When it comes to Sydney home building, Chris Books has seen it all. As proprietor of Addbuild, Chris leads a construction business that has completed over 2,000 Sydney home renovations, extensions and additions in their 40-year history.
Along the way, there have been purple patches and testing times. Each brings their challenges, and Chris talks with pride about how Addbuild uses their experience to make sure the company continues to thrive.
Why Experience Matters
Chris is passionate about what he sees as the foundations of his company’s longevity, a company he joined in 1986 before becoming the owner in 2000.
“Addbuild was one of Sydney’s first builders specialising in extensions and additions, and because of that we have the industry know-how and contacts that allow us to predict and work through different situations,” Chris notes.
“That can be everything from how to best approach a tricky build on a sloping site with limited access, to knowing what to do because we’ve anticipated before anyone else that there’ll be a rush to build after a government stimulus is announced,” Chris explains.
“Our experience means we have back-up plans for when building work goes crazy, or when it drops off because of a market downturn. Typically, these scenarios can trip up less experienced builders.”
The Australian construction sector has had to cope with plenty of challenges recently – COVID, supply issues, inflation and interest rate rises – but, as Chris points out, Addbuild has been through many similar situations and have learnt