Our Story

A family business

“Respect, integrity, open communication and always keeping to our word has differentiated David Magill Builders from others in the industry for more than 35 years. We never take the ‘over promise, under deliver’ approach.”

Craig Freeman, Company Director

Introducing David Magill Builders

David Magill Builders is a South Island wide construction, design and build company. Specialising in architectural and complex builds, we have forged an award-winning, 35 year reputation for excellence.

We combine carpentry craftsmanship with modern technology solutions and thrive on a challenge.

David Magill Builders provides the following services:

  • Design & Build
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Project Management
  • Light Commercial Building Construction
  • Multi-Level Builds
  • Lifestyle Rural Builds
  • Property Development

Started by David Magill in 1985, the company is now owned by Craig and Renee Freeman. We have completed building projects throughout the South Island and will travel to any location to undertake new work.

Our management team has experience across a wide range of industries, ensuring we are well placed to meet client expectations. This includes strong problem solving skills and a commitment to delivering on projects safely, within budget and on time. All of the carpentry teams we use, as well as sub-trades, align with our company ethics and values of quality workmanship.

David Magill Builders is an approved member of the New Zealand Master Builders Association, and is a Licensed Building Practitioner. Our team are all site safe passport qualified, and first aid qualified.


Craig Freeman is a man who seriously loves a good challenge.

After working for David Magill Builders for more than 20 years, Craig and his wife Renee bought the company before founder David Magill’s retirement in 2016. After serving with the New Zealand Defence Force, Craig worked for the company as an apprentice. From there, he became Foreman and then Operations Manager – it’s fair to say he knows the company inside and out. He is also a Licenced Building Practitioner.

“My goal has been to combine the traditions, standards and values, that have been the hallmarks of the David Magill Builders brand over the past 35 years, with my own vision for the company,” Craig says. “The industry-wide credibility of our brand is a testament to the hard work of our team members, both past and present.”

Craig enjoys the constantly evolving nature of the design and construction sectors and sees change as a positive. One thing that is a constant with David Magill Builders is its unwavering commitment to clients and ensuring each project is an enjoyable process from start to finish.

Outside of work, Craig is a family man who loves spending time with Renee and their three daughters. He also enjoys hunting, diving, fishing and taking his motorbike out for a spin.