Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Builder Secures State Award; Don Woods Homes Wins Retail Facilities Section

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Builder Secures State Award; Don Woods Homes Wins Retail Facilities Section

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THEY say winners are grinners. If that's the case then there are smiles for miles at Don Woods Homes after the local building company returned from the Queensland Master Builders Awards in Brisbane with some extra luggage.

After securing the coveted awards in the categories - Retail Facilities up to $5million and Home Renovation/remodelling Project $276,000-$575,000 at the Mackay and Whitsunday MBA presentation, they then went on to be contenders for the much sought after Queensland titles.

Although faced with some tough competition from some of Queensland's most elite builders, Don Woods Homes was recognised for its excellence in building.

It was a finalist in both categories and took home the trophy for the Retail Facilities up to $5 million.

"Both projects were in the final of the Master Builders State Awards held on October 4 in Brisbane after winning the regionals. This is an achievement by itself and we are really proud of this," Pam Woods said.

"We were honoured to receive the state award for the Totally Work Wear Building (Retail Facility up to $5million) against many other fine deserving projects," she said.

"We're still floating," Pam said after being asked how she and her husband Don and his hard working team were feeling after the awards. "It's an honour and a privilege - but something we've all worked extremely hard to achieve," she said.

Speaking to Don about his career, from his early days to the current achievements, it's easy to see why Don Woods Homes has become one of the most respected and highly awarded building companies in our region. From his attention to detail, persistence, diligence and genuine good-guy attitude and unwavering professionalism through to his quality workmanship, Don Woods and his team are the epitome of what it is to be a first-class building company.

Here's what Don had to say about his career, his business and his success:

Tell us a little about the history of your company - when did you start, how much have you expanded since then?

We started in 2002. At that stage I went out on my own, working for myself only. The business involved contracting out work to various subbies for plastering, plumbing, electrical etc. I started the business as a necessity as clients had been asking me to build their homes and so I responded to that demand.

We have progressed from a one-man show to having four permanent carpenters and one apprentice.

What are your areas of expertise?

Our specialty and expertise is high-end homes and major renovations. Renovations that can be very challenging, but these have become our forte. Having said that we also do all works, right from a small bathroom repair to commercial buildings.

We like a challenge and are not afraid to take on the more difficult projects.

Do you remember your first day on the job as an apprentice? …

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