About Trubet Building & Joinery Ltd

An independent local business, building in and around Nelson since 1984


In 1984 Stuart and Rex commenced a building partnership, taking over the Skyline franchise for the Nelson Tasman area 1986. Diversifying into other building work came from a willingness to meet each client’s need and a can-do attitude.

Today Trubet employs a robust team of 5 in the office and mid 20’s in the workshop and field, all qualified in various aspects of building and joinery trades.  Our team of professional trades persons keep current with building code, material updates and practices, and hold licensed design, licensed site, and licensed building practitioner certificates.  Our staff are employees of the company, and competent in all aspects of Excavation, Concrete, Residential and Commercial Carpentry, Skyline Buildings, Kitchens & Joinery, Garage Doors and Automation, Gib Plastering and Outdoor Furniture.

Rex has retired from ownership of the company, keeping active as part time employee enjoying longer weekends, while Stuart and his wife Beth are fully involved as working Directors in the management over all entities.


Offering award winning environmental sustainability practices in all our building projects, Trubet has reduced waste to landfill by more than 70%!  

Our core company principle over the past 11 years is our committment in retaining all usable building materials for re-use, up-cycling, re-cyling and waste minimisation wherever possible.

Trubet are registered master builders, and recipient to 30 House of the Year Awards since 1994 winning both Gold award and Lifestyle Award Winner for Kitchen in 2014.  These awards are given for excellence in workmanship, creativity and innovation.



Excavator and Truck hire: Trubet owns their own 5 tonne tipper truck,  2.7 tonne excavator and a loader, which means we have the equipment and expertise to undertake our own demolition works, site scraping, foundation excavation, augering for posts, removal of spoil and carting of fill.

Concrete placing, slab floors, driveways and paths:  Our long term concrete placer has worked with Trubet in excess of 25 years, and has the ability to lead the team in producing well placed and finished concrete.

Retaining, Fencing, Decking, Pergolas, Garden edging and Hard Landscaping: Well versed in Standard or Engineer designed Retaining or Decking,  Timber or Steel fencing and Pergolas, concrete or timber garden edging with ability to undertake any aspect of timber or concrete landscaping features with paving,  outdoor furniture, garden sheds and fixtures

Additions, Alterations, Building Maintenance, Renovation, and Historic Trust Renovation:  Trubet are a recognised provider of maintenance services to DTZ, Restaurant Brands and other national asset managers around the top of the south,  providing services to Enable NZ with accessibility modification work.   We provide service to clients who wish to maintain their home as an asset by way of additions, alterations, or any maintenance or repair work. 

Residential Housing:  Working with you to design or working with your design and constructing your home to budget.  We choose not to be volume home builders, but seek to realise people’s individuality in their home layout, material choice and design, remembering that owners, budget and site are key factors in any project.  Being different doesn’t necessarily cost more, but proves people have choice and can own homes to reflect that.

Over 20 years of Master Builders House of the Year awards show our commitment to quality building practices and finishing work with recognition of these achievements within the industry.

Light Commercial: Offices, Warehouses, Retail fit-outs. Working with clients, architects and project managers to cost, construct and manage all facets of contracts and sub-contractors.

Ministry of Education school buildings and maintenance: Many years experience constructing and renovating Education buildings to a high standard around the district.  Constructing movable buildings in our yard and transporting to schools on both coasts as a finished project ready for hook-ups.  Recent rebuild of a major potential leaky building achieving Ministry of Education highest weatherproofing standards.

Approved Maintenance Contractors for DTZ, Enable, Restaurant Brands and many other national franchise property managers:  On call to many property managers to carry out maintenance work around the top of the south, using our own expertise and sub-contractors where necessary.  Managing many small contracts within timeframes specified.

Garador – Residential and Industrial Door and automation specialists:  A wide range of residential and industrial roller, sectional and tilt doors along with automatic openers and remotes.  Quotes, installations, door and automation issues, service and maintenance are treated in a timely manner to all clients with our experienced trades-person.  We keep a stock of parts and materials.

Accolade Kitchen & Joinery – Kitchens, Bench Tops, Wardrobes, Doors, Shelving:  We purchased Accolade, a joinery business that has been going strong in the local region for nearly 30 years achieving quality economical and bespoke kitchen, joinery and furniture items.  Replacing bench tops and re-facing cabinetry to new kitchens, interior doors or other furniture.  Maintenance and repair work means longer useful life to existing furniture.  No job too small or large!

Wills Rustic Furniture – Macrocarpa Outdoor & Indoor furniture: A range of handcrafted Macrocarpa dressed or slab furniture with tables, forms and seats.  Mix and match a set with forms and seats.  Perfect garden seating, outdoor dining, café or restaurant suites or memorial seats in parks with engraved plaques. 

Recycled Materials, Demolition Re-use: Demolition and left over building materials are all re-used and sold where possible.  Our beautifully made dog kennels are an example of what can be done with leftovers, insulated roof, carpet to the floor with painted weatherboard or oil-stained Ply.  Small homes any pet would be proud to own.  Beautiful native timbers stored means we have material for re-use in both joinery, flooring and feature items for your home.

Plasterboard Fixing and Stopping: Our own qualified trades-person set up to install gibralter board and plasterboard stopping finishing to wallpaper or paint level, with dustless sander ready for decorating.  Repair-work to damaged wall or ceiling linings and replacing dated or untidy lining materials and cornice mouldings.