As a youngster I always had a passion for creating things. I would build ramps out of scrap timber at home, my first basketball hoop was made out of an old post I found, a piece of plywood and a netball hoop I found down the road. I couldn’t afford concrete so I anchored it to the ground with some old rope and some sticks I found lying around on the ground. When it came time to pick a career I was naturally drawn to something in the construction industry. I’d enjoyed technical drawing in high school and applied to study Architecture. There were no spots available at the time so they referred me to the Engineering Department where I was accepted and I then began an Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering. I continued these studies while completing a Cadetship with Downer Edi in Hamilton, New Zealand where I worked for the majority of the time as a Contract Manager overseeing various construction projects and maintenance projects. I thoroughly enjoyed this work and the challenges it presented however on the side, my wife and I had a part time hobby.
I had always had a fascination for property and residential construction. We brought our first house within the first year of being married and enthusiastically renovated it to something we were proud of. We had so much fun doing this that we decided to do it again but this time we decided to buy a block of land and build a home for our family. We were able to find a block within our price range but we couldn’t afford to build the house the conventional way so we decided to do it ourselves. We sourced all the materials and all the trades and even drew our own plans to submit to council, which was a lot of work. We had a lot of obstacles along the way but finished the job on time and on budget and we were stoked with the results. We did this again on two more occasions and also renovating a house to flip. I was becoming less and less excited about my day job and couldn’t stop thinking about property and construction so we decided to quit my job and move to Sydney, Australia to fully immerse myself in the residential construction industry. Oh how naive I was! We had sold everything we owned including our properties in NZ and went all in on our business venture. I was able to learn the ropes of residential construction through the contacts of my good friend and business partner. Learning the ins and outs of residential construction was one thing but learning how to run our own business was an entirely different story. We made many, many, many, mistakes. Fortunately though we did not let these mistakes stop us instead we chose to learn from them, alter our path and continue the journey. Over the next five to six years I was able to gain a lot of experience in all aspects of residential construction. Also along the way I completed all the relevant qualifications including Cert 3 in Carpentry, Cert 4 in Residential Construction and Advanced Diploma in Residential Construction. These coupled with my experience allowed me to become a Licenced Builder in 2017. We have been through a lot so far to get to where we are at this stage but we know that our journey really has just begun. We are excited about the prospects and opportunities that await us.