We build architecturally designed, award winning homes to budget. Guaranteed.

Architectural quality builds

Foothold Developments are Nelson based builders who specialise in architecturally designed homes.

When you’ve taken the time and gone to the expense of employing an architect, it is only fair and reasonable to expect that same level of quality from your building company. And that’s why we are here.

We exist to convert your architects’ plan into a reality and create a home that does not compromise on the integrity of the original design. We are craftsmen who always deliver on quality and on price.

Consistent ‘House of the Year Award' winners

Over the last decade Foothold Developments has been recognised at the Master Builders Awards every year.

We consistently win Gold and Local Category awards. Four of our houses have also gone to Nationals, three new builds and one renovation. This puts them in the enviable position of being amongst the top 100 houses built in New Zealand.

In 2014 we received a Gold, Gold Reserve, Lifestyle, Sustainable and Local Category Winner Awards.  

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On budget guarantee

Unlike other building companies, Foothold Developments guarantee to stay on budget for your entire building project.

We can do this because we have our own sophisticated budgeting system that details every cost involved in building your architecturally designed home.  

Our comprehensive system is designed to give you flexibility of choice and total control over where your money is spent. Once completed we will deliver our quote and this is what you will pay, guaranteed.

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Recognised industry accreditations

To give you added confidence we are a Registered Master Builder and Licensed Building Practioner.   

The Master Builders brand is a well recognised hallmark of quality that has been in the industry for over 100 years. It also means you have the option of receiving additional assurance by investing in one of their 10 year Master Build Guarantees.

As an approved Licensed Building Practioner we meet all Government prerequisites and have priority when it comes to processing legal applications and paperwork on your project. 

What our customers say about us

Everyone in business says they're good at what they do, but what really matters is what their clients say about them.
We believe the following testimonials speak for themselves.

a very positive experience for us.
"Foothold provided high quality services at all stages of our building project. We were particularly impressed with its open style of communication, and for the various positive suggestions offered that improved the final product. Foothold's budgeting and reporting system was very clear and detailed, this is a well designed system and professionally managed. Having a builder that is competent, driven by high quality standards, very approachable and with sound financial management certainly made this building project a very positive experience for us."
L R and T R Heron
Tasman Heights, Nelson
not once did I have to question any aspect of the job.
"I found the total Foothold team very professional and the standard of workmanship outstanding. Our home was quite an undertaking, with, what was then, a relatively new product in Hebel Block. The project took 16 months and not once did I have to question any aspect of the job. Should I be building again I will certainly be employing Foothold and have no problem whatsoever in recommending them to anyone else."
Graeme Hutchins
Redwood Valley
we would not want to change a thing.
"Foothold Developments handled our extremely difficult project with smooth efficiency, professionalism and complete lack of stress for our part. Their excellent team of craftsmen turned our nasty abyss of a site into a beautiful four bedroom home where everything just flows and ‘works’ like a dream. At all stages we were consulted and kept informed. We would not want to change a thing. With the right people, building your own home can be a thoroughly exciting and satisfying experience and we live the proof of this every day."
Dr & Mrs J C Anderson
we did not run over budget at all.
"Our architect recommended Foothold Developments as a professional and reliable building company. After viewing some of their previous work we could see they had the skills and expertise to help realise our vision. Their process meant that we did not run over budget at all. We had very definite ideas of what we wanted and Foothold completely grasped our vision. We were very pleased with the superior standards Foothold demanded of their own team and subcontractors, and have since recommended Foothold Developments to others."
Adrienne Taylor
Mapua, Tasman
Would we choose Foothold again? Without hesitation the answer is yes.
Foothold were not prepared to compromise in terms of quality on our behalf and unbeknownst to us demanded the same from suppliers and employees, sending back materials that didn’t meet their standards or having work redone. The budgeting system allowed us to keep an eye on the money and was amazingly accurate. Our home won its Category and a Silver Award in Nelson that year in the Master Builders House of the Year Awards. Would we choose Foothold again? Without hesitation the answer is yes."
Anita & Edward Kelling
the Foothold Team has exceeded my expectations across the board
With the construction of my own house almost complete it is a pleasure to confirm what I have already said in person - namely that the Foothold Team has exceeded my expectations across the board. I have been fortunate to have worked with many fine builders over a life-long career in the construction industry, and I can say without hesitation that your team - both your own staff and your subcontractors - rank with the best.
Lindsay Wood
All our questions and concerns were given immediate attention
This was our first experience in building a home so we were somewhat apprehensive at the outset. However the whole process from start to finish went extremely smoothly. It was evident that every member of the Foothold team took pride in their work and the attention to detail and craftsmanship was of the highest quality. All our questions and concerns were given immediate attention and Mick and his team always made us feel our home was their top priority. The end result met all our expectations and without hesitation we would recommend Foothold to anyone looking to build.
David and Jill Bishop
Waimea West, Tasman
The attention to detail was unparalleled
"We have to say, hand on heart, that working with Foothold Developments has been a very enjoyable process, culminating in a well-deserved Master Builders Award. Any (few) challenges, and follow-ups were dealt with promptly and professionally. We can’t rate the team highly enough and would definitely engage them again, without hesitation."
Michael Voerman & Yvonna Hofsteede
Redwood Valley