Better Building Ltd really are Better Builders

“NO better than the Best
............but better than the rest!”

Welcome to Better Building Ltd, where my motto is, "No better than the best, but better than the rest."

I was born in the US with a Canadian mother and American father. Our family emigrated to Nelson New Zealand in 1965 and my father started up his own building business in 1966 after previously running his own company in the States. I started building full time in 1976 although I fondly remember many of my school holidays helping on the work site.  I think this is when and how my passion for creating new homes began.

Dennis Dolejs

Our family has been building quality homes in the greater Nelson region for over 46 years and that is possibly one of the best guarantees you can get.  Longevity, entwined with excellent work ethics, quality workmanship and a real passion for my chosen profession.

Better Building undertakes all kinds of building work from new homes to renovations and alterations; we can also undertake landscaping as well as deck building.  I enjoy working with sustainable homes and encourage people to use solar, adobe brick and exposed aggregate where possible.

With Better Building regardless of the process I will personally work with you through all stages of the project ensuring you enjoy the work we do for you.


  • “We met Dennis on the street corner one evening and started talking about building. We had never built before. Dennis and his team built our house to our budget and did it on time. A superb house and an enjoyable project from start to finish. We are still good friends 20 years later.”
    Peter and Caterina

  • “Thank you - best builders definitely. Just a quick note for now to thank you and Jason and Chris (and the other tradesmen) for the superb job. Thanks again, you made this project seamless from my end and that is enormously appreciated.”

  • “I was new to Nelson and found Better Building Ltd on Dennis's website. I had an interesting investment development that I wanted to pursue. Dennis offered great advice and not only built over a million dollars worth of housing for me he handled all the project management as well. All this on a handshake.”

  • Dennis Dolejs built our new home in Stoke. We are very happy about his workmanship. He is an excellent communicator and kept us informed about everything during the building process. He was very helpful with decision making during the process. His pricing is fair and competitive and we would always use him again as our builder.
    Samantha & Ted

  • “Dennis and his team were great to work with on our renovation.  Our job was fraught with issues.  Instead of saying "no, we can't do that", Dennis would look at the issue and calmly say "I'll have a think about that and come back to you" and by the next day he would have thought of an outside the square solution that didn't cost the earth.  His communication was excellent and he always did what he said he was going to in the time-frame promised, and the invoices came with detailed timesheets so we knew exactly what we were getting billed for."

    Dean & Emma

  • "Dennis came highly recommended to us by the firm that was putting on our new roof.  He and his excellent team of experienced tradesmen worked with us over a period of several months on many and varied renovations to our property.  Nothing was too much trouble and all the works were carried out to an excellent standard.   Dennis was always there to give advice and even helped get the completed works through Council Consent.   We would highly recommend Dennis and his Crew, we will be using them again!"