‘What recession, says busy builder’
This headline ran in a newspaper article in the 1980s, celebrating Stuart Sheridan’s success. Travis and Jarrod say their father’s experience working successfully through a recession always reminds them of the importance of local work.
‘It is always important to maintain a local presence in the community, but even more so during a downturn,’ Jarrod says. ‘You need to stay front of mind for potential clients in your area at all times.’
From their father, Jarrod and Travis have gained an unmatched, in-depth knowledge of every facet of construction, especially when it comes to combining old structures with new works.
‘After working on hundreds of homes and seeing what works and doesn’t work over time, his experience is invaluable,’ Jarrod says. ‘He also has a real gift for developing a good rapport with clients and subcontractors, which ensures every project runs smoothly.’
Stuart remains a crucial collaborator and confidant in his sons’ business. The family best works together by delegating roles based on special expertise and skills. ‘We find that each person has a different skill set which ensures we can cover all aspects of the business effectively,’ Jarrod adds.
Sheridan Building offers a full design and construction service, including a virtual design studio allowing homeowners to walk through the proposed concept, even down to the furnishings they may wish to incorporate and where. Jarrod says when their clients utilise the in-house design service, the team oversee the entire project from start to finish.
‘This ensures a more cohesive and cost-effective build process and results in a higher-quality end product,’ he says.
The experienced builders pride themselves on high-quality workmanship and exceptional attention to detail, while delivering projects on time and within budget. Travis says they approach each construction project as if it were their own home and are involved in every aspect of the building process – from early consultation all the way to completion. ‘For us, nothing is more important than fulfilling our clients’ vision for their home,’ he says.
These values and practices have led the Sheridan Building team to a number of accolades for their building work, including multiple HIA awards, though the brothers are quick to point out their achievements are not defined by external awards. Instead, they say they are proud to be contributing to the quality of residential construction and training new trades to walk in their footsteps. Sheridan Building has one of the highest completion rates for apprentices in the region, and as a result of working alongside the passion, drive and dedication of their employers, a number of these apprentices have been inspired to start their own successful building businesses.