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Hailing from a farm amongst the Hills of Dacre/Mabel Bush, Southland, I headed to the Southern Lakes region where I commenced and completed my apprenticeship over 20 years ago building architectural bespoke homes.


Following this I moved to Australia to pursue sporting contracts.  During my time there, 11 years in total, I amassed a wealth of knowledge, first working on the construction of luxury super yachts, then moving between constructing large luxury ocean front and inner city homes in both Sydney and later Melbourne, and construction of inner city mid and high rise residential and commercial towers.


Back home in New Zealand, I have constructed homes throughout Canterbury, Otago and Southland, some of which have featured in home design magazines and gained awards in the New Zealand Master Builders House of the Year.


I am now focusing and placing more of an emphasis on sustainable smart design and complete build systems that enhance not only the building but the well-being of the individuals that reside and occupy the home now and well into the future.


It’s through this experience and knowledge I gained during these years and continue to gain, I believe I can help you achieve your ambition of producing an exceptionally designed and crafted home.



Founded in 2005 as Jeremy Crooks Building then re branded as Jarra in 2009, by Tradesman builder Jeremy Crooks, Jarra Carpentry Limited Trading as Jarra Architectural Homes is an architectural home builder specializing in custom new builds, renovations and extensions.


Jeremy started Jarra to provide clients with an architectural construction firm that provides one point of contact from initial concepts and discussions right through construction to the final touches of your home or project.


Jeremy and his team of staff, suppliers and sub trades take pride in being able to deliver our clients projects taking your vision and transforming it through the design and construction phase to an asset that not only can you be proud of but delivers real time value.


We may build everyday but we don’t lose sight of the fact that you don’t. We enjoy sharing our knowledge while open to new learnings that you may provide to achieve the desired outcome.


Our services we provide


  • New home builds

  • Knock down/rebuilds

  • Renovations and extensions

  • Renovations and extensions with heritage conditions

  • Developments/low rise apartments/units

  • Bespoke barn construction


Jeremy Crooks is a Licensed Building Practitioner in Carpentry and Site 2.

We are Registered Master Builders and an accredited trainer with the BCITO.


Please contact us for enquires, and to discuss your upcoming project.


We look forward to hearing from you.

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