Plenty on the go for busy Waihi firm

Plenty on the go for busy Waihi fi rm
Baker Construction has built new classroom blocks at Tairua Primary School for the Ministry of Education.

Graeme and Judy McCabe bought Baker Construction as it was located closer to where they lived and they could shave an hour off their workday in travel time.
Unfortunately their plan has backfired as the company has grown so much they are now busier than ever. It was in 2012 the couple took over the business originally established in Waihi in 1958.
With backgrounds in building and joinery the pair were well placed to take the company ahead and Baker Construction now employs a team of around 25 staff.
Completing work predominantly in Waihi and the Coromandel, Baker Construction offers a wide variety of services – residential homes, renovations, repairs and maintenance, light commercial projects, commercial maintenance contracts, insurance work and small jobs such as decks and fences.
As the company has its own kitchen and bathroom joinery and glazing departments and employs its own team of painters and plasterers it can offer a one-stop shop, which customers appreciate, says Graeme.
“We offer a complete building service from the initial consultation to throughout the design process, right down to the completion of the project,” he explains.
With regards to kitchen and bathroom joinery Baker Construction can do a custom design or customers are welcome to bring their own design.
“We specialise in the manufacture of staircases and quality furniture pieces as well as exterior doors and windows.
“We help our customers make their house into a home with the latest trends in materials as well as colours and styles that reflect their unique personal style,” says Graeme. The same is true of glazing with a choice of window frame colour and style.
“We offer the latest in window designs for a contemporary look, along with more traditional options to fi t perfectly with existing homes or businesses.
“We also provide a re-glazing service for those times when an accidental chip, crack or a shatter occurs and a repair or replacement is needed.” The company’s services are eclectic and so is its workload.
A quick look at the company’s current projects paints the picture in terms of the diverse jobs that can be undertaken.
Baker Construction is building three new classroom blocks at Tairua Primary School for the Ministry of Education, building a new two-storey home in Waihi and a major insurance contract.
The latter project is seeing the company gut then re-instate the inside of a three storey home due to water damage from a burst pipe.
The company is also finishing a contract with Powerco to complete bunding around transformers for environmental protection in the event of an earthquake.
The sites are located between Waihi and Tauranga. It has also helped shape the local area.
Past projects include the façade and internal building works for the Waihi Gold Discovery Centre. Baker Construction is a strongly family owned and operated business with a personal touch.
Graeme takes quantity surveying and project management roles and Judy the administration and accounting side of the business.
Graeme says the market is very busy and they are now working harder than ever before although work travel times in the morning are reduced, he admits with a smile.
“We don’t plan on growing any bigger at the moment. It’s a matter of stabilising and servicing the customers we have.”
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