For the last quarter of a century Mike Loveridge has built houses and also built knowledge. This knowledge enables his company to partner with developers to build better and more cost effective residential homes. That’s one reason why Loveridge have no hesitation putting a 10-year structural and weather tight guarantee on all their work. And it why seasoned builders stay with Loveridge Builders for decades.
Some call Loveridge old school, Mike simply calls it building with knowledge to solve problems as they arise. But whatever you want to call it, the portfolio of work speaks for itself as do his client endorsements. From the ground up, the team at Loveridge Builders have an understanding of what an entire build entails.
From digging the footings by hand to nailing down the cladding, Mike has learnt his craft the old school way, so he knows every inch of what it takes to do a quality build and is a perfectionist to boot. He is qualified and licensed, with 25 years experience in the family-owned 2nd generation business. This broad knowledge earns him the moniker, ‘Mr Fixit’ at work. He takes the plans, pulls the job together, liaises with architects to make the build more cost effective, sorts any challenges and runs his practical eye across the whole development. Mike also has a passion for bringing on apprentices (as does Adele) and when he’s not doing that he is cheering on the same guys at the local Karaka rugby grounds or heading out into the Tutakaka Coast with his kids to teach them how to bait, fish, fillet and fry them. The old school way, naturally.
Ask anyone at Loveridge what Adele does and the answer will be “everything!” Her official job is to take care of the legal, accounting and financial side of the business as well as being the main client contact on private contract and house-and-land projects. In reality she’s the glue that holds everything together. If an apprentice steps up to take on a full project, it will be Adelle in his ear urging him on. When the builders rock onto a site, Adeles already set up the job. She wears plenty of (hard) hats in her job from Health and Safety officer, Head of Marketing, Client Liaison and more. But the most important hat she wears is being a mother to her youngest apprentices, her kids 9 and 11 years old, along with her extended family which is pretty much everyone she knows.
Paul has been with Loveridge Builders for 16 years. Not only man of his craft, he's a man of many talents (including digger driver) with a passion for residential new builds, reclads and renovations. Paul has vast experience in building and project management having worked with Loveridge on Fletchers work for 12 years before taking on a supervisor role with Loveridge Builders. Paul, being a Pukekohe local, knows the greater Auckland area like the back of his hand and enjoys rolling up his sleeves amongst the local community alongside his wife and two boys.
With 18 years building experience under his belt, Tim was Mike’s first apprentice. As a qualified builder, Tim spent 20 years with Fletchers running his own team on residential builds so he has a great understanding of what’s needed on site. Like Mike and Paul, Tim came through the building ranks when builders did everything from insulation to roofing so they know their way around a build, and that’s a massive advantage as a supervisor.
Building is in Ricky’s blood since his dad built their own home. He completed his apprenticeship with Loveridge in 2013 and spent 7 years learning his craft before returning to Loveridge in 2019. Now a site supervisor, Ricky is BCITO qualified and likes the forward-thinking, organisational side of project management. And when he doesn’t have his hands on a hammer or a pen, he is tinkering with his cars at home where he has a passion for rebuilding collectors’ cars.