New venture off to great start

New venture off to great start
This contemporary, two-storey, Fendalton home, completed by James Rule Consturction, replaces an old weatherboard home that was irreparably damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes.

When James Rule’s boss decided to retire from building around the Canterbury region 12 months ago, it presented James with an exciting opportunity to take his first step into business for himself.
With 12 years’ construction experience under his belt, undertaking light commercial work, architectural and traditional builds, James and his wife Paula established James Rule Construction Ltd.
Reflecting on the giant step, James now wonders why he didn’t take the step so much earlier.
“I love working outside and working with people, problem solving, working through the plans and figuring out how it all comes together. The best thing is seeing the result after starting with a blank section and then six months later seeing a brand new house that you can be proud of.”
Now that James is his own boss, he gets to see the construction plans, work with the architects and the client to make it work from start right through to finish and that is the source of great satisfaction.
Employing the apprentice who was with the old boss means that James also has the pleasure of passing on his knowledge and craft—another source of great pride.
Based in Christchurch, James Rule Construction operates throughout the Canterbury region under-taking anything from landscaping projects right through to renovations, extensions and new builds.
At a time when many building companies are finding it harder to find substantial work to do, James’ boss was able to pass on a project to kick-start the new business.
“The project had been in the wings for the last three or four years but for various reasons was Richard Loader unable to be started earlier.
“The building was a large weatherboard home in Fendalton that had been seriously damaged by earthquake and had to be demolished. We started the construction project in July of last year.”
With a footprint of 220m2 the four bedroom two-storey building has a total floor area of 330m2.
Gone is the weatherboard and in its place is a contemporary 75mm Resene Rockcote system with rusticated cedar weatherboards at two of the gable ends, and a dark coloured metal tray roofing.
“The lower level has a main bedroom with ensuite, a double garage, laundry and storage room off the garage, media room, large sewing room, open plan lounge, kitchen and dining.
There’s a fixed skylight over the kitchen island which floods the area with light.
Raked ceilings feature in the three upper level bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Two skylights in the upper level hallway open electronically, flooding the area with light and providing a source of airflow that is complemented with three heat pumps.”
Having enjoyed the end-to-end building process, James says his first foray into home construction under his own brand has been a valuable experience.
“Understanding the value of developing strong relationships with a range of trusted subcontractors has been a key learning going forward.”
With three young children and Paula working behind the scenes James Rule Construction is set to be a family business well into the future.
This article was brought to you in association with the following businesses…

  • Haase Marshall Drainage
  • Dawn Electrical Limited
  • Scotts Plumbing
  • James Rule Construction

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