From pen­ciled house plans to 3D tours

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

With over 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in car­pen­try, one Mata­mata builder has seen his fair share of changes to the in­dus­try.

Peter Vossen has just been hon­oured with a cer­tifi­cate which marks his 25 years as a reg­is­tered Mas­ter Builder.

How­ever, 25 years is only a bench­mark achieved with Mas­ter Builders, his ca­reer in car­pen­try goes back much fur­ther than that.

Af­ter leav­ing Mata­mata Col­lege with high marks in wood­work, his gate­way into the in­dus­try started in 1977 with Pot­ter Brothers, Trevor and Ray­mond.

‘‘Dad said go out and find a job, so I went door knock­ing for an ap­pren­tice­ship and man­aged to pick one up.’’

As tech­nol­ogy has de­vel­oped, so has the build­ing in­dus­try. Long gone are the days of pen­cil and pa­per to cre­ate house plans, now clients can do a vir­tual walk through.

‘‘Years ago with pen­cil and rub­ber, it was a longer process.

‘‘The avail­abil­ity of CAD draw­ing equip­ment, 3D mod­els and visual im­agery make it eas­ier for clients to un­der­stand. The bulk of all the de­ci­sions are made be­fore you start.’’

He says the hands-on craft­man­ship makes build­ing so ex­cit­ing, such as a villa he built for a client on Maple Place.

The home won gold and gold re­serve in the Waikato Home of the Year com­pe­ti­tion and went on for con­sid­er­a­tion to the Na­tional Home of the Year.

‘‘The more car­pen­try that we do, the more my guys en­joy it too.’’

He says the lack of land for new devel­op­ments in Mata­mata is al­ways a con­cern, and there is now more build­ing ac­tiv­ity out of town.

‘‘We are run­ning out of land. It’s a bit of a con­cern, no one saw it com­ing. If some­one was to start a de­vel­op­ment to­day, it would be two years be­fore builders were build­ing on it. That’s why we are spread­ing our wings and build­ing out of town.’’

Vossen al­ways has an ap­pren­tice on staff. Since start­ing the busi­ness in 1985, Vossen has given 22 ap­pren­tices an in­tro­duc­tion to build­ing.

His son Bjorn has been one such ap­pren­tice. The 23 year old grad­u­ated late last year from BoP Polytech, Toi Ohomai, with a Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in car­pen­try level four.

‘‘It gives me a lot of sat­is­fac­tion to see them go from boys to men, and see them evolve. I’m big on giv­ing back to the in­dus­try.’’

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