Steve Ross

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Steve Ross is the proud owner of SJR Builders Ltd. Steve completed his apprenticeship with Linnell Building in Hastings commencing at the age of 16, before becoming a labour only Contractor with Keith Hay Homes. He spent 15 years there progressing to yard foreman, to Branch Manager then Regional Manager with a position that eventually took him to their Auckland Head Office. There he was responsible for nationwide Contracts, costing structures, drafting and debtors.
Looking for a new challenge he was introduced via a mutual friend to Stewart Hanna which eventually lead relocation to Hamilton and employment with SJR Builders Ltd. After several years Steve & Stewart went into partnership for 7 years at which stage Steve and wife Debbie became full owners of the business, some 9 years ago. Along with Steve, Debbie manages all day to day accounting and payroll, there are 12 staff employed at SJR Builders Ltd. 3 apprentices, a labourer and the balance being trade qualified, 4 of who are licences Building Practitioners.
Working alongside Steve 4 days a week is Stewart Hanna, the founding owner of the company. Through the employment & partnership with Stewart it has been extremely rewarding Steve says. The wealth of knowledge and experience in running such a business, together with local knowledge of the building and building sites passed on has been invaluable.
At any given time the company can have 10 projects under construction and it is realistic for an architectural home to take anywhere between 10 to 18 months.

“More and more architects are talking to their clients about getting a builder involved before the plans are finished,” Steve says. “If we can have input early on, we can help out with advice on better construction methods and practices, which result in cost effective projects as well as a higher standard of finish”

Steve says building is all about passion, and he still loves it after 36 years in the trade.
As a member of Master Builders and current President of the Waikato Registered Master Builders, Steve is a strong believer of the Master Builders philosophy of ‘Cradle to the Grave’, we need to invest in our apprentices for the future and betterment of the industry. One of the wonderful things about having apprentices is seeing a young person leave school, develop and mature of the course of their apprenticeship into a talented competent tradesperson.
The friendships that develop with the clients are yet another rewarding aspect. These clients among others are now friends of Steve’s; their door is always open for a coffee whenever he is in the neighbourhood and it's one of the things that Steve loves most about his work.
Communication with the client, the designer, and the construction team is sometimes an easy thing to take for granted, but Steve says Stewart Hanna knows the importance of keeping everyone in the loop, clear lines of communication. You need to be clear and precise, never assume anything.

It’s easy to forget we’re professionals in our industry, and we’re working for people that may not know what we’re talking about. If I have a point of doubt, I’ll ask the architect two or three times if it takes, until I’m clear in my mind, and I push the same to my staff.”