Often an architect will suggest a builder that they have used before, or put the job out for tender.
You need to get at least three builders to tender, even if you have a builder in mind. Let them all know that this is competitive pitch and if a tender comes in very different from the others, ask why.
It's important that the builder is either a Registered Certified Builder; and a member of the Certified Builders Association of NZ, or a member of the Master Builders Federation. By using a builder from either organisation you are guaranteed a high level of tradesmanship, business skill and professionalism. They also offer, for a small cost, a guarantee, which is worth it's weight in gold. This assures you that any faults in the workmanship or materials will be put right.
Make sure you get to know your builder and that he has a clear idea of what you have in mind. You will be working very closely with your builder, and the more they know about what you want, the better a job they can do for you.
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