About Us

We are professional qualified builders of architectural homes and shop fits-outs.

Crate was established in 2013 by brothers James Strachan and Fraser Strachan after 20+ years experience building in New Zealand and overseas.

We provide detailed, accurate job costings and pride ourselves on adherence to your budget, working closely with your architect and suppliers.

Our projects range from residential new homes, residential additions and alterations, working with heritage or new buildings as well as light commercial, shop fit outs, furniture and cabinet making.

The Crate workshop in Kingsland gives us the ability to fabricate and prefabricate parts of the build off-site. The high stud warehouse enables...


The work we do comes in all shapes and sizes. We were lucky enough to be involved in creating a stained glass window that is not only a grand entrance to the house, but is a piece of artwork for all of the neighbourhood to enjoy. This Frank Lloyd Write inspired masterpiece illuminates the Gable end of a 1908 stucco house.

The Process

Step 1

We work with you & your architect..

Step 2

We operate as the head contractor..

Step 3

We ensure deadlines are met..

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