Sydenham complex has real appeal
Growing up in the West Coast, spending a lot of time outdoors and keen to help when his dad was busy building something or landscaping around the house, Boyd Pattinson always felt that he was born to be a builder.
After 10 years working as an unqualiﬁed builder both in New Zealand and overseas Boyd thought it time he made it ofﬁcial, commencing an adult apprenticeship in Christchurch.
Working on townhouses and medium commercial construction, Boyd learned the beneﬁts of being well organised and surrounding himself with a reliable team of subcontractors.
After working on his own account since 2009, Boyd established Boyd Pattinson Construction Ltd in 2014 and now has a team of three qualiﬁ ed tradesmen and two apprentices. He say’s it is great to see an apprentice gain the experience needed to complete his training.
Based in Christchurch, Boyd has focused his work in and around the city undertaking a wide range of projects from new stand-alone homes, multi-units to the renovation of earthquake damaged homes.
Reﬂecting on his passion for building, Boyd says it’s the creation of something from nothing and the challenge that naturally comes with a construction project.
“It’s a job that I deﬁnitely still enjoy—there’s not many who can still say that 20 years on.” Boyd Pattinson Construction’s latest project is a block of four two-level townhouses in the heart of Sydenham.
Self-funding the project, the town houses are conveniently located in Gibbons Street, nearby to Waltham Pool and stones throw from thriving Colombo Street with a myriad of coffee houses to select from. Near the Cashmere hills, the location remains very affordable.
Boyd believes the pricing will be within the ﬁrst homebuyer market and may appeal to young professionals. “It’s an older area but a lot of new development has been going on over the last 10 years.”
Built on TC2 land, the development consists of two two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units, ranging from 110sqm to 130sqm. “Downstairs is the kitchen and living area with bedrooms and two tiled bathrooms in the upper level,” says Boyd.
“Each town house has its own single lockable garage with one off road car park as well. North and south decking provides very nice front and rear outdoor living.”
With a focus on quality construction, Boyd has used LVL framing timber. Much stronger than standard pine framing, it won’t move, warp or crack. A lightweight Rib raft foundation adds strength during another seismic event.
Commencing the project in September 2018, Boyd expects to complete the ﬁnishing touches by the end of March this year when the town houses, each with their own title, will be marketed.
“It’s been a pleasure working just out of the CBD – it’s certainly made it easier getting materials and
supplies to site with all the hardware stores close by. It’s been a great project that has gone very well for us apart from working in the heat.”
Crediting his own team with progress made on the project, Boyd also compliments the subcontractors that feature regularly in Boyd Pattison Construction projects.
“If you’re waiting around for two weeks for the guy who didn’t get the email or booked himself out then you’re buggered. We trust our guys to do their thing – we just know them so well.”
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