we love small building jobs

Why we love small building jobs


When I first met JD about seven years ago, as a residential builder he was focussing on larger renovations and the occasional new, luxury home. Saw the movie, got the t-shirt. Now, our focus is on small building jobs and here’s why:


We like helping people

It’s true – JD really likes helping people come up with building solutions that are within their budget and that will add value to their lifestyle and/or their home. The solution to your problem may not be a big, expensive renovation, but that’s what a lot of builders prefer to work on. We like the smaller stuff.


A fast game is a good game

Small building jobs take less time than big building jobs – yep, you could have worked that out yourself – but it’s worth saying because we like being able to make changes to your home in a short space of time. Some of our jobs are only a day, others a week or so.


You get to sleep in

On larger renovations, start time is 7am. Not 7:05 or 7:07. 7am. Which, if you’re living in your home throughout the renovation – as many people do – means that you’ll need to be up and dressed by the time the builder and his crew arrive to start work. With smaller jobs, we can be a bit more relaxed about things. If it suits you better to have us start at 8am, we’re happy to make that happen.


We’re human so yes, we like to be appreciated too

When you’re working on a big building job, it can be a long, expensive and stressful process. People start to lose their sense of humour and by the time the builder is finished, customers often can’t wait to see the back of them. That’s not much fun for us. With small building jobs however, one of the reasons we enjoy working on them is that they deliver a worthwhile change for the customer in a short space of time, for not too much money. Everyone stays calm and we’re all happy at the end of it. Result.


Other professionals like what we do

People come to architects and structural engineers all the time needing plans for small building jobs. While those guys are happy to design them, they’re not so interested in project managing them and that’s where we come in. Architects know that we specialise in small building jobs but have big building job experience – so they’ll call us to take care of customers from planning stage through to completion. Suits us and it’s great for the customer too as they’re not paying an additional professional to get involved.


Have you had a hard time getting a builder out to look at a small building job? What’s your most pressing small job? Can we help?

Teaming up with Essentially Jess for IBOT


  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection

    I run a small business and it is the little jobs that keep things ticking over. The big job pay better but take longer and yes, more stressful.

  • Denyse Whelan Blogs

    That’s a great way of looking at the work isn’t it? Small and manageable and regular (always hoped for!) payments. My hub was a kitchen man. Design, make and install. I loved his creativity and he loved being able to help people. What he didn’t love so much was the gaps in payments, especially if he was working with a big builder or group. Lucky us though, he can still do our minor renos and in fact, I am going to feature the kitchen he did for the home we sold late 2014. One day, one day…when we get to buy again he is ‘itching’ to put his stamp on it. Cheers, Denyse #teamIBOT

    • alix@thebuilderette.com

      Hi Denyse and thanks for visiting! Yes, smaller jobs means that managing payments is a bit easier for everyone. Hope you get to put your stamp on things again soon. Cheers

  • Nicole @ The Builder's Wife

    Yes, yes and yes! We love the difference the “little” jobs make in our clients lives. xx

  • EssentiallyJess

    Good to know about the later start times! I’ll file that away for future knowledge.

  • Jodi Gibson

    My husband thrives on the project management of jobs, so prefers not large, I’d say medium sized jobs 🙂

  • Bec Senyard

    Dad and I did this when we downgraded our business to suit our lifestyle. Smaller jobs were all we could really handle.

    • alix@thebuilderette.com

      Yes, not worrying about someone else’s million-dollar renovation definitely makes for better sleep!

  • Michelle - Jarrah Jungle

    When we have tradies helping us renovate at home, some that are use to working on big jobs they say they love working residential (most likely because I feed them cups of coffee and biscuits!)

    • alix@thebuilderette.com

      He he – coffee and biscuits definitely help. My dad’s wife used to take their builders fresh baked muffins everyday – they ended up with an award-winning house!

  • Karin @ Calm to Conniption

    I have a teeny tiny job at the moment that we started and probably arent quite ready to finish. It’s good to know that the tiny jobs aren’t unwanted. I think it might lead into a big job anyway when it comes time for someone to look at our ceiling.

    • alix@thebuilderette.com

      Hi Karen – yes, we re definitely interested in small jobs and you’re right, often they turn into bigger things once a customer has a licensed builder in their home. Good luck with your little job. Cheers.

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