Impressive results in Havelock North

Impressive results in Havelock North
James’ proven systems and processes came into play to ensure organisation and efficient time management at every stage of the build.

Palmerston North’s JK Construction has travelled to Hawke’s Bay for a recent project, the company’s first full contract, first $1 million -plus home, and largest build it has undertaken in the two years it has been in business.
JK Construction owner James Wharerau has been building for 18 years, starting as an apprentice for Palmerston North building company Scott McGill Builders.
He carried on with the company until forming JK Construction at the end of 2016, and his reputation in Palmerston North quickly gained him a contract to build 10 houses for Humphries Construction.
He completed these in the next 18 months, growing JK Construction with two apprentices during this time.
JK Construction is now working on another 10 houses for Humphries Construction.
James then moved on to a small new build in Fielding, before the build in Havelock North was ready to start.
It is a home for his partner Katie Rigby’s mother, and as the final section to be built on in a private, gated, committee owned residential block, had been under planning for a couple of years.
“There were a lot of delays as everything had to be signed off by the committee,” James says.
“We had to deal with committee regulations and as the last home built in that development, keep disruption to a minimum for the neighbours. We could only work between certain areas, and being in such a distinguished area created additional pressure on the project.”
Working outside of his home region, James had a different council to deal with, as well as different subcontractors with no recommendations or personal experience to go on.

Impressive results in Havelock North
The two-storey, 220sqm Clarkson Architects designed home was built in an impressive six month time-frame.

 
James’ proven systems and processes came into play to ensure organisation and efficient time management at every stage of the build, and the end result is a two-storey, 220sqm Clarkson Architects designed, Hamptons style home, built in an impressive six month time-frame.
He says the piece of pie shaped section was possibly the worst one on the street, and certainly a challenge for architect Simon Clarkson to design a home that made best use of its site.
“We had to move the house this way and that to avoid blocking sun and views from neighbouring properties.”
James’ collaboration with his client was one of the project’s highlights, altering the plans to what his client was visualising and finding solutions.
The original roof over the garage had internal down pipes going through the building, which James says he doesn’t like for their potential for leakage.
He found a solution of repitching the roof so that external drainage could be achieved, without altering the aesthetic from the road or the second floor.
The chapel ceiling features, decorative rafters with bolted brackets, were imagined by the client and designed by James.
The build was 100% a challenge for the JK Construction team, but also a huge opportunity for the apprentices to learn some different practices, such as erecting structural steel, installing Cupolex foundations, and building two storeys.
With total control over all aspects of this build, JK Construction has come in well under budget and enjoyed compliments from its subcontractors, its client, and her neighbours.
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