The West Australian
Built on experience
Following in his father’s footsteps, VM Building Director Rob Agostino is passionate about creating distinct homes that surprise and surpass expectations.
Mr Agostino said his favourite aspect of building was finding alternative construction methods, as it provided a constant source of enjoyment. “There is always more than one way to achieve a home’s creative look and finish,” he said. “What really motivates us is to do so without our clients having to spend recklessly to achieve it. “We enjoy surprising our clients and seeing their reaction when we explain our way of doing things.” Specialising in the custom build market enables VM Building to draw on the full breadth of experience to overcome challenges, according to Mr Agostino. “We love the nature of custom homes, as each is unique to what our clients need,” he said. “Every build has challenges, ranging from limited site sizes resulting in complicated manoeuvrability issues, to some very intricate details in the actual construction phase. “Over the years we have met many building challenges, however, our experience enables us to think ahead of the issues and address them before we encounter them.” Originally set up in the 1980s by Mr Agostino’s father Vince, VM Building is a family-owned, second-generation builder with more than 60 years of combined experience. In that time it has become an award-winning builder of premium customised residences and townhouse villas. Among the awards it has received is the 2016 HIA CSR WA Townhouse/Villa of the Year and it was a finalist for HIA Australian Townhouse/Villa of the Year. VM Building has retained the same name since its inception, but recently went through a rebranding exercise, which Mr Agostino said aimed to reflect a more contemporary direction. “The name remains unchanged because of its meaningful history,” he said. ”However, we felt our brand needed modernising to reflect how we design and construct today; it was time to rejuvenate and stand out more than we have in the past.” Of the many homes and projects VM Building has had a hand in over the years, there is one that stands out for Mr Agostino. The task was to replace a sprawling older home on a 1400sqm block in Yokine with four properties that would make the most of the adjoining parkland and uninterrupted city views. “It sat well with us after we knew the resulting four homes were going to be an improvement of what was there,” Mr Agostino said. Mr Agostino said VM Building was able to stand out in a competitive building industry due to its attitude and approach to every job. “Our communication with clients is key – they know every step we take, so we have full transparency in how we operate,” he said. “To achieve our standards on every home we purposefully select a small number of homes a year.” VM Building is about to begin construction on its first display homes, which Mr Agostino is very excited about. “It will showcase what we are capable of and that we can continue delivering great homes at a great price,” he said. “We also have new homes from $500,000 to $1.5 million ready to be viewed by appointment, which will surprise and delight.” In addition to focusing on the display home, VM Building is currently working on a home at Watermans Bay for former Socceroo and now Perth Glory Assistant Coach Richard Garcia and his wife Janelle. This is the second time the couple has built with VM Building. “Their friendliness, approach and honesty gave us confidence they were going to be there every step of the way,” Mr Garcia said.