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I feel very fortunate to have been born into a wide family of the various trades.
- My father has been a professional luxury kitchen installer, for more than 40 years
- My step father was a classical car restorer (welding, panel beating, etc.), and now a general handyman for both commercial and residential properties
- My brother in law is a fifth generation plasterer
- My step uncle has been a professional painter and decorator for nearly 20 years
- Another other uncle is a full-time double glazing fitter
- A further uncle is an advanced electronics engineer
- My grandfather was a precision engineer and designer.
- My own degree was in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Wales, Cardiff.
My earliest memories are on building sites, renovating and building our own homes. I would work with my father every holiday from about 14 years old, helping removing the old and and then installing the new luxury fitted kitchens, and this continued for many years. Similarly the rest of my family would have me on-site at various times, helping teach me their trades, and utlising my enthusiasm and energy to help get the job done.
I brought my own first home aged 23, which of course had a lot of renovation work on it. I’ve renovated two others since then for myself. Plus of course countless homes and businesses for other people.
In 2016, I purchased a 40 year old wooden sail boat with my partner, that we now live aboard in central Wellington, and which we’re further restoring together.
‘Jason of all trades’ is the trading name of Parlour NZ Ltd. This is the company I work through, which also holds public liability insurance, GST registration, etc.
I’m always keen to learn and I turn my hands to most things, hence ‘Jason of all trades’.