About Us

Frontline Builders is a family-owned and operated company born out of Wade's passion and desire to ensure people's dreams, no matter how big or how small, are fulfilled.  Wade Smith and Nicola Ekdahl are the directors of this construction business that prides itself on applying integrity, honesty, family values and pride across every aspect of its business. 

While Nicola oversees the family’s 114ha dry stock property and a family household that includes four children, her policy analysis background gives her the skills and aspiration to run a meticulously efficient building company.

And what did Wade dream of becoming when he was a little boy ...?

A builder!

... and even now, Wade still has the same sense of wonder and aspiration when it comes to the building and construction industry.

Following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, Wade has now been employed in building and construction for more than 20 years.

No job is too difficult and in fact, Wade relishes in finding solutions to challenging projects. And no job is too small either. Frontline Builders really is set apart from the array of builders available.

It's extremely important to Wade that all projects are completed with minimum inconvenience to the client and, at all times, with complete integrity.  

Builtin 10 Year Building Warranty 

Homeowners can have peace of mind and apply for a 10 year building warranty for their project.

During the building period cover includes refunding a lost deposit or paying additional costs to complete your home. After completion cover includes fixing defects (for the first 2 years after completion) and fixing major defects (for years 3 to 10).

Find out more on the Builtin website

Meet Your Bespoke Builders

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Wade Smith


Wade has been building now for more than 20 years and running his own business for more than a decade.  Wade loves challenges on the building site and being able to get his teeth into the tricky stuff.  Wade also owns a 114ha dry-stock property, so spends weekends (and winter mornings) on the farm; often with his four children.

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Nicola Ekdahl


Nicola isn’t happy unless she’s busy, so a lifestyle of building, farming and children suits her perfectly.  Having a Bachelor of Social Sciences means Nicola has a keen eye for details and doesn’t shy away from the businesses administration.

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Shaun Macdonald


Shaun is a Foreman for Frontline Builders and with almost 40 years of building experience is an invaluable team member.  Clients will feel relaxed thanks to Shaun’s great sense of humour and easy manner.  When Shaun’s not working (which isn’t very often), he’s developing his back yard into a haven for his grandchildren.

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Mike Cash


We're excited to introduce to you the latest addition to our team; Mike Cash. With well over a decade of building experience, Mike knows his way around a building site! He's extremely friendly and approachable, so make sure you say gidday when you see him around. Mike joins the Frontline Builders team as a Foreman and is a Licensed Building Practitioner.

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Steven Lee


Steve has been with the Frontline Builders team as an apprentice now for a few years.  While he was new to building when he joined the team, he'd had an extensive career on the construction scene as a scaffolder.  Steve spends much of his spare time renovating his family home.

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Rosie Taylor


She's back! After completing a Gateway programme with us through Inglewood High School a couple of years ago, we knew that we wanted Rosie back on our team full time....and here she is! Rosie joins the Frontline Builders team as an apprentice.


Hamish Love


Hamish has joined us as our newest Apprentice.  He is Taranaki born and bred and enjoys surfing, skating and fishing when he's not on site.  Hamish knew building was in his future as he's always outdoors and likes working with his hands.  He enjoys the challenge of the build - it always has him thinking outside the square.