Who is a really good builder and one who can be trusted to carry-out a project when the owner is frequently absent overseas?’   I added that he needs to be flexible and able to work with the owner on turning concepts and ideas into optimum outcome.  John Farrell was recommended by Kevin.  John carried out the major work superbly, working in stages over several years.  He – and his team – was not only capable but also tolerant and most enjoyable to plan and work with. They make a genuine effort to notify re costing’s even for minor jobs and are conscious of keeping these at a reasonable level.  John has also worked on other properties I have had and is always prepared to do some of the lesser jobs, which might frustrate some. He goes about his work – big or small – with his unique, good humour.

His current ‘foreman’ Jason is a fine addition to the team with complementary communication and administrative skills to round out John Farrell Building and make it a complete product.  I am grateful to John and his team and have absolutely no hesitation in recommendation.


Makikihi Hotel

John Farrell Building carried out the upgrade we did at the Makikihi Hotel. We replaced 90% of all the flooring though the hotel, three new shower rooms, new doors windows, moldings, skirting’s, and a commercial kitchen. The Hotel was open through the whole process witch made it challenging for stuff, and guest, but with John Farrell Building they made this as easy as possible. They made it possible for us to stay operation, which was the key to this project. We still use John Farrell Building today for any jobs we may have and would recommend to anyone needing building work whether it is light commercial or residential