Business Central October 2023

86 | BUILDING Roger Prestidge Builder T T Richard Loader Creating craftsmen of the future Hawera craftsman builder Roger Prestidge has no hesitation in acknowledging that he is an old school, traditional builder; something that is reflected in the quality of his high-end residential projects, along with the skilled tradesmen that have been fortunate enough to serve their apprenticeship through Roger Prestidge Builder. “I learned my craft and hand-tool skills from another traditional builder. We did a lot of alterations and I learned the skills of how to add into a house. I’ve passed those traditional skills on to my apprentices so that they will become the craftsmen builders of the future. “ RThey have all come out very qualified and successful tradesmen. I’ve trained nine apprentices so far, and apprentices are hugely important for the future of the industry.” Roger Prestidge Builder was founded in 1990, after Roger had completed his apprenticeship and Advanced Trade Certificate. Initially he contracted to a couple of other builders on a labour only basis, and gained valuable experience building a significant number of town houses in Hawera. In the mid ‘90s Roger decided the time was right for Roger Prestidge Builder to undertake projects under its own brand. “In those early days we were a team of two, and now with the volume and range of projects that we undertake we’ve grown to a team of eight. We operate on site with two to three FRESH PAINT SINCE 1956. Proudly Supporting Roger Prestidge Builder GRAYPAINTERS.CO.NZ 0800 127 246 | Specialising in all plaster finishes Free Quotes • Over 30 years experience Contact Peter 027 445 8708 06 278 4842 33 Turuturu Road, Hawera Our team has a combined total of 30 years experience in the tiling industry! We are committed to offering the best service, advice and installation. Free quotes, huge tile selection to suit any budget, and we'll liase with other tradesmen and the council for you. Proudly supporting Roger Prestidge Builder Proud to supply high quality kitchens to Roger Prestidge Builders. projects on at any one time, and the majority of our work is around the South Taranaki area. Most of our clients are private individuals, including farmers wanting a new home built on their land, or who have cashed up and are now ready to build their dream home right in town.” While the business does get involved in some commercial projects, its core area of specialisation and bread and butter work is design and build residential homes. “We specialise in quality,” says Roger. “We focus on new high-end architectural design and build residential projects, including townhouses.” The process typically commences with a site visit so that Roger can appreciate the lay of the land and where the house would be ideally sited on the building platform to maximise solar efficiency and space. “I will sit down with the client and ask what their budget is, what sort of house they are wanting, what their lifestyle is and how the house will be used, how many bedrooms and what size of home they are looking at. I will then get a concept plan sketched up, put that to the client, before referring to our architectural draughtsman for further development. I work with the client and the draughtsman all the way through the process. Once the client has agreed to the design it is submitted for pricing, before working drawings are developed. Sometimes a client will approach us with a plan of what they want and we are happy to work with that as well.”