With over 12 years' experience in building – the team at Barry Illsley Building will work with you to achieve your dream – whether it’s a beach bach, a lifestyle homestead, a city house build or an extra bathroom.

Barry will project manage your build, renovation or alteration from start to finish – removing the stress from the process. Now all you have to worry about is moving in to your dream home or enjoying your newly renovated space!

Barry Illsley Building first began in 2012 in Palmerston North and has grown to include a strong trade team who thrive on quality work and precision of their craft. 

Ready to achieve your dream build or renovation?

Contact us today. 



I was impressed from beginning to end with the service,  quality of work and overall professionalism of Barry and his team. He began by recommending a house designer and attending the meetings so we were all on the same page about it. Patient and generous with ideas and information, Barry's focus was on helping me get exactly what I wanted, and his ability to foresee and forestall problems like drainage issues was a blessing. 


Barry is an organisational "machine", ensuring that he had planning done weeks ahead for his men and the (excellent) subcontractors. They were so efficient and well organised that they had my home finished a month early. I feel very fortunate to have a beautifully finished quality home completed early and on budget.  It really doesn't get better than that! 


The whole team are personable,  helpful,  friendly and trustworthy. They cheerfully did extra things like attaching hooks for my hanging chair, adjusting the gate,  and answering questions. I moved in to an immaculately clean house with all fencing,  paths and lawns complete. Building with Barry Illsley was a pleasure and something I would happily do again. 

Joan Atley

We recently had the pleasure of having our new home built by Barry Illsley Building. From the initial planning right through to receiving the keys was a seamless and stress-free process. Barry worked closely with us throughout and
was always willing to go the extra mile to achieve what we wanted. Barry and his whole team of builders were always pleasant and approachable on site.


Coming from a trade background myself, very rarely do you see a team so committed and hard working as Barry and his guys! We are absolutely thrilled with the end result and love our new home. We would most definitely use
Barry Illsley Building again and recommend to anyone wanting to Build or have building work done.

Sean and Sarah Griggs

The Cason Family Trust has been in the property industry for more than 50 years and over this period has engaged many builders. 

Over the past two years we have engaged the services of Barry Illsley Building and have found Barry to have excellent business acumen with extremely high standards of workmanship and performance levels. Barry is a very conscientious builder who continually strives to produce excellent work. Barry has been able to replicate these standards within all members of the building team whereby any member who is assigned a task completes it to those standards.   

Mark Wilson

Property Manager, Cason Family Trust

Barry Illsey is one of the finest builders of my acquaintance. Barry worked for Te Manawa all the way through the museum’s extensive re-build of 2010/11, a project involving a high level of carpentry, shop fit-out, concreting, decking and other demanding projects. Barry’s work was first rate throughout, and his finishing skills especially are exceptional.

He has performed all Te Manawa’s building maintenance from 2009 to the present day. This is always completed in a timely manner and to a high standard.

On a personal note, I myself employed Barry to build a large decking area at my house, and complete a refurbishment of my kitchen and dining room. I could not be happier with his work.

I would not hesitate to refer Barry to anyone undertaking building work.

Neil Martin

Facilities Manager Te Manawa Museum

It gives me great pleasure to support Barry by providing this reference. I have consulted with and employed Barry for several years now in relation to construction work on the two dwellings I have owned and occupied over that time; this has included both new work and maintenance. 


Barry has consistently seen each project as collaboration, and has worked with me to find the best solution to suit. We discuss what I think the end product will look like and he contributes his suggestions from his greater knowledge, which he does clearly and without sounding patronising. One of his strengths is the ability to think about alternative ways to the agreed outcome; where the standard answer is less suitable he thinks out an answer that works better. 


He is a quick and careful workman ready to work long hours, and has demonstrated advanced project management skills. He has gathered a team of excellent sub-contractors who fit in with his high standards of workmanship, and are also good people. He is an excellent communicator, keeping me informed of progress and always ensuring that I know when he will come, or not come.


I have always been very satisfied with the quality of his work and that of his team, and I have no hesitation in recommending him to any of my friends.

Barbara Arnold

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We are very proud of our hard-working team who were recently named Gold and Regional Award Winners at the Master Builders House of the Year Awards. 

Our showhome took out both Gold and Regional category winner of the Builders Own Home category for 2019. 

You can see our entry below, or visit our gallery page for more images of our award-winning home. 

Master Builders Gold and Regional Award Winner - Builders Own Home.