The Craftsmen are a professional and multi-award-winning residential building company based in Taupo. 

Being Master Builders we guarantee our work, offer personal tailored services and will oversee your project from start to finish. We believe in making the build hassle-free, stress-free and pressure-free so you enjoy the process as well as the outstanding outcome. 

We know your renovation or new build is often a once in a lifetime event for you - our aim is to make that the journey as enjoyable as the results are long lasting. 



The Registered Master Builders awards we have won are testament to the exceptional level of workmanship, creativity and innovation that our clients love us for. These awards are highly prestigious and confirm our commitment and the Registered Master Builders Association’s commitment to building excellence.


Local Category Winner 2014 Gold Reserve Award 2014 Gold Award 2014 Gold Reserve Award 2015 Gold Award 2015
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Latest Projects

We take great pride in every one of our building projects. 

We believe in creating relationships that stand the test of time as much as we believe in using materials and craftsmanship that stands the test of time!

We are committed to building excellence! 

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Richard Stewart - Director

Richard Stewart has a passion for building and delivering projects that he’s personally really proud of. His career began in London as a film and television set builder, upon returning home he trained in building high-end residential homes and since then he has worked his way to being a successful business owner and registered master builder.

Rich drives value for clients by ensuring that practical buildability is incorporated into the design identifying opportunities to reduce costs and create better outcomes.

His excellent communication skills make it easy for him to build relationships with clients and his easy nature makes him approachable.

Get in touch with Rich to discuss your next project. 

Email: rich@thecraftsmen.co.nz   Phone: 0274397961

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  • “Richard’s and his team are very professional and they have the ability to make a project enjoyable! Every challenge is discussed and thoughtfully resolved. Richard has built our beach house which is four hours drive away – not being on-site meant that we had to have full trust in his decision making and work ethic.  We couldn’t be happier with the result”. 

  • “Throughout our entire building project there was never a cross word or a bad day with Richard - he made the whole experience a real pleasure. Rich & his team are true craftsmen who put a lot of effort into detail. One aspect of working with them that we thoroughly appreciated was their ability to come up with new & practical ideas to compliment the original design. We are absolutely thrilled with our home & cannot recommend Rich & his team highly enough”. 

  • “Rich and his team are not your “run of the mill” builders.These men are craftsmen!

    Their attention to detail is incredible, their initiative and common sense refreshing, and the finished result really impressive.

    Nothing has been a “hassle” - any issues have been sorted with no stress involved!

    Having a small team who are completely immersed in one house at a time, makes for a smooth operation where everyone is on the same page.

    We have been so lucky to have Rich, Nigel, Tim, Mason and Logan creating our home and would enthusiastically endorse them without hesitation”.

  • We built our future home in Whanarua Bay while living in Austrailia. Rich gave us piece-of- mind by sending photos and keeping us up to date with issues. He made valuable suggestions to change aspects of the build respectfully and most were adopted. He was always very professional, showing concern and respect during some of the more difficult times. His patience is extraordinary and his attention to detail, excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Rich and his team to prospective clients.

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