Hailing from the flat lands of the mighty Manawatu, Ryan Strawbridge comes from multiple generations of 'farming tradesman' (tradesman that seem to enjoy the added stress of being farmers too). Experiencing this first hand, he decided he would fight fate and be anything but a builder like his father.
So off he went to try his hand at multiple jobs - from onion picking, to bartending, to a truck and earthworks operator. Nothing quite fitted for him.
Eventually the call of the rugby shorts all year round, sawdust sammies, 'natural black' fingernail polish and sandpaper hands won him over.
Ryan spent his early building years in the central and lower north island, learning to build Character Homes, Villa Renovations and light commercial work.
In 2007 he took the classic two-year kiwi OE to the UK, where he was able to further his skills working on loft conversions and historic buildings, and of course drinking warm beer at the pub.
Then arriving back in New Zealand, he landed in Wellington where he spent a year working on commercial construction.
It was during this time in Wellington that Ryan realised he wanted more challenging work – so he made the move to the big smoke – Tāmaki-makau-rau, where he's spent the last decade growing his passion and honing his carpentry and project management skills.
Auckland has given him amazing opportunities to manage and build awesome homes. From large Villa Renovations, to smaller bespoke builds, and multi-million dollar architectural masterpieces, this type of work is his passion.
He's looking forward to sitting down with you and having a chat over a beer or coffee and he's ready to make your project our project.