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.
Gerad Lett – Director and Master Builder
Gerad is our Man of Action, leading every Riva build – making sure your build happens on time and to budget. Married to Danielle, he’s also a Master Builder with more than 20 years’ experience. Gerad manages the build teams and oversees the workmanship that goes into each Riva home. When you see him onsite at your dream-home-in-making, you can expect him to be straight-up but friendly, making sure to build the custom-made home that you want.
Danielle Lett – Marketing and Sales Manager
Danielle is the Riva Marketing and Sales Manager (and everything in between). A mum with 15 years of hands-on experience in business and marketing management, Danielle helps run Riva behind the scenes, delivering the right people and solutions to your project. And like a good host, she’s always up for a laugh. Nothing dims that smile!
Customer Relationship Manager
After our superstar Customer Champion has added to her wee family we need another superstar to shine for the Riva team! Could it be you? Are you sick of the commute to town and an East/South Auckland based job sounds good? Get in touch with us.
Simon - Site Foreman & Builder
Simon started a building apprenticeship at 16, and has worked locally (in East Auckland) for most of his career. He lived in Melbourne for 2 years, before returning to Auckland to start a family with his partner – they now have two young children. When he’s not building, Simon can be found entertaining, with a passion for cooking for friends and family. Simon’s a great asset to the Riva team – and Riva can give him a great opportunity for growth!
Dean - 4th Year Apprentice
Dean got into building as he always wanted to be an architect growing up and coming to the end of his school years he thought may as well do something physical – so why not build. Dean’s our “details man” and enjoys working with fine quality timber and other quality work. In his spare time he likes going fishing or going out with mates. He has a huge passion for travel. Dean believes Riva stands for going that extra mile to take the weight off of the clients shoulders and providing a top quality service. He likes working with a dynamic, young, fit and positive team, where the team always brings good work ethic to the table and strives for the best.
Jimmy - LBP Builder
Jimmy has worked for Riva on and off since 2015 (contracting). He has over 21 years experience in the NZ building industry, including building new homes for large group home builders. He has a great sense of humour and keeps the young guys in check.
Martin - 4th Year Apprentice
Martin started building when he was 19 because he loves working with his hands and always wanted to learn a trade. Martin’s willingness to work and wanting to better himself as a tradesman, and to do his best for the customer, are what makes him a great builder. Working for Riva Homes means he can be part of a great team that clients can trust and rely on consistently. He grew up in Auckland. He loves the outdoors, going fishing and hunting, hiking and skateboarding. He’s proud to say his team are all honest, hard working and reliable people.
Linda graduated from the University Of Southern California (USA) with an accounting degree. She worked in the Finance and Construction department for Intel – a semiconductor manufacturer over 15 years in Taiwan, Singapore and China. Along with her husband Alex and son Theodore, they moved to Auckland in September 2009. Linda has been on the Riva journey since year 2016 as account administrator. She enjoys working with Riva Homes because it is professional, friendly and a results oriented company. During her spare time, Linda likes watching reality TV shows, eating spicy food and exploring new activities.
Our Extended Riva Homes Family
Part of building trust is having a team of contractors and tradespeople we know and have complete confidence in. Our team forms part of the Riva Homes family. These are people and businesses who share our values of treating our customers with respect and of being open and honest. They live up to our strict quality standards and we make sure they deliver a product we can stand by.
“Removing our original home of 20 years to build a new home was a journey we embarked on with a lot of mixed emotions. Riva Homes worked with us from day one to make our vision become our new home and helped ease the uncertainty we had in the pits of our stomaches. The relationship built with the team in the early stages (pre breaking earth) helped us become more excited and go all in without looking back. What really helped us through the build process was the honesty and transparency in the communication with the Team, and the respect, space and time given to us when we needed to make decisions throughout the process. Gerad and the team would give us the information needed to make decisions that were right for us. Any questions along the way, were never too big or too small and always answered. Friends and whanau ask me if I would build again. Our experience with Riva Homes gives me confidence to say a big YES and it would be with RIVA HOMES. Ngā Mihi Nui Gerad, Danielle and Team, we continue to love our home”
“The team at Riva Homes was there from beginning to end. Most difficult was the consenting process that was taken care of and we were kept in the loop through every step. Gerad was there at every stage of the build, keeping us informed, and we were comfortable with what was going on, knowing all we had to do was pick up the phone”
“The guys from Riva Homes are one of the best outfits I’ve worked with in about 5 years. They offer a onestop shop with experienced staff, regularly hitting timeframes and budgets. They are also one of the most affordable and as a property trader, that is so important. They are highly recommended”
“They provide professional services and constructive suggestions. Their replies are always quick . It is easy to communicate. Gerad is patient and kind to answer customer’s question. He always try the best”
Darren, Half Moon Bay
“When we first contacted RIVA HOMES it was Gerad Lett (Master Builder and Director) himself,who came to our place and offered us excellent advice. Since then, as our dealings progressed ,we found Gerad to be very approachable and honest and he took our stress and worries on his shoulders”
“Danielle and Gerad are two true professionals. They will guide you in a friendly, knowledgeable way, explain every detail, answer all your questions in an open and honest way and most of all deliver on their promises. You are in the best hands when you decide to go with RivaHomes. I highly recommend them”
“Riva Homes is trustworthy and they achieved what they promised. They built me a nice home, with good quality materials and within my budget. Looking back at the experience, I made the right choice and would definitely recommend Riva Homes to my friends”
Maggie, Half Moon Bay
“The quality of the service from Riva Homes was 5/5. They said yes to anything we asked of them and the quality of the build itself was excellent. Everyone says our home is the best in the street. It has the WOW factor!”