Building and alteration business on the rise

2017-04-19 06:02
Mason West owner and founder, Craig Mason.                  Photo: supplied

Mason West owner and founder, Craig Mason. Photo: supplied

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EXTERIOR, interior building, alterations and renovations specialists, Mason West, pride themselves in delivering top quality work and giving customers their money’s worth.

This year they celebrate 12 years of service in the greater Amanzimtoti area.

Owner, Craig Mason started Mason West with a “blue Toyota Hilux”.

“Those days it just was myself and two labourers­,” Mason recalls.

The name comes from his surname and that of his initial business partner, John West, who after a year or two, decided to dedicate his time to service to the Lions and other similar type organisations.

Mason then bought John out and kept the name Mason West in respect of what John had done for him.

“Our projects span mainly from Athlone Park to Karridene. We specialise in the entire revamping of houses and flats, bathrooms, kitchens, add-ons and garden flats. This kind of work adds value to properties. I believe quality is worth paying for and we provide our customers with on-site supervision to ensure this happens.

“We also pride ourselves in giving a detailed quote so that one can see exactly what they are getting from the start.”

The business employs three foremen, and an operations manager, Wayne Schonknecht.

“Working outside the box has given me the chance to direct the business better, allowing my staff do what they do best with Wayne ultimately overseeing all the projects,” he added.

“My father was in the property business in the early seventies and has built many spec houses around Toti. With this upbringing, I took a liking to working with my hands. I absolutely love the business I am in as it is forever changing, and creative. Apart from costings and quotes, every now and then I get the time to do simple, but effective 3D-sketches for customers to enable them to visualise their projects better. Then being able to do the real thing makes it all the more worthwhile,” Mason said.

Ninety percent of their work comes from word of mouth. He has a passion for the community, which is evident with him serving in Amanzimtoti Lions with his wife, Alicia, for seven years. When the need arises, they are happy to assist in the community, where and when possible. Mason is also a proud grandfather of one - soon to be two - little girls.

When he is not working, he plays guitar, writes music and relaxes at home around his Koi pond.


Thinking of doing any building, alterations or renovations to your property…

Why are more people using Mason West?

Our goal is always set on giving customers their money’s worth and doing exactly what we say we would do in our quotes.

If you are in need of any of our many services, which you will find on our website, and do not want to fall short of any of the following, and we will be more than happy to furnish you with a detailed quotation at your earliest convenience.

Here are some of the reasons why we believe Mason West should be your first choice:

· We dedicate a team of staff carefully chosen to suite the requirements of your project, with an on-site foreman to ensure all is done correctly as per our quotation.

· We run all our projects with the utmost integrity to ensure we use the necessary materials in accordance with the manufacturers specifications, and do not take short cuts

· We offer complete flexibility in being able to take on various types of projects

· Our three-stage check ensures work is carried out to the best of our ability

· We have a combined 30 years of experience in the industry

· 12 years in service

· Transparent communication with customers throughout the process of the various projects

· Top priority is given to ensure our sites are always kept clean

· All building is done in accordance with the National Building Regulations

· We spell out what we do in absolute detail in our quotations

· We have a complex website to assist you with any project ideas you may have

· Friendly and polite staff, some of whom have been with us from the start and who can be trusted to take care not to damage any of your property and belongings

· All staff are on permanent contracts, registered with SARS, UIF and OID, and should someone get injured on-site, they are fully covered.

· We have commercial and contractor’s insurance, which includes public liability.

· We are dedicated to supporting local businesses with regards to materials required

· We endeavour to use only tried and tested local sub-contractors

· All necessary certificates of compliance are provided for the work we do where required

· We are members of the General, Domestic and Professional Employers Organisation

· Our administration department uses up- to-date Pastel and Payroll accounting systems

· We are VAT registered, which means, we have maintained a steady flow of business, which has been high enough to become registered by law

· We have a 12-month workmanship guarantee

Please visit our website www.mason to see a complex overview of our services, abilities, testimonials and pictures of some of the many projects we have completed in the greater Amanzimtoti area.

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