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The Riva Story

For us, a home is more than a house. Homes are where families are nurtured and memories made. 


We built the home we live in, and we know what a complex and worrying business building your own home can be.

So when we started Riva Homes, we started by asking ourselves: if we were building a new home now, what would we want?


We decided that we’d want to have a builder we could trust. That’s key. We’d also want to be given all the information we need in a simple way we could understand.


We’d want to work with people who really listened to us, and were genuinely helpful. So we set out to make those values the foundations of Riva Homes.


Treating customers as people, not numbers.

Riva Homes was born when Gerad, a Master Builder with 20 years’ experience under his belt, saw a gap in the market.

Together, Danielle and Gerad started Riva Homes with a mission in mind: to create homes that Kiwi families want – not what builders say they can have.


Our Process

We Build Trust

First, we start by listening: we get to know your family and help create the vision for your home – no cookie-cutter solutions here!

Then, we support you to design a dream home that suits your family’s needs.

Next, we’ll help you calculate the costs to suit your budget and agree on a price with no hidden costs.

Third, once the build is underway we’ll communicate with you clearly at every step so you feel informed and can breathe easy, knowing we’ll deliver and by when. We work with like-minded tradespeople who care as much as we do, and we approach the build as an extended team.

All the way along, we’ll give you straight-talking advice and information, anticipating your questions before you’ve even asked. At Riva Homes, we’re confident in our expertise, and we’re happy to pass it on to you.

We’d love to work with you to create your dream home, just the way you want it.

Our Stats

  • 5Years in Business
  • 74New Builds
  • 289Projects
  • 66Repeat Business

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Design Inspiration

Browse through the below gallery from our friends at Houzz to be inspired by a range of beautiful design ideas. From beach-style verandahs to country living rooms and everything in between. Tell us how you want your dream home to look and we’ll make it a reality!


We’re family people, and we know how important a good home is to every Kiwi family.
For ideas and inspiration for your own Riva Home, follow our friends at Houzz on Instagram.


  • Kerb appeal 🏠 Start your renovation project today using the link in our bio. 
Project: @colab_architecture 
Photo: @stephengoodenoughphotographer
  • A piece of romantic countryside in a big city 
Project: @pattersonassociates
Photo: @david_._straight
  • Full of personality, this house is robust yet elegant
Photo: @strachangrouparchitects
  • With a terrace on the roof, this is One of Ohmahas most distinctive new houses 
  • Eclectic modern home seamlessly merging old and new 
Project: Davista Architecture
Project: Amanda Aitken
  • Only 8 days to go! Tell us what you're planning to paint next for your chance to win a $10,000 in Resene paint vouchers and colour consultations! Link in bio^
  • Imagine the panoramic views from this Wanaka home 
Project: @condonscott
  • With cube like volumes, the architecture has relaxation at its heart 
Project: @dorrington_atcheson_architects
  • Watch @gordongram surprise a Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” winner and friend with a gorgeous home renovation on the latest episode of My Houzz -
  • Tell us what you're planning to paint next for your chance to win a $10,000 in Resene paint vouchers and colour consultations! Link in bio^
  • Honest and grounded holiday house in Central Otago 
Project: Mason & Wales Architects
  • Sculptural forms re interpret and challenge traditional notions of living
Project: Right Angle Construction