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Pile Foundations

Fenton House Removals is a leading provider of timber pile construction solutions in New Zealand. Our team of experts has extensive experience in delivering high-quality pile foundation installations for new builds and existing homes, ensuring that your property is built to stand against the ever-changing weather conditions of Aotearoa.


Fenton House Removals has a very unique position in the industry – because we cover the entire spectrum of home relocation, from buying and selling homes to moving and renovating them, our skill sets not only have to be expansive, they have to be of the highest quality in the industry- after all, we are responsible for the entire process of home relocation, meaning that we are responsible to ensure that all moving parts in these projects are executed flawlessly.

It is becoming increasingly popular to raise an existing home onto a new set of piles. With our extensive background in moving houses, Fenton House Removals is the perfect partner for ensuring that your existing home is kept out of harm’s way through this process – there aren’t many companies in New Zealand that are equipped with both the tools and expert personnel for this precise and complex process.

One of the most important steps in the journey of ensuring homes are built to stand the test of time is the pile foundation – and having placed thousands of homes onto new foundations over our 30+ years of operation, we have become experts in pile construction.


Pile foundations are extremely popular across NZ. This is due to a few factors, from our varied landscape and weather to the fairly common seismic activity and common soil composition. They work by driving piles deep into the ground, transferring the load of the building onto competent soil as opposed to weak or poorly compacted surface soil. Pile foundations – most notably suspended floor foundations, also elevate the home to provide additional space for renovations and to protect homes that are in areas susceptible to flooding.

Getting Started - Organising a Site Inspection

Fenton House Removals has made the process for getting your pile’s foundation project started simple and straightforward. The first step is to organise a site inspection and get necessary reports and consents including a geotechnical report to establish the site, soil, terrain and required foundation plan.

Our experts will then be able to recommend the best type of pile foundation for your property based on the reports and provide a detailed quote for the installation.

Are you ready to ensure that your property is built on a solid and stable foundation? Book a consultation with Removal Homes today.


Before installing pile foundations, You will need to prepare the site. This may include removing any existing structures, trees or other obstacles. Once this has been done, earthworks can be performed to ensure that the site is level.

During this time, it is also important to ensure that all your permits and consents are in order – a process that your assigned project manager can assist with.


There are several types of pile foundations, each suited to different soil conditions and building requirements. Two of the most common types of timber pile foundations in NZ are end-bearing and friction piles.

End-Bearing Piles: Used when there is a solid layer of soil or rock under the surface soil for the pile footing to transfer the load onto.
Friction Piles: typically used in areas where the soil is soft and there is not a good chance of finding a solid layer to support the weight of the building – therefore these foundations use friction to ensure stability.


Pile foundations can be used in a variety of applications, including new builds, home extensions, and renovations. One of the most popular applications for pile foundations is a suspended floor foundation, which is ideal for homes and buildings that require additional living space, such as a basement or garage. They also provide the home with clearance from the ground for areas that may be prone to flooding.


If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that your home should be built on a solid and stable foundation. Fenton House Removals are industry leaders in the installation of timber piles in New Zealand. With over 30 years of experience, we have earned a stellar reputation for high quality timber foundations.

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      Fenton House Removals has over 30 years of experience buying, selling, and relocating homes. We look after the entire process, starting from the initial consultation all the way through to placing homes on their new piles in their new location. If you’re considering selling your home for relocation, get in contact with our knowledgeable team. Our sales staff and assessors can look over your home and figure out a fair valuation that is sure to work for you. If you are after any more information, feel free to call or email us.

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