Signage natural progression for DLB

Signage natural progression for DLB
Dunedin company DLB offers a complete package to clients, from shop fit-outs to signage.

At first glance, a building firm diversifying into signage seems a little unusual. For Derek and Nicky Lester it has been a natural progression as a result of their Dunedin company DLB completing a significant number of fit-outs for retail shops, eateries and other commercial premises in the city and Queenstown.
Dunedin born and bred, Derek is a multi-skilled tradesman who originally gained his trade in joinery and cabinet making.
Following his apprenticeship Derek went on to gain further skills in carpentry and is a fully qualified craftsman specialising in both disciplines.
He developed a keen eye for detail, strong project management skills and a passion for high quality workmanship early in his career, an ethos which carries through to the company’s five tradesmen. “My expectations are reasonably high,” Derek says.
“We specialise in carpentry but are also joiners that install shop fittings. A joinery background in the building industry is quite good to have.”
Having also had some experience in a sign writing business, Derek could see the opportunity to offer his clients a complete service from start to finish, as once building and a fit-out is complete, signage was their next need.
“With all the shop-fitting that we do it certainly lends itself to that, because all those shops and businesses have signage and branding on vehicles.”
“We can do it all in-house now.” The signage arm, based in a separate premises in Fox St, is run by Tony Hayes who has 35 years experience in the industry.
About 40% of DLB’s building work undertaken is commercial, with the balance being renovations and new builds, including architecturally designed houses.
“As specialists in home renovations, we work with our clients to make their home improvement ideas a reality.”
In close consultation with clients, DLB can improve any aspect of home living from creating a barbeque area to remodelling kitchens, bathroom upgrades, building an extension or completing a major renovation.”
New house builds can cover almost any budget, from first homes to high-end architecturally designed multi-level houses. DLB has a strong relationship with designer Brent Alexander of award winning practice The Design Studio, Dunedin.
“I’m living in a house designed by them, they do a great job, they’re a good firm to deal with.”
From a building perspective, their plans are especially clear and concise and easy to understand, Derek says.
Brent is always open to other people’s opinions and happy to change plans if needed; this synergy between builder and designer means clients have the best possible outcome.
“Brent’s got to feel comfortable about having a competent builder for his clients to realise their dreams. He feels confident enough that we are going to do a good job for what he’s designed.”
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