In just six years, Jason Gorton Builders’s reputation for quality workmanship has resulted in the Invercargill-based company undertaking work over a wide geographical area in the south.
Owner Jason Gorton says his company currently has jobs in progress in Invercargill, Queenstown, Cromwell, and as far north as St Bathans.
“We are probably getting to the point where about 50% of our work is in Central Otago.”
It also has a strong presence over a diverse range of sectors including commercial, tourism, residential, rural and renovations.
Consequently Jason is off the tools and spends his days making sure projects are running smoothly, supported by his wife, Michelle, who has a key role in the business.
The couple are supported by nine trade staff, plus labourers and a designer.
A project completed mid last year involved building two homes of 129 square metres each on one 872 square metre site in Rannoch Drive, Jacks Point.
Each has three bedrooms and makes great use of their relatively compact footprint on a partially sloping site.Exterior cladding, comprising board and batten and cedar, are a perfect aesthetic fit for the alpine setting.
“They’re very much pavilion style so you’ve got gable ends with exposed trusses to the street frontage. The houses fit in really well with the Jacks Point environment.”
Inside, the kitchen has polished concrete bench-tops and polished concrete floors which extend to the living area, while the ensuites, bathroom and laundry are tiled; carpet features throughout the bedrooms for underfoot comfort.
A built-in log burner brings warmth and ambience on winter days and nights, while the cathedral ceiling in the living, dining and lounge areas creates a sense of light and space.
While the plans for the home were supplied, Jason believes a builder’s input is valuable to achieve the best result for the client and to accommodate the requirements of a site.
The amount of work being done in Central Otago has resulted in Jason Gorton Builders having a team based in Cromwell; this has created effiencies as well as cost savings for clients, “rather than sending staff away and charging accommodation costs.”
“Several of our qualified staff are foremen who can oversee jobs and drive them and I can project manage from a distance and keeping everything moving forward.”
“We take a comprehensive approach to project management, providing our clients with a wide range of contracting services to cover their building and renovation needs.”
In a busy construction economy and with seven houses currently in various stages of construction, good coordination of materials and sub-trades is crucial to eliminating down time and to achieve timely completion of any project, Jason says.
Central Otago remains buoyant; a potential wildcard in the southern building industry could be the Invercargill residential market as a major central city redevelopment, including the construction of and eight story hotel, takes place.
“It’s definitely moving forward, that’s all going to change the game quite a bit and keep the market interesting. There’s definitely plenty happening down here.”
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