Hands-on experience second to none
BY CHLOE VELLINGA
As published in The West Australian New Homes lift-out on 28/05/16
From the age of 16, Jeff Edgar sat in his woodwork and technology drawing classes with the dream of one day being a builder.
With this aspiration in his back pocket, Mr Edgar left school in Year 11 in pursuit of a highly competitive fouryear Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeship.
He then moved into the office environment to refine the art of scheduling, before landing a job at Summit Home Improvements in 1987.
Since then Mr Edgar has progressed leaps and bounds, working his way to the top, and three years ago he lead his team in the build of their new Myaree head office.
“I have been involved in probably about 2800 renovations all over Western Australia, down south and in the metropolitan area,” Mr Edgar said.
“Home improvement is definitely a specialised field – it is pretty much all bespoke, meaning there are no two designs or homes that are the same.”
For nearly 30 years Mr Edgar has enjoyed the challenges that are part and parcel of working in the renovation division.
“Every single wall you break down or every ceiling you remove, there is always something different, so it keeps you on your toes the whole time,” he said.
“Probably about 90 per cent of our clients are living inside the houses when we do the renovations.
“So whether we are extending out the back or adding a second storey on the house, we have got to accommodate the people in their houses.
“These people are trying to go about their normal business, some of them with babies, some with grandparents – it is certainly challenging.”
When offering advice to the next generation of builders or carpenters coming through the ranks, Mr Edgar advises to get as much experience under your belt as possible.
“I was lucky enough to do some weekend work with a family friend who was a carpenter and builder so that is where it all started for me,” he said.
“Throughout my career I have always made sure I have paid some interest in what other trades are doing so that it gives you a broad knowledge of the industry.
“Don’t be afraid to try and help the other trades out because that gives you a very broad base knowledge, rather than just putting the blinkers on.”
CONTACT Summit Home Improvements
6365 2901 (Perth Metro), 9760 1940 (South West)