First entry an award-winner for builder

First entry an award-winner for builder
The 280 square metre home that won silver for Shawn Williamson Building in the New Home $700,000 to $1 million category.

When Shawn Williamson began his building company 25 years ago, the Te Puke based builder didn’t plan to grow to the extent the business has, however looking back on that journey Shawn says he’s satisfied with what he and his team have achieved.
“We started off small but then it just made sense to extend to include other allied services, so today we have a joinery shop with three full-time joiners and three full-time painters. It means we can fit out and decorate our projects.”
Shawn has always had apprentices on board with many staying on to become part of the team of 28 staff.
Given it’s size and scope of activities Shawn Williamson Building usually has upward of 10 projects on the go, ranging from renovations, new homes, commercial and industrial builds, landscaping, maintenance and school work.
Shawn was pleased to see a beautifully crafted new home, he built for a professional couple, south of Katikati taking out a silver award this year in the Bay of Plenty/Central Plateau region Master Builders House of the Year awards.
“It took us 12 months to complete. We did all the joinery and painting inside and given it was the very first time we have entered, I was delighted to receive this recognition from the industry.”
The 280sqm home entered in the Nulook New Home $700,000 – $1m category has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living spaces and has been designed to offer plenty of spaces for extended family to gather as well as private areas.
“It was a very involved process and looking at the completed home there are many stand-out features for me, including the emphasis on detailing, the timber ceilings, and the way the spaces flow.”
A step-down lounge, adjacent to the kitchen/ dining area is home to a feature wall fire-place, while a wrap around stair-case makes full use of a clever blend of glass balustrading with timber detailing, timber stairs and steel supporting structure.
“I like the way the staircase is a stand-out design feature in its own right without over-powering the space. It doesn’t interrupt the views inside.”
Outside the home’s mono-pitched roofs have a range of angles giving the home a dramatic sense while the dark cladding means the home doesn’t fight for attention with its surrounds. Shawn says the build went very well.
Given it’s positioning on the side of a hill, offering uninterrupted views across wetland and rolling rural spaces, there was extensive foundation work.
Helping Shawn is a team of five management staff, including a Quantity Surveyor.
When Business North spoke with Shawn he had a number of school builds on. The company has also grown long-standing relationships with the horticulture sector building packhouses and associated infrastructure.
“With the team I have we can take on a wide range of builds big and small. We enjoy the variety undertaking projects from commercial fit-outs, council and community work, new homes and renovations to school work affords us.”
While based in the Bay of Plenty Shawn takes on work throughout that region, from South of Taupo to East of Whakatane and throughout Waikato.
“We’re always happy to supply a quote and we have excellent relationships with our suppliers so our projects fl ow well from start to finish.”
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