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About Us


Hi, we are Craig & Nicky Lipscombe, and a very warm welcome to our website! We are Waiuku locals with 3 children, our eldest Cody who is a qualified Builder, Tara who is studying Engineering at Canterbury Uni, and the youngest Keely who is in her last year of College.


After Craig spent nearly 20 years on the tools as a qualified Builder & Project Manager, and Nicky in

Accounts, we started Designmax in August 2006 to provide our Community with an experienced Design & Build construction solution, utilizing as many of our local Tradespeople as possible. Over the years we have constructed well over 200 unique homes & sheds amongst other projects, and have built a strong, knowledgeable team around us, currently consisting of 4 qualified Builders & 3 Apprentices on site, with 2 Draftsmen and a Marketing position assisting us in the office.


Recently we rebranded as Designmax Homes to cement our place in the custom homes market, and to have a fresh approach as we up our game for the future. It is often forgotten that by using local Tradespeople, you are not only investing back into your Community, you are ensuring you receive a service that will be backed up by a local, rather than employing someone from out of town who floats in, then out, never to be seen again.

Meet the team


John Van De Saandt

LBP & Foreman


Qualified Builder

Ashton Sione

Qualified Builder


Braydon Thompson

Qualified Builder

Liam Capes

Apprentice Builder 


Apprentice Builder 


Brooke Druyven


Yadharsh Yathin

Lead Architectural Technician

Asics Kapa

Junior Draftsman

Brooke Druyven


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