Archer house, Whale Beach


Craig Rosevear
Architect


2000

Close project

David Archer
Client

We did the usual inspections of John’s previous work and felt pretty happy that he could tackle the job. What I didn’t appreciate until later were the challenges associated with the very fine tolerances of the house, and the locally difficult conditions, by the ocean. John performed superbly.

John is a perfectionist and that translates into an owner’s attitude to the project. This resulted in only ‘light touch’ inputs from us, and absolutely no dramas. John teamed well with everyone on the project and was fastidious in selecting the best subcontractors. His tradesmen all worked to the same text and as a result we have a house that we still admire for its building quality.

Craig Rosevear
Architect

John is a hard-working builder. At Whale Beach he would be down in the mud digging a trench with the boys. But he is also a builder who respects what architects do. So he understands and values the aesthetic while ensuring that the building works.

He only wants to build things that look beautiful and work beautifully. It has 
to be strong and waterproof and 
long-lasting. He keeps working away until he’s accomplished that. Then 
he is happy.

John is unfailingly honest about how long it will take to build well—and about what it is going to cost. There 
are no games, and no surprises.

When I want to explore new ideas with high degrees of difficulty, John is first choice. If he isn’t available I have to modify the design to make it more 
simple and easier to build.