Hans is the founder of Hans Ellehuus Builders (1992) Limited. He grew up in Denmark, where they have extremely high standards for apprenticeships and the building trade is very specified. With an early love of love of wood (his father and grandfather were both furniture upholsterers and antique restorers), including refitting boats with his family, Hans decided to channel his skills into joinery.
After working as a carpenter in Norway, fitting out houses, Hans combined his passion for boats with his skills in wood joinery, and worked his way around the world in private sailing boats. In 1988 he and Wendy, his Kiwi partner, decided to live in New Zealand, which gave Hans the opportunity to pursue his two passions – sailing and wooden houses. He began building commercial and residential buildings with CCL Concreting in Auckland. From here Hans took his knowledge and experience and started up Hans Ellehuus Builders during the recession of 1987-1993. This has grown into the respected home renovation business it is today.
The special thing about Hans is that his upbringing is very evident in his work. The finish on things that he has made is always perfect, and he has great attention to detail. Hans is great at interpreting plans and bringing them to life for a result that is stylish and functional. He’s also built great relationships with building inspectors, architects and subcontractors. So whoever else you have working on your home, Hans and his crew will fit right in.