JDK Construction Ltd / Builders in Albany

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  • 20%
    "Working with John De Kwant had been very frustrating and stressful.

    We were naive to have an opening contract with JDK. Before this experience, we thought all builders could build the house at similar costs and havent done much research before engaging JDK. The experience with JDK was frustrating and stressful. ( To avoid the same experience, we recommend all people seek solicitor opinion before engaging a builder)

    John used to be very good in small jobs, however, his communication/experiences in a big project was terrible, where most of our requests were being ignored. And the cost of the job were terribly inflated too. ___________________ From the cost perspective: Costs were inflated by 10% to 100% in most items. // We compared the standard concrete price of similar new build projects afterwards. While most people were paying $220 - $230 including GST, we were charged $281.75/cubic meter including GST before JDKs margin (which is likely at retail price). Just the concrete and block grout is estimated to have an unreasonable cost increase of $4K. The bricklaying which was ordinary finish and about 90sqm, was ridiculously priced over $40k. // He gave us a quote of driveway at over $180/sqm, and by that time we realized how much he was overcharging us, and we engaged a separate contractor who finished our driveway including the excavation at $85/sqm including GST, with the same exposed aggregate finish. _______________________ Experiences( just a few examples): We experienced delays or problems with almost all suppliers or sub-contractors of JDK. // Unexplained and unreasonable subcontractor\'s delays included (but not limited to) steel beam, roofer, bricklayer, drainlayer, gib, stair, insulation // Two weeks’ delay in steel beam delivery // Builder told me (yes, John never tell you a thing directly) that John said roofers not working under rain, however, it was a rainy day when the roofers were coming back to finish the Job. // Stair turned up 4 weeks after the measurements were done. // A whole month\'s delay for bricklaying was unexplained. // The front timber door turned up 5mm too long, and his builder spent almost a whole day on it. John blamed the Joinery supplier for wrong size given in front of his builder .. however, John didnt remember he texted my husband the size that was exactly 5mm less three months ago. // John instructed his drainlayer to change the water tank location, without consulting the Auckland Council whether an amendment was needed. We ended up having to redo the stormwater piping. We were astounded that as an experienced builder, John De Kwant didn\'t realize amendment was required to change the water tank location. // John told his builder he wanted to change to Elephant board from Gib boards, as Elephant board could do delivery a week earlier (not a single word to us directly before he made this decision). Luckily, my husband insisted on ordering gib … and surprisingly, gib was delivered within three working days after we asked for it. We later learned changing to Elephant board could be a disaster, we could have a failed post line inspection as the bracing of the house is designed with Gib baord not Elephant board, and then we might have to wait a few months for Amendment to be approved before we could keep things moving. I would be very amazed if John De Kwant didnt realize that! // The insulation was done two weeks after measurements, surprisingly slow. // Also, John De Kwant kept his builder in our job regardless of the delays, and charged us for the time spent on waiting."

    Rating by: Bonnie  |  Rating posted: 5 days, 1 hour and 19 minutes ago  |  Contact: John De Kwant  |  Job date: Mar, 2016
    Communication: 0%  |  Quality: 80%  |  Reliability: 0%  |  Value: 0%
    5 days, 1 hour and 19 minutes agoMore details…
  • 83%
    "John used to be very good in small job, and can tell you the approx. cost of all aspects of building sub-contracts instantly. However, in a large renovation that was cost plus, I was surprised that he started to forget lots of things, forget to confirm the cost of sub-contractor before they were started, forget to arrange a screen barrier on the deck which I reminded him several times from the second day of the project, and therefore caused slowness. It is even a big surprise that two months after the renovation completed, I received a plumbing invoice on the day I left New Zealand for two weeks and when John's team were working on another job of mine. Other than the communication and cost, John's team has done a good job."
    Rating by: Kwong  |  Rating posted: 22nd Oct  |  Contact: John De Kwant  |  Job date: Mar, 2016
    Communication: 70%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 70%
    22nd OctMore details…
  • 100%
    "I contacted JDK Construction through this website and have nothing but praise for this builder. Not only did John respond within the week to the request for a quote, he was able to meet me onsite a week later to discuss the job. My job was simple (relining the walls, insulating and lining the exposed beams in the roof) but bespoke on account of the strange house layout but after passing on what I was aiming for, he made sure the team delivered. He gave straight forward advice for other plans in the future and despite a number of unplanned events (ant nests found in the walls, surprise replacement of gas line for the oven, recutting curtain rails), John maintained his cool, got the job done, and kept me up to date with progress on his own time. When he wasn't able to be on the job, he left Andrew to manage who was just as able."
    Rating by: Donna  |  Rating posted: 28th May, 2014  |  Contact: John  |  Job date: Feb, 2014
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    28th May, 2014More details…
  • 93%
    "It was a pleasure working with John. The quality of the workmanship was outstanding and we highly recommend his company."
    Rating by: William  |  Rating posted: 14th Nov, 2013  |  Contact: John de Kwant  |  Job date: Jul, 2013
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 80%
    14th Nov, 2013More details…
  • 100%
    "John has completed our Kitchen renovation and he has been a pleasure to work in with and has been extremely helpful and him and his team have done a superb job - we would highly recommend John and his team to anyone who is looking for a reliable excellent builder"
    Rating by: Carolyn  |  Rating posted: 10th Jul, 2013  |  Contact: John  |  Job date: Jun, 2013
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    10th Jul, 2013More details…
  • 100%
    "We advertised on No Cowboys for a Tradesman and JDK was one of a number who replied to us. John was easy to communicate with and his estimate was well presented and detailed so we understood all the costs, Extra work was always discussed with us . The work was completed and our house left clean & tidy. We would not hesitate to recommend JDK to anyone requiring building work to be done."
    Rating by: David  |  Rating posted: 12th May, 2013  |  Contact: John  |  Job date: Apr, 2013
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    12th May, 2013More details…
  • 100%
    "We had a retaining wall falling into disrepair that was also causing issues with the support of our deck. JDK Construction replaced the retaining wall and secured the structure under the deck. We are extremely pleased with how the job has turned out, excellent quality of work which has really improved the look of our section and no doubt increased the value of the property. I would highly recommend JDK Construction."
    Rating by: Nigel   |  Rating posted: 19th Mar, 2013  |  Contact: John De Kwant  |  Job date: Mar, 2013
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    19th Mar, 2013More details…
  • 95%
    "A friend recommended JDK when we were considering renovating. They said; \"he isn\'t the cheapest, but he does a quality job, it cost how much he said it would, he showed up when he said he would, his sub-contractors were all good AND he tidied up!\".
    We found every word of this to be true and I can not rave enough about this great guy and his excellent team. Our job wasn\'t without hiccoughs, but in John, you get a great project manager.
    We are now back in our house, the site is being cleaned up and the job is being finished. We asked for a fixed price contract and, even though we got a shock at first about how much these things really cost, we didn\'t get a shock at the end with unexpected or inflated bills - unlike so many of my friends who used builders who almost always quoted a cheap price to get the job, then charged double. Cheapest isn\'t always the best. Seriously consider this company.
    Rating by: Sophia  |  Rating posted: 16th Dec, 2012  |  Contact: John De Kwant  |  Job date: Dec, 2012
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 90%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 100%
    16th Dec, 2012More details…
  • 100%
    "John and his team are fantastic builders. They are reliable, hard working and want to do the best possible job. They take pride in their work, and it shows! We were lucky in having them build our dream home, and we highly recommend JDK."
    Rating by: Henk  |  Rating posted: 5th Sep, 2009  |  Contact: John De Kwant  |  Job date: Jan, 2006
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    5th Sep, 2009More details…
  • 100%
    "Fantastic builder! He is very helpful, friendly & reliable. Good estimation of time & cost. He provided attention to detail and a great finish. A true craftsman! I highly recommend him."
    Rating by: Natasha  |  Rating posted: 5th Mar, 2007  |  Contact: John De Kwant  |  Job date: Aug, 2006
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    5th Mar, 2007More details…

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