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.
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.
Having started his working career in the Hawkes Bay alongside Ryan, Nathan has always taken an interest in the construction industry. However, when the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2008, Nathan took the opportunity to further develop himself and went to study Electrical Engineering.
Following the successful completion of his degree, he worked for NZ's largest transport company, designing and project managing the installation of controls systems. The latter part of his career in this industry also gave him experience in leadership and strategic asset management.
Oddly enough, during this time Nathan leaned on some of the key things he learnt while working as a tradesman which put him in good standing for a successful career in the corporate environment.
However, there was always the pull of the construction industry. Nathan always took an interest in talking to Ryan about how things could be improved in the building industry, and the opportunities to work on exciting homes for people who really wanted to build their dream home.
So when the time came to join Ryan at Our Projects, it wasn't a hard decision to make. Now every day is about constant improvement and building homes that make him proud to be a part of the team.
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 – so get in touch!