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quoteTo build a house is a task that may overwhelm a person or a family. It is an effort on industrial scale, it is in a way an over human effort. The builder has to be somebody you can trust and who is capable to put everything together and do it in good time. This is the person that will either destroy your dream of a castle-with-a-view or will literally build it.  My wife and myself chose Mr. Craig Ludlow, a fully certified builder. We did it because we had him before, he renovated our previous house.

Craig does more than just build a house. He creates sweet spots that make the house unique, difficult to leave and easy to sell. He is honest, he is intelligent and inventive, creative. His pallet of skills astonished me many times. He looks younger than he is, the clever old bugger. I would not have anybody else.”

Dr. Jan Miller, FRANZR

Consultant Radiologist

quoteCyclone Wilma hit Whangarei early 2011. A large bank of clay and terraced garden area shifted beneath the ground, causing a natural disaster in our backyard. We employed Craig Ludlow to rebuild a large retaining wall and re-establish a deck area.

On our behalf, Craig communicated with council staff, engineers and architects. His knowledge of council requirements and legalities were invaluable.

Craig contacted Andy Payne, a local reputable digger driver, whom Craig works with often. Together, they reshaped the backyard in preparation for rebuilding. Craig’s hourly rate was very competitive in the local market. He also made suggestions where costs could be kept to a minimum, maintaining cost efficiency, without compromising work quality.

Craig kept to deadlines and on budget. He communicated with us daily, giving feedback about each day’s work and events.

Proven to be trustworthy, honest and hardworking, we felt comfortable to leave our home open to him during the day, while we were at work.

Craig went beyond clean up expectations, by sweeping up, storing tools away safely and tidying up each night, where possible. We are once again proud owners of an awesome, safe backyard.

Due to superb workmanship, we later asked Craig to build a tool shed / man cave!

We highly recommend the workmanship and reliability of Craig - if you need any building done, or suggestions of where to start, contact Craig Ludlow - now trading as Absolute Renovations."

Steve and Tracey,




Ready for re-building
Placing of 7 metre poles
Preparing lower deck area
 Completed Backyard


quote Craig Ludlow has carried out extensive renovations to my property (1 x bathroom, 1 x ensuite, 1 x rumpus room and 2 decks).  As my property is over 100 years old, his renovations have been sympathetic to the style and age of the house.

He is a very honest and reliable man, who is easy and friendly in his approach, who listens to ideas and requirements and incorporates them into the finished product.  He is fastidious and meticulous in his work and his finishing details are impeccable.  He is conscious of budget restraints and will do everything in his power to keep the costs reasonable.

I have no hesitate in recommending him to do a wonderful job and wish him all the best

Tracey Cowan


Call Craig on 027 255 0369 to get started with your dream renovation project now