Who We Are

Avenue Homes Design Build Limited is a family business with over 25 years’ experience in the building industry. We pride ourselves on building high end, architecturally designed homes of the highest quality as well as have proven experience in assisting with your renovation, refurbishment and landscaping requirements.

Our projects are completed with precision in which we provide an exemplary level of craftsmanship worthy of your trust and investment. We pride ourselves on our ability to constantly deliver superior homes on time while continuing to possess a high level of professional integrity.

Through dedication and hard work we have established strong relationships with leading architects, designers and clients alike. We provide consistency and reliability by using proven experienced sub-contractors and suppliers which ensure we can maintain and deliver exacting standards and results. We have a loyal, hardworking team who promote team work, are forward thinking and embrace new technologies, materials and products.

Avenue Homes Design Build Limited is a Licensed Building Practitioner, Registered Master Builder and a Registered Site Safe member.

John Calvin


John has been developing and managing companies for an impressive 35 years. His career has seen him successfully own and operate importing, multi store, retail, distribution, building and wholesale operations.

Having run both large and small organisations, John knows first-hand the challenges that any business can bring. John has established a reputation as a trusted, high quality builder, who is always looking after the clients best interests. He provides experienced business leadership and a wealth of knowledge.

John enjoys building strong relationships with clients and takes an enormous amount of pride in constructing high end, architectural designed homes to withstand the unpredictable Canterbury conditions. He is a qualified carpenter and enjoys being hands on and spending time on site.

Along with managing and developing the growth of the Avenue Homes, John is also a mentor for Business Mentor New Zealand. He has a keen interest in sport, fishing, rugby, boating, golf, hunting and spending time with his family.


  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Diploma in FMgt
  • National Certificate in Carpentry LBP
  • MInstD MAICD
  • Mentor for Business Mentor New Zealand (BMNZ)

Ben Calvin


Ben’s attention to detail is second to none. He provides an exemplary level of workmanship and takes an enormous amount of pride in his projects. He believes that communication is imperative when managing a project and enjoys building key relationships with his clients and colleagues. He has a wealth of knowledge in relation to earthquake repair work and is an exceptional project manager.

Ben has worked for Avenue Homes for the duration of his NZ building career and during that time, also travelled to the UK to work and explore the northern hemisphere. He believes in encouraging professionalism and team work and works closely with clients to ensure he delivers exemplary results.

Ben studied a Bachelor of Commerce at Lincoln University, however, always had a keen interest in construction so continued his tertiary education by completing his Trade Certificate in Carpentry in 2006.

Ben enjoys cricket, boating, playing the guitar, fishing, snowboarding, travelling and rugby.


  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • NZQA Pre Trade Carpentry Certificate
  • National Certificate in Carpentry

Sam Calvin


Sam has been building for an impressive 15 years and has successfully managed both large and small award winning building projects throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Sam has worked with a number of New Zealand and Australia’s leading architects and has first-hand experience with new technologies, materials and products. With extensive project management, construction and product knowledge, he brings a wealth of proficiency to any building site. He is forward thinking and continuously delivers outstanding results.

Sam has an eye for detail and he enjoys working with clients to build high quality, high end homes. Sam has strong people and time management skills which have proven to be invaluable in the construction industry.

Sam played a season of professional rugby in the UK and also enjoys playing golf, boating, fishing, hunting, water-skiing, snowboarding and traveling.


  • National Certificate in Carpentry
  • Certificate in Advanced Carpentry
  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (AUS)