Ray Sale onsite with Site Foreman, Garrick Henderson. Image credit www.nzherald.co.nz
I’ve had an interest in building since I was a 5 year old, as most little boys do. As a child I spent hours at a time in my grandfather's garage using old wood and bricks to build endless amounts of stuff. When I was the tender age of 16 I left school and started working in a joinery shop to gain my apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery. 8 years later I decided it was time to go explore the world, from what was going to be a 2 year overseas experience turned into 8 years abroad.
An opportunity presented itself that allowed me to live and work in London’s high end renovation market. Employed by a small building company of 15 employees working in the lucrative suburbs of Kensington and Chelsea, I managed to rise through the ranks from builder to site foreman and then to project manager, where at the company's peak I became in direct control of 132 staff and over $18 million of domestic renovation contracts.
My wife Tracey and I travelled through thirty-six countries and gained a world of life-experiences. In 2004 we decided to return to our roots in New Zealand to start our own family and with the dream of establishing a renovation company that would bring high end construction knowledge and the finest of finishings to the local building market.
I now have over 25 years of building experience and have crafted new homes and renovated existing properties to the highest of standards for over 100 happy customers. My passion to build and renovate quality-crafted homes is at the forefront of Haven Renovation's core values. When required I am more than happy to offer my creative input, however the bottom line is that we listen to what our client's specify and complete their homes exactly how they want - understanding that every individual client's taste and requirements differ greatly.
I pride myself in my quality, expertise and reliability. It has always been my aim to establish and operate a company that is based on core values that revolve around these principles. Too often enough I hear of builders with shoddy workmanship and poor reliability making the whole building and renovation process far more stressful than it need be.