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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

  • 6Years in Business
  • 77New Builds
  • 293Projects

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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.


  • We are excited to recognise the 2020 Best of Houzz award winners! Congratulations to all those who received awards in the design, service and photography categories. Click the link in our bio to see our design winners. 
#bestofhouzz2020 #houzzawards
  • Mid-century modern vibes with a spectacular view! Project by @smithconstructionnzlimited. Get more inspiration from the link in our bio.
  • We love this study nook by @mcdonald.kathrine! Get more home inspiration with the link in our bio. 📷 @aaitkenphotographynz
  • Watch @kateupton surprise her sister with a thoughtful home renovation on the latest My Houzz episode. Link in bio. #myhouzz #interiordesign
Designer: @motivohome
  • We’re loving how fresh this kitchen looks thanks to pops of gold and beautiful greenery. Get more inspiration from the link in our bio. 
Project: @stylemyabodenz 
Photo: @helenbankers
  • See the surprise renovation Neil Patrick Harris (@nph) pulled off at his brother’s home on the latest My Houzz! Link in bio.
Designers: @samueldesigngroup
© Houzz 
#myhouzz #interiordesign
  • Subway tiles are the perfect backdrop to an oversized mirror. Kick start your reno today with the link in our bio. 🏠

Project: @emma_brown_x 
Photo: @christall.lowe
  • Take a look at this beautifully designed industrial-style kitchen. Get started on your kitchen renovation today using the Houzz app. 
Project: @dorrington_atcheson_architects 
Photo: @emma_jane_hetherington
  • The hills are alive with this beautiful hilltop house! Get started on your renovation today with the link in our bio 🔨

Project: @turnerroadarchitecture 
Photo: @aaphotographynz
  • If there is a heaven, it must be here! ✨ Congratulations @malcorboy on this winning design. 
Photography: Kallan MacLeod
  • A winning kitchen for sure! Congratulations @goldkitchens! 
Photo: @markscowen_photography
  • A deserving Best of Houzz design by @allfreysoutharchitects. Congrats!

Photo: @stephengoodenoughphotographer