Perfectionist approach pays off for Baz

Baz Janssen Building can guide clients through the entire process, from suggesting architects and designers to coordinating consents, sub-trades and completing outdoor living spaces

Nine years ago Baz Janssen was a newly qualified builder hoping he would make it as as self-employed tradesmen.
Today, his company Winton-based Baz Janssen Building is a highly diversified business employing 15 staff undertaking a variety of residential and rural work, including dairy sheds.
The company also has an engineering arm and the capability to complete ground work with its own fleet of equipment.
Baz was raised on a farm and, when initially looking to be a self-employed builder, he used his previous experience as an artificial breeding technician to supplement his income during springs and summers for the first three years.
A serendipidity of this work was that it created opportunities to meet people who were looking for a builder; as a result the business grew steadily through word-of-mouth referrals.
This relationship aspect of the business has always been important, Baz says. “For me that’s a big thing. “If you do a good job then people will pass your name on.”
Being based in rural Southland means there has always been a good flow of dairy sheds and general farm construction.
A flow-on from the dairy shed work was that a house was often needed on the farm and Baz is keen to see growth in new house builds, especially now that dairy shed construction has peaked.
The business remains well resourced and runs two crews dedicated to new house builds. Staff are also experienced in contemporary rebuilds and restoration.
For new builds, Baz Janssen Building can guide clients through the entire process, from suggesting architects and designers to coordinating consents, sub-trades and completing outdoor living spaces.

Perfectionist approach pays off for Baz
Baz Janssen Building is experienced in contemporary rebuilds and restoration.

 
This could be anything from a modest two-bedroom farm worker’s cottage or an impressive bespoke designed million-dollar home.
“Every client’s needs are different and we try and cater to their needs to make sure the client gets exactly what they want.”
According to clients’ testimonies, a hallmark of Baz Janssen Building work is a perfectionist approach in everything they do.
While Baz insists on a high standard, his tradesmen’s attitude to their work is a real asset, he says.
“I’m really lucky, I’ve always had really good staff. They’re a good team.” A key part of the team is Teresa, Baz’s wife of eight years.
She has worked behind the scenes over the years ensure that both the home and business run smoothly, but with the couple’s fourth child recently born, is increasingly busy with family responsibilities.
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