EcoZip Adventures

As partners in EcoZip Adventures we were on a very sensitive timeframe to have all works completed before the busy summer season on Waiheke Island. Bart and his team worked tirelessly and also creatively to complete what is now a stunning piece of real estate at the top of Trig Hill Road on time and on budget. We will forever be grateful in the years ahead that we had the business sense and good fortune to choose Bart Haub and Haven Waiheke as our general contractor.

If you are considering a building project on Waiheke Island I would run not walk to Bart’s door. It will be the best real estate related decision you will ever make. If you would like to call one of us for a live reference we would be delighted to assist.

Chris Hollister, Gavin Oliver & Jeremy Zinzan
Partners, EcoZip Adventures Waiheke Island

Miro Road

This is an unsolicited letter of reference highly recommending the quality workmanship and professionalism of Bart Haub, Director and the employees of Haven Waiheke, Ltd.

If you are in the market for a quality builder, with integrity and excellent work ethic, look no further. Hire this company. We contracted with Bart to build our home in Palm Beach, Waiheke Island, New Zealand. The unimproved site was very challenging which included thick bush, a steep slope, water course, a protected pohutukawa tree, a low slung power line and very limited egress and parking from the road frontage due to the tight no exit street. Bart located the services of an architect, Vaughn McQuarrie who designed a beautiful, unique and creative building which complemented the site.

From start to finish Bart maintained excellent, forthright communication with us on the building progress through email, skype, telephone calls and photographs. We greatly appreciated the constant contact and updates since we lived overseas until 98% completion of the construction. Each month we received complete documented copies of all trades invoices and services for our job through his very able accounts assistant, Erin. Bart was always willing to discuss options and pricing. He carefully selected all needed consultants, beginning with the resource consent, tree report and geotechnical report. All subcontractors, and Haven employees were held to very high standards of quality and as a result we are thrilled with the finished product.

Dr. George Fenigsohn LPC & Leigh Fenigsohn MPA

Villa Cascata

Bart Haub led the Haven Waiheke team on a comprehensive renovation of our Waiheke home between August 2088 and November 2009. The project consisted of adding a unique ‘loggia’ area to the home as well as extensive renovations of all major systems and interior finish-outs. The total cost of the project was approximately $1.50M.

By way of background, I have been involved in commercial development since 1986. As CEO of a heath care company in the U.S. I have personally directed the development of dozens of projects totally more that $150M in value and been involved in other capacities in my career in over $1 billion worth of development.

I can say unequivocally that Bart and his team at Haven Waiheke are the best general contract I have ever worked with in any capacity. The process of planning and completing the project was professional, cordial, and always kept out final goals in mind. We made several modifications as things progresses and everything was handled without a hitch.

The communication throughout the process was seamless. Bart was almost always available on cell and if he missed a call he always called right back. His invoices were timely and easy to understand.

I will tell this story to illustrate Bart’s commitment to service. The job was almost complete and Bart knew we had overseas guests arriving shortly to enjoy our new home. One of the signature features of the loggia addition was a pizza oven and fireplace. Bart took it upon himself to cut a large quantity of Manuka wood for us so we would be able to enjoy the fireplace when our friends arrive.

Haven Waiheke completed our project on time and on budget. To say there were no issues would be wrong since you always have issues with construction and development. What I can say without hesitation is Bart’s response to any issues always met or exceeded our expectations.
We are delighted with our new home and Bart and Haven Waiheke even made the process enjoyable.

Chris Hollister

Victoria Road South

Comments from Prue and David Bower:

Had a great experience with Haven after finding them via “design and build Waiheke’ on Google. Key items were...

  • Bart summed us up very quickly and drove the design process with his team to match our requirements.
  • Has kept every commitment he made
  • We felt he took ownership of ‘our’ project and would not let anything happen he was not personally happy with.
  • Very fussy with his subcontractors
  • Finished the job earlier than expected
  • Was up front with the cost of variations.
  • Built a relationship with is which we felt very comfortable with
  • Have had very positive complements from other builders who have watched the project with interest.

Overall would recommend him to anyone building on Waiheke

David & Prue Bower

The Strand

We were very happy with Haven and the work Bart and his team did. The quality of the construction is excellent and the ideas that Bart and his team contributed was invaluable.

Like any cost plus contract, it is difficult to predict or keep costs contained. Whilst the project cost more than we anticipated, a lot of this was due to changes we made (or needed to make) as well as conforming to what is a rather expensive building code when construction is so close to the sea. We would of course have preferred things to have cost less and happened quicker but I believe we got value for money and over time will be far more important that an less expensive or rushed job.

As absentee owners we really had to depend on Haven and Bart and overall we would have to say we are very happy with the result.

Terry Dunn