About Us

We are an experienced and friendly team of builders and tradesmen, focussed on providing high quality and personalised services throughout all of our new home, renovation and recladding projects.

Business owner Craig Cogan works closely with clients to get to know them and their preferences, providing accurate timely quotes that are detailed and transparent - with no delays or surprises at the end. His extensive experience across the industry brings a wealth of value to the business and his team.

Craig Cogan

  • 25+ years trade qualified
  • Business owner
  • Business member of Certified Builders
  • S2 Licensed Building Practitioner BP105556
  • Extensive overseas & local experience
  • Interests include travel, golf, kayak
    fishing, kite surfing, hockey, rugby &
    most other sports.
  • An active property investor
  • Grew up in the Bream Bay Area


Craig is hands on with projects when needed, but is able to allow his experienced senior team to coordinate the day to day.





How We Work With Our Clients

Real Time Communication
The sophisticated Cogan Custom Homes Build Communicator reduces the need for on site meetings and phone calls. It gives you a real time written record and full clarity in decision making. You know exactly when things are happening, and get a full visual record.

Assured Delivery
Because we build solely in Northland and use only fully qualified, competent and local staff, you can have full confidence in the delivery of your project.

The Best Advice

Being locally born and bred, we assure you of the best advice on appropriate materials and systems to suit the specifically local weather conditions, or make the most of your land characteristics, for example flood catchments, roofing, cladding etc.


Our experience in building (including high EQ zones) ensures you get the certainty of attention to critical structural components for secure construction in all conditions. Moreover, our experience in managing renovations of large and valuable historically sensitive buildings, assures that your ideas and dreams will be translated into real effective solutions.

Competent People

From the very first contact with Cogan Custom Builder you are talking with a fully qualified builder and current Licensed Building Practitioner. This means you get to connect with builders who have first hand knowledge of the entire building process from start to finish. You are not simply dealing with a salesperson or a business owner/manager who cannot give you expert advice. Further, we think that using experienced sub contractors is important to an overall high quality job.


Our reputation is important to us. Because we are involved as members and sponsors of local clubs and organisations and work to improve our local community, we go out of our way to ensure that you are totally satisfied with your purchase to such an extent that you will be able to speak well of us.

Invest in NZ’s Future

Because we have some “future tradesmen” on our team working alongside our qualified and experienced tradespeople, we not only keep some build costs down but we help produce great future tradesmen for our country.

Low Overheads

Our low overheads (no salespeople or franchise fees) mean that either we pass on savings, or you get to choose higher quality products or finishes.

Detailed Quotes

Since we give you detailed quotes, you get to see where all costs are incurred. Should there be plan changes, our processes make these transparent to both of us.

Craig and Ollie Cogan.


“The beach home we purchased in Langs beach needed to be re-clad and renovated, because we lived two hours away we wanted a builder in whom we could place a huge amount of trust. We met with Craig from Craig Cogan Builders, because they had invaluable experience in these types of jobs.

Their online build program enabled us to make decisions and communicate with his professional team of builders and sub-contractors directly from our home and offices. It also kept us up to date with weekly photos and schedule of how the job was progressing. Being able to communicate with Craig and get questions and decisions in a timely manner improved the efficiency of this build and kept us updated on the budget. The job finished a month earlier ahead of schedule and we were thrilled with the workmanship and professional standard of all the team involved.”
- Paul & Amy Hain

“My family are the very proud owners of two houses built by Craig Cogan Builder in 2018. We are all delighted by the quality of the workmanship, and the fact that a year after the project started with a prior demolition, the houses were finished only one week over time, and $40,000 under budget. Outstanding. We were living busy lives in Auckland at time of build. But throughout the project, I received lots of communications, photos, and system-generated progress reports, so I very rarely needed to ever go on site.”
- Peter & Kate Harris (Langs beach 2018)

“Craig Cogan Builder built our beautiful home in 2018 and we moved in January 2019. We looked at various building companies in the area before choosing Craig Cogan Builder. Our thoughts were that we should build with one of the building group companies for security reasons. Then we saw some of the homes Craig Cogan Builder had built and heard good things about Craig & his team so decided to make contact. From the moment we met Craig and explained what we wanted we knew we had chosen the best person for us. People asked us if it was a stressful experience but Craig and his project manager made it so easy to deal with all the decisions we needed to make.

It was obvious that Craig has a very good working relationship with his subcontractors and staff, who were all well informed of time frames. As a result the build was completed exactly to the time he had promised. At any one time we knew exactly what stage the build was at through their client interacting online system and were updated weekly with photos. This was handy and reassuring given we still lived in Auckland at the time. We can see that Craig Cogan Builder takes pride in their work and genuinely enjoy building homes for their many satisfied clients.We would not hesitate in recommending Craig and his team or building again with company”
- Margaret & Vic Marinkovich (Marsden Cove 2019)

“We completed our first ever build with Craig Cogan Builder in August 2019.

I played hockey with Craig at school and being aware of his reputation for quality builds he was always near the top of our list of preferred builders for our new home. Any doubt was removed after our first meeting with him – he didn’t promise to be the cheapest but we felt confident he’d deliver a quality build at a competitive price. Our budget was modest compared to many of his other builds, and this was our first time building a house – and it was to be our “forever” family home. We had so many questions about all aspects of the build (it was all so foreign to us!) and they were always answered by Craig efficiently, patiently and honestly. Long before we were close to signing a contract he had provided a lot advice and help with navigating the pre-build process, and throughout the build he made sure things kept humming along at a good pace. The communication was excellent.

We were in a month earlier than expected and all within budget. Variations were never a problem – we only paid the difference in actual costs, and also received credits when things didn’t end up costing as much as quoted. Any minor issues that cropped up were quickly dealt with, and they have kept in contact since completion to ensure everything is up to spec and to complete any touch ups required. The whole team, including his tradies, were great to deal with – they all provided great advice and were receptive to any requests from us.

All in all, what could have been a stressful and unpleasant experience was made as smooth and painless as possible because of the great team who built our home. Thanks guys, we will be forever grateful.”
- Nick and Lisa Pirihi ( Takahiwai 2019)

“I built a new home with Craig Cogan Builder in 2018 . I had my plans drawn up by a local architect but in hind sight i probably should have engaged Craig as part of team sooner as the input i received from Craig was priceless. Not only the ideas to improve design but also with pushing the process along so that we could finally get started.

I interviewed 3 builders but it quickly became clear that Craig was not only very organised, but very passionate about my home and making sure i go what i wanted. One of my concerns was budget and overall cost. Craig Cogan Builder provided at no cost a ball park estimate at an early stage to confirm the build was within my reach and then a very detailed full contract price based on working drawings that was very clear, transparent and available online. The online communication system was extra useful as i was away for part of build. It stops you guessing anything as it's all there in full detail.

My ideas changed on some parts of the build and Craig's attitude was "it needs to be right for me" and he would adjust the budget either as a credit or debit (not including any penalties for the adjustment). What I really liked about Craig and his team was there were no jobs too small or too big. He would always consider your ideas and discuss these thoroughly and come up with solutions or suggest a person that could help. I would totally recommend Craig Cogan Builder. I built within my budget and I love my home. It was such an exciting and fun experience.”
- Liz Davies ( Ruakaka Beach 2018)