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March Newsletter 2016

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

David Moses Managing Director
Building wisdom

Recently I was chatting with an internationally renowned architect about an upcoming project and he mentioned his firm’s interest and belief in the principles and style of Wabi-Sabi. I have to be honest, I hadn’t heard of the term, but now that I've researched it, I too am fascinated with the idea that basic, natural objects and materials can be interesting and beautiful. It’s also a pretty good metaphor for life in general, and I like to relate it to the day-to-day grind - it puts repetitive and mundane tasks into perspective.

In essence, it’s a Japanese and Buddhist philosophy based on the belief that true beauty comes from imperfection and incompletion. It’s centered on three basic things, and inside these, one can find beauty.

  1. Nothing is ever perfect
  2. Nothing is ever complete
  3. Nothing is ever permanent - everything is in a state of decay
Careful selection of finishes when building a home, can exhibit an element of natural beauty and show it has been made by a craftsman’s hands. Like the uneven finish of hand-made ceramic tiles, the texture of off-form concrete, natural stone or rammed earth walls, the patina of copper or zinc, the grains of timber, or the movement of a stucco wall.

We're not suggesting it’s OK if our skirting boards aren’t level, or our tiling not straight. In fact, I think it’s the complete opposite – our execution has to be first-rate, so that the natural beauty of the materials will remain prominent, and that their beauty endures and increases as they age over time.

Building partnerships

Our Cost Planning Seminar has been specifically designed for architects and designers, with the aim to provide an insight into the complex building process.

The seminar includes discussion points where both parties participate. These points include how the teams can work together in a smooth and transparent way, and how to manage client expectations throughout the project. The one hour seminar also covers: efficient cost-planning and pre-construction processes, getting competitive tenders, your builder as a consultant, project delivery options, as well as gaining greater insight into the general building process.

The Seminar is recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects as an approved Continued Professional Development activity. Everyone who attends the Seminar obtains two CPD points to go towards the 12pts needed each year to maintain an A+ accreditation.

Feel free to book in your team with us now, here.

Building wisdom

"If you believe passionately in what you are doing and whom you are doing it with, success is bound to follow."
Anisa Kamadoli Costa

We are all passionate about what we do and we have learnt that doing it with the right team is the thing that enhances this passion and is why we meet and exceed our clients expectations - no matter what the job is..

Building quality

Natural materials are the feature of one of our latest projects in Vaucluse, recently completed in collaboration with some fantastic clients, and designers Mackenzie Pronk Architects, Arent & Pyke, and Kaintoch Architecture. The neutral palette and understated interiors offer the family a stylish and practical home. The residence features a pool and gym, an integrated gas-boosted solar hydronic heating system, that also provides hot water and pool heating, a Dynalite Smart Home, oak flooring and an amazing double-height honed travertine feature wall in the voids. Photos by Brett Boardman.

Building leaders

Apprentices are the future of our company, and the industry. When we employ apprentices (we have twelve), we're hiring the next generation of leaders. Instead of "Apprentice", we should call them "Future Foremen".

Introducing James Hawkins, he is a 1st Year Apprentice, who joined Horizon in January 2016.

James what do you enjoy most about working at HH?
Probably the fact that there is no negativity on the worksite. It is very positive place. Plus everyone is calm and contributes to whatever task has to be done and gets on with it.
Tell us about something special you have achieved at HH, and why it stands out?
I have made lots of new friends and contacts. But the main thing is, I get to learn something new everyday and help out other people, it's a huge achievement.

What does a typical work-day involve for you?
Ha ha getting dirty! And learning new skills everyday, from the people I work with.

Which of HH's core values resonate with you most, and why?
The five rules of PPE [Personal Protective Equipment], because they are important on the worksite and can save your life. Stuff like eye and ear protection - safety on-site is always priority number one for us.

HH is a people business; which person in particular do you enjoy working with and rely on most and why?
Alexis Pryor AKA the HULK, as he is always willing to take time and put in the effort to talk or teach new skills to apprentices and workers in general. He is very reliable in all aspects of work.

Where's home?  
The country town of Tamworth.

How would you describe yourself?  
I'm a country bloke, according to most people.

Your favourite sporting teams and why?
The Waratahs because it's NSW, the state we live in!

What are your favourite activities to do outside of work? 
Playing rugby union and fitness training in general.

Three famous people you love to invite to a BBQ at your place?
Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Hawkins and Gisele Bundchen.

What was the best news you ever received?
Being selected for Australian schoolboys rugby union in 2015.

If you weren't in the building industry, where would we find you?
Definitely not at university, probably on the farm in Tamworth.

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Building sustainability

Rainwater is a natural and free source of fresh water, which is why water tanks are gaining popularity in the suburbs. When you think about it, using drinking grade water on the garden makes no sense at all. Even if you’re not in a drought-effected area, the benefits of harvesting your own water in a tank adds up.
  1. Save money – After the initial outlay for the tank and setup cost, having a water tank helps reduce water bills and reliance on mains water.
  2. Easy to install - Installation is straightforward, quick and cost effective. There’s a variety of colours and designs, and even one that fits under a deck.
  3. Save water – Use harvested water in the pool, washing the car, pressure cleaning pathways and on the garden. If you have the tank water plumbed into your house, it can be used for washing clothes and flushing toilets.
  4. Adds value – A rainwater tank gives you your own water supply to use during water restrictions. It adds value to your home, is as investment for the future and your kids will love you for it.
Ensure the water tank you choose is certified to AS4766. While AS4766 is not technically a legal stipulation, it’s prudent to select a water tank that meets this standard. Choosing a plastic water tank that complies with AS4766 will give you the peace of mind that your tank has been designed, manufactured and tested to deliver years of solid performance. Check out some here.

Building relationships

"They have delivered a very successful project and made building the exciting and magical process it should ideally be."

Jon King, Design King Company

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