Up Front Builders

Rhys Johnston

My name is Rhys Johnston, I am a proud New Zealander and I've been working as a builder since 1996. In that time I have come to realize the importance of a few simple things. I founded my business on providing all my clients with a reliable, honest and professional service. It shouldn't be too much for any client to ask, but it seems to be getting more and more difficult to find. So when you work with Up Front Builders you can be sure of these 3 things, AND THAT'S A PROMISE. After 19 years in the business, there's not much I can't do but being Up Front means you'll know whats happening every step of the way!

We specialize in working with families on their new build or renovation projects, my experience has been built working on high end residential and commercial building projects including new builds up to $4m. However, whatever the size and budget I can cater for you. My greatest strength is managing your entire project from onset until completion.

We aim for 100% Customer Satisfaction.

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  • Services

    • Renovations and Alterations (Major)
    • Residential - Design and Build (You Design)
    • Residential - Full Build (Others Design)
    • Bathroom and Kitchens - Renovations
  • Areas Serviced

    • Auckland
  • Builders Details

    Name: Rhys Johnston

    Registration No: AN03609

    NZCB ® Member since: 04/04/2013


  • If you are after a building team that can deliver exceptional quality and communicate openly and honestly with you at every step of the building process, then we would highly recommend Upfront Builders to you. Rhys and the Upfront Builders team are highly skilled, qualified builders who demonstrate excellent skill and craftsmanship – the quality of their finishing is to the highest of standards. They have created our dream home for us, turning our vision and our architect’s designs into reality and ensuring at all times compliance with the council building consent. Upfront Builders completed a major renovation of our 1950s 3-bedroom weatherboard home, transforming it into a 5 bedroom home with open plan living, new kitchen and bathrooms, double garage and extensive outdoor decking and stairs. Rhys communicated with us regularly and uses the latest technology to keep you well informed. He provides added value with his superior project management expertise. But above all he has integrity and is honest and someone we completely trusted with the biggest financial and emotional decision of our lives. Highly, highly recommended!

    Naomi & John Strudwick, Hillcrest, Auckland

  • "Rhys and the team he managed took our 1950's weatherboard cottage from a never been renovated old house to a professional, modern home. The work he managed was extensive and structural. Given the renovation was on an old timber house, with plenty of issues, Rhys was excellent in communicating every option every step of the way. He always went to great effort to find the best possible solutions both in terms of finish quality and cost effectiveness. I highly recommend Rhys Johnston to manager any project - large or small."

    Jamie & Charlotte Hunt, Milford, Auckland

  • My in-laws come to visit for 4 months a year. Rhys built us a sleep out to stop me losing my sanity! He and his team were a dream to work with. The project was finished on time, on budget and with little fuss, apart of course for the mud (rain I guess is one of the few things Rhys can't control!).

    Jason and Emily Willis, Greenhithe, Auckland