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November Newsletter 2014

Welcome to this edition of What’s on the Horizon.

We are coming towards the end of what has been a frenetic year! Hard to imagine we'll be taking a break in only 3 weeks, but we're only closed for 2-3 weeks and we'll be back on board in the office by January 12th, 2015 - ready and raring to take on 2015 with full force!

Wishing you and your families a Happy Hannukah, a Merry Xmas, and a Happy New Year 2015!

Recent News

  1. We have secured several new projects to start in the new year, and are tendering on several more. Watch this space!
  2. We can no longer accept any more tenders that will be due this year, but if you wish to send them over, we can look at them over the break, and have them ready by the end of January if necessary.
  3. Looking back on the year, our 25th in business, it has been another hugely successful one, by any form of measure.
    • We won two major awards at the MBA NSW Excellence in Housing Awards, including Young Builder of the Year
    • We successfully delivered 9 major projects, and over 50 small works projects to our clients & designers.
    • We kept 50 employees busy through what has been a fairly difficult economicenvironment
    • No major accidents on any of our sites, maintaining our exemplary safety record.
    • 3 of our apprentices finished their trade and became qualified carpenters. 2 of our carpenters finished their Certificate IV in building. Almost all of our entire staff completed First Aid training. Many other courses were completed by our staff, continuing our commitment to always furthering the skills, training, and education of all our staff.


Vaucluse Residence IX - A new three-storey home built with MHN Design Union & Alba & Associates Engineers. With almost no walls on the ground floor, and very exacting ceiling heights required, this was one of the most technical and complicated designs we have ever had to construct. Yet this home was delivered to a very high standard - on-time and on-budget, following a 20 month lump-sum programme.


How much solar energy is enough?As a rough guide, a house with one or two people will likely need a 1.5kW system. A household with up to three people and a few fancy appliances may need 3kWs. While a big family will probably need a 5kW system.

Factors to consider are of course the rebates available from the government, plus physical attributes such as

where the panels will be located, how they are oriented, and even what other solar systems you have like pool heating and hot water.

As usual, the best thing to do is consult an expert.


Choosing the right builder can make or break a project. Each month we suggest things you can ask your builder in order to differentiate between them, and help make the right decision.

Ask about the business history of the potential company.


The average lifespan of a building business in NSW is 3.5 years. Your builder is not only building your house. They’re also conducting a BUILDING BUSINESS, often with transactions in the millions of dollars. You want to know that the business has been around for a while, and will be for many years to come – during your build, and the maintenance period afterwards, at the very least!

How long has the business been running? Under the same name? A change of name often is a sign of past problems they wish to avoid.

Are they a sole trader or Pty Ltd company?

Have they got a team, or a one-man band? How do they manage staff-turnover?

Has the owner ever been bankrupt, or owned another building business that has gone bankrupt?

The annual Horizon Habitats Golf Championship will again be held at the Macquarie Links Golf course. This year it will be held on Friday 2nd Jan 2015, and is a great chance to get out and play on an excellent course, and have a fantastic time with our staff, subcontractors, suppliers and clients.Prizes for overall winning team (Ambrose), longest drive, nearest to the pin, and also for the best player who is a combined over-40 & over 100kg. Email us if you wish to join us on the day!

Check out this revolving shoe rack! It can hold up to 228 pairs of shoes, and fits neatly in amongst your wardrobe joinery. Funnily enough, it's called the "Woman's Dream", by Lsazy Lee

Being Movember, and the Building game being a pretty much male-dominated industry, we thought we'd illustrate some important facts about male health...

Quality homes can only be built with Quality People! This month we meet HH carpenter, Bradley Macrae. Brad has been with HH since the beginning of 2009, and has completed his Cert III in Carpentry and Cert IV in Building with Horizon. Brad now works on site as a framing and finishing carpenter, and aspires to one day be a foreman. Outside of Building, Brad loves to play 18 holes of Golf most weekends.

A reminder about HH Maintenance & Small Works Division’s services:

  1. Routine maintenance – Monthly, Quarterly, or Annually
  2. Reactive maintenance – one off jobs
  3. Small building works – kitchens, bathrooms, new openings, decks, pergolas etc.
  4. Remedial building works – strata repairs, waterproofing, render repairs etc.

Around the Grounds - What is keeping us busy at the moment?

It's not just about the big houses! Our Maintenance & Small Works Division does all kinds of projects, like this one - a weekend refurbishment at Prince of Wales Hospital completed recently.

Another M&SWD project - This terrace reno in Redfern is also taking shape, and nearing completion by the end of the year.

Roof just about on in Vaucluse

Our record-breaking 235m3 ground floor slab was poured in Watson Bay! 40 concrete trucks on a tight site and one-way street!

Best regards,

David & the Horizon Habitats Team.

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