‘Joinery geek’ enjoys rapid growth
Growing Wellington joinery company Stylish Interiors has increased its capacity in design with company co-owner and interior designer Sarah Gubb joining the business full-time this year.
Stylish Interiors was established six years ago by self-confessed ‘joinery geek’ and perfectionist Mathew Gubb. “Joinery is my job, but it’s also my hobby and my passion,” he says.
“I take lots of care in everything I do and it’s got to be perfect before I’ll let it go out the door.”
He has been a joiner for 18 years, taking up a joinery craftsman apprenticeship with a large joinery firm in the Wairarapa after leaving school. On qualifying, he was made 2IC for the firm.
A three-year stint overseas followed, where Mathew continued to grow his trade knowledge and skills, manufacturing and fitting custom cabinetry and joinery around England and Europe.
Once he returned home to New Zealand, he set up a workshop in his parents’ garage, and started crafting small bits and pieces as he tried to make a name for himself.
He dedicated his whole life to the business in the hope he could grow it, and today he employs two staff and is growing out of his 400sqm premises in Grenada North.
Stylish Interiors reached a new level last year with the manufacture of a full joinery package for a Mary Daish designed renovation of a 100 year old villa in Ngaio.
It was the largest project the company had completed, and its kitchen took out the regional award at the 2016 New Zealand Master Joiners Awards.
Completing the high-end project so successfully had the recommendations flowing in, while Stylish Interiors became exposed to more architects, more subtrades, and more customers.
Now Stylish Interiors has reached another level, and is designing and building more kitchens than ever before with Sarah’s skills now a full-time part of the business.
“The construction market has really kicked off this year,” Sarah says.
“Lots more people know about us, we’re getting a lot more recommendations, and with me being able to do the design, we’ve got lots of kitchens and timber doors and windows on the go leading up to the Christmas rush.”
Sarah is big on communication and part of her new role has her co-ordinating the staff in the factory as well as keeping Stylish Interiors’ clients updated with their project’s progression.
Mathew and Sarah are enjoying the growth Stylish Interiors is experiencing, and Mathew is enjoying sharing his knowledge and expertise with his new staff, but what really keeps them both going is the positive feedback they receive.
“Most of our work comes from word of mouth, and there are some interesting ways people have heard about us,” Sarah says.
“We feel like we must be doing something right if people are talking about us to people they’ve never met before.
Sometimes we feel like we’re just doing our job, but getting great feedback and having people come to us because we’ve been recommended to them shows us we’re doing it well.”