A construction company behind some of the most celebrated houses in Auckland has expanded to cover North Shore to Wellsford.
Mike and Hannah Faulkner have established a new northern branch of the 40-year-old family business, Faulkner Construction.
It means Mike can stop commuting to Auckland and spend more time with his one-year-old son. Faulkner Construction comes highly commended, having won no less than 16 awards from the Master Builders Home of the Year awards.
Mike has built or project managed some of the most recognisable homes in Auckland, including a 700 square metre, five-bedroom house in Flat Bush, featuring a two-tonne tropical fish tank.
The company specialises in high-end residential renovations and new builds.
Mike and his two brothers, who are also builders, have had a particularly high standard drilled into them by their father, and business founder, Ross Faulkner. “Dad would feel all the joints on your finishing lines, and if it wasn’t up to gold-award winning standard, he would have you tear it down at the company’s cost and have it redone.
That standard has been ingrained into us boys,” Mike says.
He says he has the capacity to apply that meticulous level of detail to three to four houses this year and he is looking for clients. He says northern architects have a lot to gain from working with the new business, including the backing and resource of the Auckland office.
“Communication with the client and architect is very important to us. These builds can last from eight months to two years, so clients need to be able to see results along the way.”
Mike says in the current financial climate, clients should also look for companies that have strong financial backing and have a proven record of riding the ups and downs. “Put your trust in experience. There is a lot of risk out there right now.”
Faulkner has had three apprentices star in the Apprentice of the Year awards, and Mike wants to develop more local talent. “It’s a great option for young guys or girls who aren’t excelling academically at school or prefer practical work. They learn life skills, build cool stuff and, at the end, have a decent wagon filled with tools.”