Stroud Homes Opens Wide Bay Office
We’re excited to announce the opening of Stroud Homes Wide Bay, with Slade Walters, a local second generation builder with over 23 years’ experience in the building industry.
Based in Bundaberg, he’ll be looking after the Wide Bay region, building homes in Childers, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and surrounding areas.
Slade will be joined by his wife Aletha, who has worked with him on building projects for the past 7 years, managing the business, administration, colour consultations and sales process side of things while he focuses on building, estimates and supervising construction.
Aletha points out that while they’re locals, Slade has a very broad range of experience to draw on;
“He’s gone from working for his father as a residential outfit, to going to Sydney and working for Masterton Homes leading up to the 2000 Olympics, he’s worked out west in a residential capacity, in Cairns where he did commercial work, then out to Darwin for more commercial work; things like the Qantas lounge extension at the airport.”
Now, building homes under the Stroud name, Slade and Aletha are looking forward to being able to offer award winning home designs, a long list of quality standard inclusions and an approachable building team.
“We’re a small team but you’ll be dealing directly with the owners which we think is great, even when we do take on a bigger team we really want to keep that one on one contact with the client,” Aletha says.
“It’s our goal that Slade will always oversee any contracts with clients so he’s involved from the beginning and knows exactly what they want, and I’ll always stay involved with the colour selections and do that sort of thing with my degree in building design, so we’ll have that one on one time with each client.”
Although they’ve lived and worked all over the country, it’s important to remember that Slade and Aletha are born and bred in Childers
“Yes we’ve lived all over Australia, we’ve lived in Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne, and Cairns, and Slade has worked as a builder in all those areas as a contractor, whether it’s corporate or residential,” Aletha says.
“It’s really good because as you can imagine the QBCC rules and regulations vary so widely from Darwin to Sydney, through termite protection in the north, working with steel or timber.”
“It’s given Slade a real broad knowledge, and working with different people he’s seen that there’s more than one way to do something, which can help a lot when you’re working on a home.”
When building your own home, especially your first home, it’s important to find a builder with that approachable manner.
“You need people that are going to work with you and not against you, to give you as much information as possible, they need to be friendly, transparent and easy to work with,” Aletha says.
If you’re looking to build in the Wide Bay region come and talk to Slade and Aletha today.