Byron has a passion for building quality homes
Ever since leaving school Byron Clothier has been a builder, completing his apprenticeship before heading away to Australia, returning in 2013 with the singular vision to establish his own company in Waihi Beach, concentrating on the architecturally designed high-end market.
He’s achieved this goal through hard work and a commitment to always concentrating on quality rather than quantity of work. In the process he’s accumulated a team of seven passionate builders, three of whom are working through their apprenticeships.
“I’ve got a great team of builders and with the number I have on board we can split to work on separate projects or, if needed, all work together.
“I enjoy being on the tools but more so of late are involved in management and maintaining strong relationships with our valued clients, many of whom become our friends through the build process,” Bryon explains.
He tends to concentrate his building projects in the Waihi Beach/Katikati/Tauranga areas with some work also at Mt Maunganui and enjoys the variety and scope of builds he undertakes. A recent off-the-grid project high up in the Kaimai Ranges came with a whole bundle of challenges to overcome.
Nestled in bush with nearly 360° views over-looking the hills and around to the coast and sea beyond, the home was designed to capture the views. The owner of the property wanted as much bush to remain as possible and eventually that will grow back to shroud the home which is substantially made of glass and steel.
Located at 225D Woodlands Road the project had a long incubation stage.“The owners initially approached me two years ago and when we first visited the site we had to take the motor-bike up some way and walk into the site to actually get there. That’s how remote it is.
“Since then, a bulldozer created driving access and space to turn a vehicle but as much as possible the rest of the site has been left undisturbed.” To capture as much view as possible, even the kitchen splash back is glass. “The home almost has a see-through feel to it.”
Even constructing the home was an adventure, with electrical power non-existent a generator was used to power equipment. The home is also fully off the grid with solar panels and hydro generation in the process of being consented.In all the home, completed early this year took 10 months to build.
A special feature are the hand-made trusses constructed from spruce.“We had to attach the sarking first before building the roof. Outside vertical cedar was the material of choice.”Working with Byron on the project were Troy Little-John and Brodie Phillips.
Brodie has himself had a massive year, coming runner-up in the Master Builders Bay of Plenty region Apprentice of the Year competition, something Byron and the team are tremendously proud of.When Business Central spoke with Byron another lovely build had just been completed in Lund Road, Katikati.
The 300sqm home features a lot of schist and cedar. The three- storey home has a theatre room in the basement, spacious modern kitchen with full butlers kitchen behind, window seat to capture the amazing view and recycled polished mahogany flooring on the second level.
The master bedroom has his and her ensuites, high vaulted ceilings and a further bedroom, bath-room and lounge on the top floor.And to top all this activity off, Byron is also building his own home at Waihi Beach which he says will be really cool when completed.
“I’m really pleased with what we have achieved since starting CB Homes and I don’t really want to get very much bigger because it’s really important to me to maintain quality and client relationships are a priority.”
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