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When your livelihood depends on it, you want to make sure that your commercial building or office fit-out looks great, and is completed within budget and the required timeframe. BuildSmart can undertake full renovations, complete an internal fit out of a commercial premises or build from new.

Project managing the job ensures the job is completed efficiently, on time and on budget, with minimum disruption to any business occupying the premises. We have a selection of trusted loyal contractors who we can rely on to fit within our time schedule, ensuring the job runs smoothly.

We specialise in small to medium commercial construction including:

  • Shops, offices
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars
  • Maintenance fit outs & repairs
  • Studio office fit out or build
  • Shop fitting
  • Office fit out
  • General light commercial structures

The BuildSmart team take pride in their ability to work with clients, whether you’re refurbishing your current space or starting a light commercial building from scratch, we’ll turn your plans into reality.
BuildSmart can fit out your shop, café, or commercial building, quickly and efficiently. Our commitment to you is to pour the same outstanding expertise and professionalism into your shop fit out as we do into all of our building work.

We have been fortunate to work with many fantastic Dunedin businesses on a number of projects. A real point of difference is our experience working with out of town business owners, whom we have sent regular updates via video, ensuring variations are communicated clearly, leaving no suprises. Take some time to look through our testamonials or view our gallery below to get an idea of what we can do for you.

BuildSmart Core Values


Doing the right thing even when no one is watching. All our staff have been handpicked by Director Glen Williamson, so you can be assured that any member working on your site will treat it with respect and integrity from the start to the finish of your build.

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Best practice workmanship

BuildSmart workmanship is always of the highest quality in the building industry. Our pride in the work we provide reflects the quality finish your build will receive.

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Excellent Communication

Communication is key in achieving a successful build. BuildSmart work with you closely from the very start until completion, making sure nothing has been missed and that all your expectations have been met.
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Our clients all sing our praises, you can read our testimonials to see how our past clients enjoyed working with the BuildSmart team.
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Why Choose BuildSmart


We are Licensed Building Practitioners and our builders are trade qualified. This means we have been assessed and considered competent to build and renovate homes to NZ standards.

Quality Assurance


You can rest assured your project will be completed to the highest level of workmanship, checked and signed off against our BuildSmart checklist.

Excellent Communication


Communication is the key to any successful project, whether it’s with the sub trades, owners, tenants or property managers. BuildSmart use the latest technology to make sure everyone is kept well informed.

Full Project Management


BuildSmart provides full building and project management services. We can take care of the whole process, from having plans drawn up, lodging consent with council to co-ordinating the sub-trades.

Registered Certified Builders


Our team members are part of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand. This means you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that only qualified builders are working on your project.

We are trusted


Clients choose to return to us. Our friendly honest approach and commitment to quality has earned their trust.

Director – Glen Williamson (Renovations Expert)

Director – Shane Crossan (New Builds Expert)

Get in touch TODAY to book in your FREE consultation with Shane Crossan – (Director of BuildSmart) Getting us involved at the start of your build reduces the risk of anything going WRONG. There is a lot to consider, so why not put your feet up and relax, while the professionals at BuildSmart take over your project.

    Book in your FREE consultation TODAY with director Shane Crossan. BuildSmart GUARANTEES you a STRESS FREE build. BOOK ME IN

    BuildSmart Testimonials

    • Flavia Wilson

      We chose Buildsmart to assemble our new Allwood kitset studio, a job which turned out more complicated than anticipated.

      Thankfully the well-oiled team at Buildsmart stepped up to the challenge and now we have an adorable, sturdy, Dunedin-proofed (weather-wise) mezzanine studio-sleepout in our backyard. This was the first time we had used Buildsmart, but for future builds and renovations we wouldn’t have anyone else!

    • Tim Calder

      Buildsmart manage the repairs, maintenance, and renovations on all my student investment properties, while I’m based in Germany.

      Thanks to their advanced use of the latest technology I receive videos of quotes, project updates, and suggestions which makes it very easy to understand what’s involved. I also receive PDF quotes and invoices directly into my Xero accounting software so I can easily keep track of expenditure. What I like most about Buildsmart is that like me they are constantly thinking about my properties, what I can do to improve them, and even send me a short email & video if they spot something untoward if they happen to be in the area driving past one of them. Buildsmart really make it easy and affordable to manage investments which gives me great confidence while based overseas.

    • Chris Crooks
      We engaged with Buildsmart to install a wall and cavity slider in our master bedroom as well as paint the exterior of our home. We were thrilled that Buildsmart were able to begin and finish both jobs within our expected time-frame, with both completed to a high standard. There were a few times during the project where communication could have been a bit better (this was generally around the delivery and moving of the scaffolding), however with the job now complete we have nothing but praise and gratitude to the team at Buildsmart who did everything they could to ensure they met our deadlines. We would have no hesitation in recommending or engaging with Buildsmart in the future. Thank you Glen and the rest of the team at Buildsmart!!

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    How we work with you

    We are with you every step of your renovation process

    1 Initial contact. When you contact us we will discuss your wants and needs for your building project, to make sure we can offer the service you require. Then we will arrange a time and place convenient for us to meet you for a more in-depth discussion.
    2Feasibility. At this stage, you will be provided with a price estimate for project viability. BuildSmart will then initiate a concept design/drawing (depending on the project we may need the concept drawing before estimates can be given)
    3Plans Drawn.Spending extra time at the planning stage of your project is crucial to avoid costly delays while the build is under way. Final working drawings need to go to our local council for building consent. BuildSmart will take care of this process for you.
    4Quote Given.After initial plans have been drawn up BuildSmart will then provide you with an estimate/quote as soon as all details are finalised (this can include a full breakdown of all materials, labour and subcontractors)
    5Contract Signed.At this stage, Any building project over $30,000 must have a signed contract. BuildSmart take this process very seriously, you can feel confident the development of one of your biggest asset is in safe hands.
    6The Build Begins.Communication is the key to any successful project, whether it’s with the sub trades, tenants, property managers or owners.  BuildSmart use the latest technology to make sure this happens. You can rest assured there will be no surprises at the end because you will always be well informed.
    7The Build Is Complete.After completing our comprehensive BuildSmart checklist, all documentation will be presented to the building inspector for your code of compliance certificate. We will provide you with the Certified Builders Halo guarantee and all information relating to your job. Last but not least, as our gift to you, we will organise for your home to be cleaned by a commercial cleaning company.

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    What are the next steps from here?

    Get started with BuildSmart today.

    Request a free design to build consultation

    • Contact us today to arrange your session (valued at $285) with Glen or Shane (Managing directors). We will meet with you to help get your dream project underway.
    • In this free consultation, Glen and Shane can discuss site development options, budget, council requirements and potential plans.
    • We also work in with a number of draughtsman and architects that can help put your ideas on paper.

    BuildSmart client’s will receive a complimentary gift which includes:

    • A professional clean of your home, leaving it spotless and ready to use when the keys are handed over.
    • A free session with a professional colour consultant, to ensure you get exactly what you’ve envisaged for your renovation.

    *conditions apply

    Get started today on your
    Dream Renovation or New Build

    Simply fill in the form below and our team will be in touch to schedule your consultation, or you can call us on 021 2BUILD 1

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